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Special Agents


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.

For more information, check out our frequently asked questions. We do not accept phone calls. If you have any questions, contact

To Apply:

Email the Special Agent Recruitment Team at Be sure to include/attach all required documents. 

Required Documents

  • Federal Resume
    • Applicants should ensure their resume reflects a federal resume and meets the guidelines outlined in the Federal Resume Guide. Examples may be found here.
    • Resumes should be labeled with applicant's LAST NAME, and PDF format is preferred.
  • College Transcripts
  • SF-50 (if applicable)

Other Requirements- All applicants must be a United States citizen when you apply to work for NCIS. We do not assist individuals in applying for U.S. citizenship. Males over age 18 are required to register with the Selective Service for all NCIS positions.

Be sure to review your email and resume before sending. No changes can be made to submissions. Once an email with resume has been submitted, it cannot be edited. 

If there is interest in your application, NCIS HR specialists will initiate contact with you for additional documents and/or information. Please check your email spam filter settings or spam folder to ensure receipt of these emails. 

Please note that the application process may take up to anywhere between 6-9 months.