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CatherineYetive
CatherineYetive
Qualifications to be a REAL NCIS agent
May 15 2009, 11:22 PM EDT | Post edited: May 15 2009, 11:22 PM EDT
I found this on the official NCIS website. I thought it was interesting. Would YOU qualify to apply to become a Special Agent?

Are You Qualified to be an NCIS Special Agent?

* You must not have reached 37 years of age.
* You must have an accredited baccalaureate degree.
* You must have vision correctable to 20/20 with normal color vision.
* You must be a U.S.-born or naturalized U.S. citizen.
* You must pass a background suitability screening.

Applicants are not required to enlist in the Navy or Marine Corps, have preexisting military or law enforcement experience (though such experience is often desirable), or have any particular knowledge, skills and abilities. In addition to the special agent position, NCIS offers a broad range of Professional and Support Careers.
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bellswebster
bellswebster
1. RE: Qualifications to be a REAL NCIS agent
May 16 2009, 1:25 AM EDT | Post edited: May 16 2009, 1:25 AM EDT
Well, that counts me out guys...lol...
What the heck is a baccalaureate degree?....anyone...
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le_bibliothecaire
le_bibliothecaire
2. RE: Qualifications to be a REAL NCIS agent
May 16 2009, 7:08 PM EDT | Post edited: May 16 2009, 7:10 PM EDT
"Well, that counts me out guys...lol...
What the heck is a baccalaureate degree?....anyone..."
Yeah, so close for me. Though I doubt at this point that I'd pass the fitness evals ;) A baccalaureate degree is also known as a Bachelor's degree, It usually refers to an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for two, three, four, five or six years For ex. my degree in English is a Bachelor of Arts degree, while my sister's degree in physical therapy is a Bachelor of Science.
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bellswebster
bellswebster
3. RE: Qualifications to be a REAL NCIS agent
May 16 2009, 8:21 PM EDT | Post edited: May 16 2009, 8:21 PM EDT
"Yeah, so close for me. Though I doubt at this point that I'd pass the fitness evals ;) A baccalaureate degree is also known as a Bachelor's degree, It usually refers to an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for two, three, four, five or six years For ex. my degree in English is a Bachelor of Arts degree, while my sister's degree in physical therapy is a Bachelor of Science. "
What has having a degree in anything got to do with being eligible to be an agent...
Surely, it doesnt matter whether you can sprout McBeth or not....lol.....what are ya going to do...stand with one hand over your chest, the other on the suspects head and say...to be or not to be questioned...do you have the answers...lol...or can you spellsupercalifragiististictexpielidoucious...I can...lol (unsure of spelling)
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le_bibliothecaire
le_bibliothecaire
4. RE: Qualifications to be a REAL NCIS agent
May 16 2009, 10:06 PM EDT | Post edited: May 16 2009, 10:17 PM EDT
"What has having a degree in anything got to do with being eligible to be an agent...
Surely, it doesnt matter whether you can sprout McBeth or not....lol.....what are ya going to do...stand with one hand over your chest, the other on the suspects head and say...to be or not to be questioned...do you have the answers...lol...or can you spellsupercalifragiististictexpielidoucious...I can...lol (unsure of spelling)"
Most agencies require some higher education. It *can* be useful to have an education.
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bellswebster
bellswebster
5. RE: Qualifications to be a REAL NCIS agent
May 16 2009, 11:33 PM EDT | Post edited: May 16 2009, 11:34 PM EDT
Personally, if a person is trained right and they are intelligent and have the ability to think for themslves logically, you don't need a degree except in maybe pycology where you may need to beable predict another persons mind thoughts if they have a mental illness. Being fit also, trained in some sort of judo or the like would be more beneficial......and yes, having an education is very useful to everyone of course...I was just refering to this particular requirement for this particular job. 3  out of 6 found this valuable. Do you?    
North_of_Border
North_of_Border
6. RE: Qualifications to be a REAL NCIS agent
May 17 2009, 7:07 AM EDT | Post edited: May 17 2009, 7:14 AM EDT
I'm too old (38) and I lack the U.S. citizen part. I had everything else. Why 37 I wonder? A physically fit 38 year-old can kick b*tt too. Look at DiNozzo, he's 40! 2  out of 4 found this valuable. Do you?    

