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In addition to the basic requirements listed below, all DEA Special Agent candidates must successfully pass and complete a three-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.


  • Must be 21 years old, and no older than 36 years old at the time of appointment
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Have a valid U.S. driver's license
  • Willing to relocate anywhere in the U.S.
  • Able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance
  • Excellent physical condition
  • Willing and able to carry and handle firearms

Hearing and Vision: Applicants must possess sharp visual and hearing acuity. Vision must be 20/20 or better in one eye and 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 of 20/30 or better (can be with corrective lenses), and normal color vision. Hearing aids are disqualifying.


  • A bachelor's degree (GPA of 2.95 or higher), a master's or a J.D. or LL.B.;
  • ORexperience assisting in investigations of alleged or suspected violations of the law; participating in multi-agency/organization venues, briefings, meetings, conferences; researching, collecting and analyzing data from a variety of sources relating to investigations; writing reports and conducting briefings of findings, results, or accomplishments for information or action relating to law enforcement activities and/or court cases; assisting court officials and law enforcement personnel with case-related materials; and testifying or presenting evidence for court, legislative, or administrative proceedings;
  • OR three+ years of substantive work experience and special skills; e.g., pilot/maritime, accounting/auditing, military/technical, mechanical including information systems, telecommunications, engineering, and/or a foreign language fluency (fluency subject to verification); and a bachelor's degree or higher (no minimum GPA required) with coursework related to the aforementioned special skills;
  • AND, possess the following competencies:
    • Written and Oral Communication
    • Attention to Detail/Memory
    • Decision-making/judgment
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Integrity/Honesty
    • Flexibility
    • Problem-solving
    • Self-management
    • Teamwork

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