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dbroeck  
#761 Posted : Thursday, May 6, 2021 8:12:53 AM(UTC)
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For those with children, I would love to hear how you plan to prepare them for your time away at Quantico. This will be largely dependent on your kid’s age, but either way interested in your suggestions/experience.

I found some of this advice here helpful, specific to military deployment. For example, staying up-beat and telling your toddler that you’ll be gone for a little while and have to “sleep over” at work; showing them where Quantico is on a map and putting a pin or sticker there; emphasizing that you’re going to help protect people, like other children his/her age; and keeping a steady and predictable routine, like "every morning at breakfast you and I will have special time to talk on the phone before you go to school."

https://childmind.org/ar...dy-for-a-deployment/amp/


I have toddlers and I plan on making a fun little countdown for the end of every week with a little "surprise" they get to unwrap....(silly string, bubbles, little trucks, playdo, kinetic sand) little things like that. ALong with face timing and calling too of course. I love the map idea!


Mav- dude, this is a great idea. Thanks for sharing!


These are such great ideas. Thanks for posting them! The routine is probably the strongest thing to do - dealt with it quite a bit with mil TDYs, etc. I try to arrange for flowers or a gift to be sent every month as a semi-surprise (they know they'll get something but never when). Websites like https://bouqs.com/ for flowers (and a decent subscription price) and another site called https://lovebookonline.com/ where you can make little cartoon-y books featuring yourself and a loved one (BIG hit). For little kids, too, a touch lamp is a cool idea: https://www.uncommongood...istance-friendship-lamp. Hope this helps!




LOVE that lamp idea! My kiddos would really love that! Thanks!!



Lot of great ideas! my daughter turns one a couple days before the June academy so I was looking for a good way to stay connected! I was hoping to send back Quantico souvenirs and whatnot to my wife and daughter but saw in the packet yesterday that there is no outgoing package service at the moment. I guess gifts will just have to come off of Amazon and say "from Daddy" on them lol
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#762 Posted : Thursday, May 6, 2021 11:13:58 AM(UTC)
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I know this answer will heavily way on personal background, but on average how long from PSI to adjudication? Do they adjudicate before the Pre-Q pft?
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#763 Posted : Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:15:13 PM(UTC)
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Tamvid no idea on the first question, but you can take the pre-Q many times. I took my preQ pft in February for the April class (didn’t make it in) and it is good for the June class BUT since it’s not looking like I’ll be going in June I’ll have to take another one for the August class.

I’ve read on here ppl taking 3 or 4 Pre-Q pfts , but I think 1-2 is more average.

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#764 Posted : Friday, May 7, 2021 7:38:46 AM(UTC)
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Thank you @tamvid11 for providing a recommended packing list. I have not received this information officially yet.

What are your favorite hiking boots and wrestling shoes? There are so many to choose from! haha

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#765 Posted : Friday, May 7, 2021 7:43:20 AM(UTC)
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Tamvid no idea on the first question, but you can take the pre-Q many times. I took my preQ pft in February for the April class (didn’t make it in) and it is good for the June class BUT since it’s not looking like I’ll be going in June I’ll have to take another one for the August class.

I’ve read on here ppl taking 3 or 4 Pre-Q pfts , but I think 1-2 is more average.


When did you get adjudicated?
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#766 Posted : Friday, May 7, 2021 7:47:18 AM(UTC)
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Thank you @tamvid11 for providing a recommended packing list. I have not received this information officially yet.

What are your favorite hiking boots and wrestling shoes? There are so many to choose from! haha



You can find the very limited packing list on the FBI on-boarding paperwork site.
As for boots - 5/11 have some great options, but I think my favorite are Under Armour tactical boots. I've got a couple pairs and they are great. The actual packing list says brown hiking boots, so they really don't care the brand or style. Just something comfortable for you to do daily stuff in.
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Thank you @tamvid11 for providing a recommended packing list. I have not received this information officially yet.

What are your favorite hiking boots and wrestling shoes? There are so many to choose from! haha



You can find the very limited packing list on the FBI on-boarding paperwork site.
As for boots - 5/11 have some great options, but I think my favorite are Under Armour tactical boots. I've got a couple pairs and they are great. The actual packing list says brown hiking boots, so they really don't care the brand or style. Just something comfortable for you to do daily stuff in.
https://www.fbi.gov/file...-new-agent-trainees/view


I have a pair of these:
https://www.rei.com/rei-...rproof-hiking-boots-mens

Think those would work?

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#768 Posted : Friday, May 7, 2021 7:54:41 AM(UTC)
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I know this answer will heavily way on personal background, but on average how long from PSI to adjudication? Do they adjudicate before the Pre-Q pft?