duchessa
8. RE: Qualifications to be a REAL NCIS agent
May 17 2009, 2:27 PM EDT | Post edited: May 17 2009, 2:27 PM EDT
I was told that FBI agents have to have qualifications in law or economics, because the vast majority of their work involves inter-state financial transactions. I was told it by an FBI agent at the Hoover Building in Washington, so I tend to believe it. 3  out of 3 found this valuable. Do you?    
le_bibliothecaire
le_bibliothecaire
9. RE: Qualifications to be a REAL NCIS agents
May 17 2009, 3:50 PM EDT | Post edited: May 17 2009, 3:50 PM EDT
"I was told that FBI agents have to have qualifications in law or economics, because the vast majority of their work involves inter-state financial transactions. I was told it by an FBI agent at the Hoover Building in Washington, so I tend to believe it.. "
You are correct. I was told that the FBI can always use people who have degrees in econ. or accounting and who speak a second or multiple languages. And I actually know 2 people who work for the FBI and one is an accountant. The one who is an accountant was a schoolmate and friend of one of my brothers (who was also working towards his degree in accounting) and he tried to get my brother to apply to the FBI with him.

There is so much more involved in law inforcement than just the "enforcement" part that federal agencies tend to need persons from many, many different fields and educational backgrounds.
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le_bibliothecaire
le_bibliothecaire
10. RE: Qualifications to be a REAL NCIS agent
May 17 2009, 4:02 PM EDT | Post edited: May 17 2009, 4:57 PM EDT
"What has having a degree in anything got to do with being eligible to be an agent...
Surely, it doesnt matter whether you can sprout McBeth or not....lol.....what are ya going to do...stand with one hand over your chest, the other on the suspects head and say...to be or not to be questioned...do you have the answers...lol...or can you spellsupercalifragiististictexpielidoucious...I can...lol (unsure of spelling)"
Do you need to be able to quote Shakespeare? Probably not, but it certainly is important to have a command of language and to be able to express yourself and communicate clearly, both verbally and in written reports. And while one does not have to possess a piece of paper that says they have a higher education, many employers pay attention to that sort of thing. I'm guessing that it's likely the first step in narrowing down applicants.

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bellswebster
bellswebster
11. RE: Qualifications to be a REAL NCIS agent
May 17 2009, 7:06 PM EDT | Post edited: May 17 2009, 7:06 PM EDT
"Do you need to be able to quote Shakespeare? Probably not, but it certainly is important to have a command of language and to be able to express yourself and communicate clearly, both verbally and in written reports. And while one does not have to possess a piece of paper that says they have a higher education, many employers pay attention to that sort of thing. I'm guessing that it's likely the first step in narrowing down applicants.

"
Point taken.
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yetimanjz
yetimanjz
12. RE: Qualifications to be a REAL NCIS agent
May 18 2009, 3:28 PM EDT | Post edited: May 18 2009, 3:28 PM EDT
A Bachlor degree. 4  out of 4 found this valuable. Do you?    
Ydnam96
Ydnam96
13. RE: Qualifications to be a REAL NCIS agent
May 18 2009, 7:38 PM EDT | Post edited: May 18 2009, 7:38 PM EDT
I actually wanted to apply for the FBI or NCIS but I don't actually qualify for Special Agent status. If you don't have specialized skills: computers, forensics, languages, then you need law enforcement background. AND you have to be able to pass the physical- which at this point in my life I could not. (I was in NJROTC - Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps- in High School and I could pass PT (physical training) then but I don't think I could pass any of it now.

