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Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Border Patrol has a Human Capital Problem.

As of October 16, 2016 the U.S. Border Patrol reported that it has 19,828 Agents reporting for duty with 21,370 being the Congressional mandate number for Border Patrol Agent staffing nationwide. It is also safe to say that numerous additional Border Patrol Agents have left CBP in the 6 months since those numbers were released. (Oct 16, 2016) The United States Border Patrol must not only backfill those approximately 1600-2000 open positions but seek to recruit and train approximately 5,000 additional Agents under the Trump administration. That is 6000-7000 additional Agents! This will not be an easy task. The average time is takes to hire, train, and field a new Agent is no quicker than 9 months with most applicants taking at least 18 months. There have been special hiring categories used in the past for females only recruits and military veterans with existing clearance but it still takes time to find and vet those people.

Nobody is talking to staff at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) on how they are going to accommodate those additional students. The Academy curriculum has changed to include additional Use-of-Force training and Spanish Immersion throughout the entire 6 Months of training. There is no longer a fast track to field deployment of new recruits like the 2007-2010 hiring push. Applicants are failing the now mandated polygraph test in record numbers. The Border Patrol overtime compensation policy was recently changed. Internal transfers to more sought after duty stations have been hard to get. These and many more issues plague the Agency and have allowed the Border Patrol to fall into a human capital problem. 

Defense One Report: Trump Wants DHS to Hire 15,000 for Border Security? Not So Fast

NPR Report: Trump's Plan To Hire 15,000 Border Patrol And ICE Agents Won't Be Easy

Source: CBP

Written by Ryan Kenney