In an effort to recruit a diverse workforce, last week, the FBI released several YouTube videos detailing the challenging training process special agents must undergo in its new “Becoming an Agent” series found on the www.fbi.gov website.
The program will focus on the academically, physically, and psychologically challenging exercises that academy trainees must endure over five grueling months as they learn the fundamentals of the special agent tradecraft.
“They’ll root out drug dealers and bank robbers in Hogan’s Alley, the FBI’s mock town and practical training facility. They’ll expose terrorist cells and learn how to conduct challenging interviews. They’ll study legal issues and investigative procedures, gather and analyze evidence, and fire thousands of rounds at the range,” states the website.
Intense training is necessary to prepare new agents to protect the nation from a variety of national security and criminal threats posed by terrorists, spies, hackers, gangs, and more. At the same time, they must also learn how to protect citizens’ civil rights and the Constitution of the United States.
Acceptance into the elite FBI Academy program means competing against tens of thousands of applicants in a process that includes several rounds of interviews and a thorough background check.
The online recruitment videos feature a class of new agents who come from all walks of life: former teachers, scientists, IT professionals, and entrepreneurs, in addition to those individuals who have military, law enforcement, or criminal justice backgrounds.
The YouTube link below shows the first episode of the series: “Becoming an Agent: The First Week” and “Becoming an Agent: The ONE program.”
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