I was super bummed. I have a profile and application on USAJOBS.GOV just in case something comes up that I am qualified for. I would even go for Intelligence Analyst but, alas, I don't qualify for that either. You have to have previous experience. Where in the world do you get Intelligence gathering experience BEFORE you come to the FBI???
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bellswebster
bellswebster
14. RE: Qualifications to be a REAL NCIS agent
May 18 2009, 8:04 PM EDT | Post edited: May 18 2009, 8:04 PM EDT
"I actually wanted to apply for the FBI or NCIS but I don't actually qualify for Special Agent status. If you don't have specialized skills: computers, forensics, languages, then you need law enforcement background. AND you have to be able to pass the physical- which at this point in my life I could not. (I was in NJROTC - Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps- in High School and I could pass PT (physical training) then but I don't think I could pass any of it now.

I was super bummed. I have a profile and application on USAJOBS.GOV just in case something comes up that I am qualified for. I would even go for Intelligence Analyst but, alas, I don't qualify for that either. You have to have previous experience. Where in the world do you get Intelligence gathering experience BEFORE you come to the FBI??? "
Make a dozen episodes with ncis....lol...
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Ydnam96
Ydnam96
15. RE: Qualifications to be a REAL NCIS agent
May 18 2009, 8:16 PM EDT | Post edited: May 18 2009, 8:16 PM EDT
If only I could!!!! 1  out of 1 found this valuable. Do you?    

rorambo7
16. RE: Qualifications to be a REAL NCIS agent
Sep 24 2009, 1:23 PM EDT | Post edited: Sep 24 2009, 1:23 PM EDT
The baccalaureate degree usually takes 4 years, unless an individual has exceptional intelligence. A two year degree is called an Associate of Arts degree. The four yr. degree is usually done by taking courses online or in person at a university or college geared for that purpose. The two yr. Associates degree is usually completed at a community college. I wonder if you agree with me that the 37 yr. age limit is discriminatory according to the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) where age discrimination is outlawed? Why should the federal government be exempt when the private sector is not? If a person qualifies on all counts except age, he or she should still be hired. 2  out of 2 found this valuable. Do you?    

♥XoXoSaGe♥
17. RE: Qualifications to be a REAL NCIS agent
Mar 20 2010, 4:08 PM EDT | Post edited: Mar 20 2010, 4:08 PM EDT
Yes!~ That means i could be.... well after I get my bachlor's degree.... but when that happens, I can! Do you find this valuable?    
le_bibliothecaire
le_bibliothecaire
18. RE: Qualifications to be a REAL NCIS agent
Mar 21 2010, 11:30 AM EDT | Post edited: Mar 21 2010, 11:30 AM EDT
"The baccalaureate degree usually takes 4 years, unless an individual has exceptional intelligence. A two year degree is called an Associate of Arts degree. The four yr. degree is usually done by taking courses online or in person at a university or college geared for that purpose. The two yr. Associates degree is usually completed at a community college. I wonder if you agree with me that the 37 yr. age limit is discriminatory according to the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) where age discrimination is outlawed? Why should the federal government be exempt when the private sector is not? If a person qualifies on all counts except age, he or she should still be hired. "
Well, the *entry" cut-off age is 37, not that they force you into retirement at age 37. I'm guessing the purpose of this is to get entry-level applicants who are farther away from retirement age. But I guess the cut-off age has to be somewhere. It is unlikely that I would pass the physical requirements anyway, so it's a moot point for me.<grin>
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Willow22
19. RE: Qualifications to be a REAL NCIS agent
Mar 22 2010, 11:14 AM EDT | Post edited: Mar 22 2010, 11:14 AM EDT
The reason for the age limit is because they need 20 years to receive full retirement benefits, and 57 is the chosen "retirement age". Although I think they're allowed to stay in until they're 65 if they want to. But for some reason 57 was chosen as the age you legally have to offer retirement in a law enforcement job.

I don't think requiring a college degree is unreasonable. Many jobs require that much. Although I wonder if they make exceptions for ex-military.....most in the military joined quite young and didn't get a college degree. Maybe they allow for "college degree or equivilent military service".
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A.F
A.F
20. RE: Qualifications to be a REAL NCIS agent
Jan 19 2011, 11:50 AM EST | Post edited: Jan 19 2011, 11:50 AM EST
Well i am under age but i am going to be in NCIS when i am of age! But you really have to be 37?! Why 37 why not 30? or just 35? What is so special about 37? 1  out of 2 found this valuable. Do you?    
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