Special Agent Careers
Special Agent Careers
- NCIS special agent is one of the most challenging and
fulfilling careers in law enforcement.
- NCIS special agents gain experience and responsibility in
a matter of months.
- World travel and life abroadin locations such as Italy,
Japan, England, Bahrain and aboard shipis part of the NCIS special agent
- NCIS is an ideal place to pursue work in law enforcement
specialties such as computer investigations... forensic science... threat
assessment analysis... economic crimes... and electronic countermeasures.
- NCIS provides extensive training for special agents: from
the 19-week NCIS Basic Agent Course held at the Federal Law Enforcement
Training Center (FLETC)... to in-service training on subjects ranging from
death investigations to crime scene processing, domestic security, unarmed
self-defense, and critical incident stress debriefing... to multi-month
programs on technical surveillance countermeasures, polygraph, procurement
fraud, protective service... and year-long graduate programs in forensic
science, foreign counterintelligence, and language studies.
- NCIS agents are armed federal law enforcement
- NCIS special agents receive good pay and benefits,
including eligibility for Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP). Current pay
scales may be found at:
- You must be 21 to 37 years old.
- You must have an accredited baccalaureate degree.
- You must have vision correctable to 20/20 with
normal color vision.
- You must be a U.S.-born or naturalized U.S. citizen.
- You must pass a background suitability screening.
Applicants are not required to enlist in the Navy or Marine
Corps... have preexisting military or law enforcement experience, such
experience is often desireable... or have any particular Knowledge, Skills and
Abilities (KSAs). In addition to the special agent position, NCIS offers a broad
range of Professional
and Support Careers.
The application process for an NCIS special agent is
initiated by submitting a form OF612 (which can be obtained from the
Personnel Management or a resume, along with an
NCIS Agent Application Form (Word file) and
Applicant Background Survey (Word file), directly to the agency.
Refer to the
NCIS Application Information Booklet (Word file) for information on
the Special Agent application and selection process. See this booklet for
answers to these questions:
· What does it take to qualify for the Special Agent position?
· How do I apply?
· What is the selection process?
· What tests do I have to take?
· What should I know about taking the tests?
Upon completion, please mail the forms to:
Naval Criminal Investigative Service Headquarters
716 Sicard Street SE
Washington Navy Yard DC 20388-5388
Once the application is reviewed, you will be notified of
any further processing. Please make sure that your application is completed
thoroughly and includes all work experience, internships, supervisory positions,
computer experience, training, special skills, foreign language proficiency, and
For frequently asked questions about becoming an NCIS
special agent, click here.
Note: the Online Application
system is for special agents only; those interested in Professional and Support
Careers may click here