What Does it Take to Become a U.S. Marshal?

As the oldest federal law enforcement agency, the United States Marshall Service has been keeping our country safe since 1789. They were in the Old West, keeping the peace among settlers.  They were there at the desegregation of the University of Mississippi forty-eight years ago, protecting the first African-American student going to classes. More recently, the U.S. Marshal Service has defended witnesses in the Witness Security Program for high security cases. Events like these make up the proud history of a Marshal, a history that you can become a part of too. For clarification, Federal Air Marshals are part of the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) agency.

Duties: In this action-packed career, there are many duties to be done, such as transporting prisoners, seizing contraband, and other special missions that may be assigned to you. With the U.S. Marshal Service responsible for apprehending more than half of the federal fugitives, you might also be out in the field, investigating and catching criminals. Along with these and many other roles, defending witness and judicial security are other major duties of a U.S. Marshal.

American FlagQualifications: You must be between the ages of 21 and 36 years old and a citizen of the United States with a valid driver’s license and good driving record. Additionally, you must be in excellent physical condition, pass a fitness exam, and meet medical qualifications; a bachelor’s degree, three years qualifying experience, or a combination of schooling and experience is among the other requirements in order to become a United States Marshal.

Training: Training is a 17 ½ week basic training program held at the U.S. Marshals Service Training Academy in Glynco, GA. Information that will be taught include firearms training, defense tactics, physical conditioning, prisoner search and restraint, officer survival, and driver training, among many other subjects. With the intensity of the physical training, students are expected to be in top physical condition before attending the academy.

Salary and Work Conditions: The entrance level is either GL-082-5 or GL-082-7, based on certain requirements, with the salary between $36,658-$41,260 or $41,729-$46,969, respectively. There are numerous opportunities for promotion to a higher level with higher pay often in as little as one year. The working conditions that you will be under will vary; perhaps one day you will be working with the latest technology, investigating federal criminals on the run, or you could be out on the road transporting prisoners. Whatever the task may be, you can be sure that it requires strength, a fierce determination, and pride in what you do.

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