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Being a NCIS Special Agent is one of the most challenging and fulfilling careers in law enforcement. NCIS Special Agents gain broad law enforcement experience and are given responsibility early on in their careers. Special Agents travel the globe and may even be stationed aboard a ship. In-depth training, critical assignments and excellent benefits attract the best.

As a condition of employment, all Special Agents are required to sign a mobility agreement. This may result in one or more overseas moves and periodic assignments within the Continental United States (CONUS) and throughout an agent's career with NCIS. In addition, special agents may be required to deploy on assignments to support military forces in high-risk environments. Special Agent mobility is necessary to accomplish the agency's mission and helps support an individual's career development.


Qualifications to be an NCIS Special Agent are as follows:

-Must not have reached 37 years of age (exceptions are preference eligible veterans and those currently covered under the 6C Federal Law Enforcement retirement system). **

-Must have vision correctable to 20/20 with normal color vision.

-Must be a U.S. born or naturalized U.S. citizen.

-Must have a valid driver's license.

-Must pass a background check.

-Must pass a polygraph examination.

-Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance.

* An accredited baccalaureate degree is not a requirement, although it is a quality-ranking factor.


Required Training

Special Agents must complete the Criminal Investigators Training Program (CITP) and the NCIS-specific Special Agent Basic Training (SABTP) Program aboard the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia. Later opportunities may include specialized training in polygraph and credibility assessment techniques, procurement fraud, forensic science, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, leadership, and language. Training opportunities are also open to other professional staff including security specialists and analysts.

More Information 

  • When applying for a ​Special Agent position with NCIS, individuals are required to submit:
    1. Current resume
    2. Official or unofficial college transcript(s) listing degree conferred date and final GPA
    3. SF-50 (if applicable)
    4. DD-214, or a Statement of Service (if applicable)
      * Please submit all documents in PDF format and avoid using TIFF, JPEG, PNG or BMP
  • Prior to applying for one of our vacancy announcements, interested individuals should review the NCIS Drug Policy prior to applying.
  • Special Agent Hiring Process can take up to a year or more to complete.

** NCIS Special Agents have a mandatory retirement age of 57. In order to achieve the required 20 years of service for retirement, Special Agents must enter on duty no later than the day before their 37th birthday. Applicants are encouraged to apply for the Special Agent position prior to their 36th birthday to allow time to complete the Special Agent hiring process.

How to Apply: 
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