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Border Patrol Drops HS Graduate Requirement - Recruiting Problems

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In hopes of attracting more applicants to join the Border Patrol so that they can be prosecuted for doing their job, the US Border Patrol has dropped the requirement of having a High School or equivalent GED to join them. In addition they have cut their training from 88 days to 55. This will ensure that our US Border Patrol consists of the best, brightest and well trained.

As Debbie Schlussel says on this development.

Whenever an agency drops its requirements, that means it has 1) trouble attracting suitable job applicants, and/or 2) trouble retaining employees.

I couldn't agree more. You can also read a letter Debbie received from a Border Patrol Agent on this change at her article above.

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The Border Patrol has made three significant changes in order to meet the new requirements and put more boots on the ground. It no longer requires a high school diploma or GED (the equivalent of a high school diploma) for entrance. The only qualifications for the job are that one be under 40, a US citizen, be able to learn Spanish, possess a driver’s license, and pass through several background and medical checks. After application, candidates have to take tests in law, firearms, Spanish, physical training and driving, but the Border Patrol has lowered the score necessary to pass from 85% to 70%. It also has condensed the standard 88 days of basic training to 55 days.

Good to see that our borders are so important and once again that the government shows that it has no clue how to attract competent employees.

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Under 40, must speak Spanish.

Sounds like Carlos Mancia's solution, hire illegals to stop illegals (and you can trust them because they don't want to lose their jobs).

Posted by: ken pope on April 4, 2008 10:19 PM

Well you know what we do when there are "Jobs American's won't do." Perhaps we could drop the citizenship criteria. Since culture is not important, I'm sure that having illegal alien border guards would work!


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