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To be considered for a DEA Special Agent position, you must meet qualifications described below as well as any additional eligibility requirements. In addition,you must pass all phases of the rigorous hiring process. This will include successfully completing a 3 part written assessment an oral interview, urinalysis drug screening, medical examination, physical task assessment, polygraph examination, psychological assessment, comprehensive background investigation and final hiring decision.

  • Are 21 years old, and no older than 36 years at the time of appointment
  • Are a U.S. citizen
  • Have a valid U.S. driver's license
  • Are willing to relocate anywhere in the U.S.
  • Are able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance
  • Are in excellent physical condition.
  • Possess sharp hearing acuity (hearing aids are disqualifying); Distance Vision: 20/20 or better in one eye, 20/40 or better in the weaker eye. If you need glasses or contact lenses to meet these standards, then you should also have distance vision of 20/200 or better in each eye without glasses or contact lenses; Near Vision: 20/30 or better (can be with corrective lenses); Normal color vision; and Are able to carry 45 pounds or more, capable of heavy lifting

AND

  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree (with a GPA of 2.95 or higher), a Masters, or a LL.B. or J.D. degree,

OR

  • Possess specialized experience conducting narcotics/drug related investigations of alleged or suspected violations of the law; conducting surveillance and undercover activities or operations, and apprehending, arresting persons suspected of violations; and organizing evidence for presentation to prosecution officials and testifying in court,

OR

  • Possess 3 years or more substantive work experience and Special Skills such as Pilot/Maritime, Accounting/Auditing, Military, Technical/Mechanical (includes Information Systems, Telecommunications, Engineering), or Foreign Language fluency in Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic, Hebrew, dialects of Nigerian languages, Chinese, Mandarin, Japanese, Farsi, Urdu, or Balkan languages (fluency subject to verification) and a Bachelor’s degree or higher (no minimum GPA is required) with coursework related to the aforementioned Special Skill(s),
Please refer to this document for a detailed description of the aforementioned qualifications.

AND

  • Possess the following competencies (evidence of these competencies must be demonstrated through experience):
    • Written and Oral Communication
    • Decision-making/Judgment
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Integrity/Honesty
    • Flexibility
    • Problem-solving
    • Self-management
    • Teamwork
    • Planning and Evaluating
    • Technology Application
    • Law Enforcement