Only the best of the best can land the job of Secret Service agent. The hiring process for the position would likely want to make most people throw in the towel by the end of the first two interviews. With a total of 34 pages to fill out, a drug test to perform, a series screening to go through, and a polygraph test that makes you admit just about everything you’ve ever done in your life. The process is a rigorous one.
Only a select few make it through the hiring and training process, and things aren’t easy for those moving forward in the process. Becoming a Secret Service involves huge amounts of training, little food, barely any sleep, and a lot of travel. On top of it all, agents need to be on their toes constantly. Not everyone is cut out for this type of work, so we must tip our hats to those who accepted the challenge and have successfully become Secret Service agents.
The video presents ten interesting facts about the Secret Service, focusing on their recruitment and training process. Near the beginning of the video, the narrator mentions that the Secret Service originally recruited primarily from “the nation’s military bases and law enforcement agencies.”
Over the years, the agency has adjusted their hiring practices to recruit from a more diverse selection of candidates to better tackle the growing number of different security challenges. The Secret Service, “has thus been recruiting from the ranks of artists, philosophers, and computer scientists.”
Recently, the Secret Service has “sought not only recruits who could handle the physical demands of the job, but those who could also figure out how, say, to protect the elevators, controlled and operated remotely, the President might rely on during a foreign visit.”
The video mentions that “the service is secret, but the recruitment is public” and that “it’s not as hard as you might think to speak in person with an actual Secret Service agent.” The agency is inclusive when it comes to attracting new recruits as they invite “prospective candidates to contact their local field office, or to attend conventions and job fairs where the service will be recruiting.”
Those are just a few of the many interesting facts about the Secret Service that are presented in the video.
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