Mark asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 9 years ago

How can you join groups like the DEA's FAST or FBI's HRT? Do they recruit you or do you sign up?

Do they recruit like delta force (they choose you) or do you have to send in an application? What kind of credentials do you need for them? I've heard that only about half of FAST agents have any military experience before FAST. Are the pay/benefits better than military?


I wish they weren't so secretive about this kind of stuff.

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  • 9 years ago
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    All FBI Agents go to field offices after graduating the FBI academy.

    All major FBI field offices have a swat team, made up of FBI agents assigned to that Office.

    Those FBI agents apply for HRT

    The DEA operates the same way.

    Delta operates the same way, they don't recruit you, you have to apply to them.

    2. They are not secretive, everyone in the FBI or DEA knows how to apply for those positions.

    3. None of them are positions you can apply for off the street.

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  • Andy
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    9 years ago

    DEA's FAST and FBI's HRT first have to be with the agency before you can apply.

    Selection for DEA's FAST is extremely difficult; attrition rates are usually above 50%. Selection is rumored to last 8 weeks where events such as timed runs, timed ruck sack marches, land navigation and many other events are conducted daily. Once selection is complete, advanced training begins with emphasis in small unit tactics, and close quarters battle. Much like the start of Special Forces Q course.

    HRT operators are selected based upon their background and experience, as well as their demonstrated performance during the HRT selection course, which is held once a year. Many are already FBI SWAT. The rigorous two-week selection process includes long-distance runs, forced marches, obstacle courses, and other tests of physical and mental stamina. Throughout the entire selection process, candidates are evaluated on their ability to think under pressure and to perform while physically exhausted. After a four-month initial training period known as "New Operator Training School" (NOTS), they are headquartered at the FBI Academy.

    Pay is better than the military. FBI has more benefits than the military, less base housing and the PX/BX.

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  • 9 years ago

    you cannot just join HRT or FAST right off the bat, you first have to become an FBI special agent, or a DEA special agent.

    and to do that, you need a bachelors degree, or even a masters, and 3 years experience in military or law enforcement. and you have to be accepted after you apply.

    If you go get selected, then you have to gain some experience as a Special Agent before you can move up to HRT or FAST, or anything like that.

    its really not that secretive, its just not like trying out for the SEALs or anything, you just have to have all these perquisites first.

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  • 9 years ago

    The FBI isn't secretive about HRT at all. The application process is on their web site. In the spirit of investigation, which is what the I in FBI stands for, I shall leave you to discover this process on your own. You're also wrong about Delta. They advertise, you apply, and then they select you or decline you. Same as any other job, really. They don't sneak around the Army pulling unwitting candidates out of their beds like Skull & Bones.

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  • 4 years ago

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    You cannot just walk into these specialized units with a resume and start the next day. These units require a specific amount of meritorious service time with the agency in question on top of other factors that determine eligibility. I'm surprised you even think you will have the luxury of picking between these two units. To answer your other questions: -The social life of ANY law enforcement officer suffers due to the hours and other strenuous job requirements. Both agencies will be hard on a social life. -Most federal agencies mandate or otherwise encourage some sort of relocation (especially if you are low in seniority). Both will likely make you travel, even when you do not want to. The language thing will help you. Good luck.

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  • dana
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    3 years ago

    Dea Fast Team

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  • lewis
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Dea Fast

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