I had my PSI in mid-November 2020 and was adjudicated mid-February 2021. My pre-Q PFT is next Friday and assuming all goes well, I should be at Q in August.
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#769 Posted : Friday, May 7, 2021 8:16:09 AM(UTC)
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Thank you @tamvid11 for providing a recommended packing list. I have not received this information officially yet.

What are your favorite hiking boots and wrestling shoes? There are so many to choose from! haha



You can find the very limited packing list on the FBI on-boarding paperwork site.
As for boots - 5/11 have some great options, but I think my favorite are Under Armour tactical boots. I've got a couple pairs and they are great. The actual packing list says brown hiking boots, so they really don't care the brand or style. Just something comfortable for you to do daily stuff in.
https://www.fbi.gov/file...-new-agent-trainees/view


I have a pair of these:
https://www.rei.com/rei-...rproof-hiking-boots-mens

Think those would work?


As long as they are comfortable to wear daily, those look great to me!
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#770 Posted : Friday, May 7, 2021 11:03:59 AM(UTC)
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Just want to say good luck to everybody in the class of 2021!

I will be signing on and applying in 2022 once I get my affairs in order. Really exciting times.

1. For those of you who are married and have children, what did you end up doing in terms of your children and spouse when you were away? Would you say it's difficult or manageable? Did it affect you in any way?

My wife is on board with it. Of course she worries for my safety but she knows that if I don't do it, I'll end up regretting it when I'm older.

2. For those of you in the field that are more experienced and graduated, did the job affect how your kids are/were raised?


Any help on this would be greatly appreciated!
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#771 Posted : Friday, May 7, 2021 11:58:10 AM(UTC)
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I know this answer will heavily way on personal background, but on average how long from PSI to adjudication? Do they adjudicate before the Pre-Q pft?


I had my PSI in mid-November 2020 and was adjudicated mid-February 2021. My pre-Q PFT is next Friday and assuming all goes well, I should be at Q in August.


3 months for your BI? Wow that was fast. Good for you. Hope mine can be that quick.
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#772 Posted : Friday, May 7, 2021 12:05:44 PM(UTC)
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I know this answer will heavily way on personal background, but on average how long from PSI to adjudication? Do they adjudicate before the Pre-Q pft?


I had my PSI in mid-November 2020 and was adjudicated mid-February 2021. My pre-Q PFT is next Friday and assuming all goes well, I should be at Q in August.


3 months for your BI? Wow that was fast. Good for you. Hope mine can be that quick.



I always like to throw the in the data point of, that there’s the other end of the spectrum like this as well for BI. I had my poly 30 July and was Adjudicated/cleared mid September. The norm appears to be a few months, but can also be lightning fast.
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#773 Posted : Friday, May 7, 2021 2:36:45 PM(UTC)
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Hey everyone.

As I prepare to apply, I've been doing a lot of research and trying to prepare as best as possible. With that being said, I've seen quite a few posts around her about Carole Martin, the FBI Phase 2 interview coach. Has anyone here used her or any of her materials to prepare for any part of the application / interview process? What are your thoughts / experiences / concerns?

Any input is appreciated. Ill be applying by the end of next week hopefully.

Thanks everyone
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#774 Posted : Friday, May 7, 2021 3:32:02 PM(UTC)
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Hey everyone.

As I prepare to apply, I've been doing a lot of research and trying to prepare as best as possible. With that being said, I've seen quite a few posts around her about Carole Martin, the FBI Phase 2 interview coach. Has anyone here used her or any of her materials to prepare for any part of the application / interview process? What are your thoughts / experiences / concerns?

Any input is appreciated. Ill be applying by the end of next week hopefully.

Thanks everyone



I used her to help prep for phase II. It was definitely helpful. It helped me craft a narrative, fine tune my stories, and feel more confident in them.

I passed on my first attempt.


However, is it necessary? Not at all! If you focus on the advice in this thread and others (focus on having 2-3 stories for each core competency, draw from all areas of life, use STAR format, etc) you should be fine.

Preparation is key.... but spending hundreds of bucks? only if you feel really unconfident and need practice.

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Hey everyone.

As I prepare to apply, I've been doing a lot of research and trying to prepare as best as possible. With that being said, I've seen quite a few posts around her about Carole Martin, the FBI Phase 2 interview coach. Has anyone here used her or any of her materials to prepare for any part of the application / interview process? What are your thoughts / experiences / concerns?

Any input is appreciated. Ill be applying by the end of next week hopefully.

Thanks everyone



I used her to help prep for phase II. It was definitely helpful. It helped me craft a narrative, fine tune my stories, and feel more confident in them.

I passed on my first attempt.

However, is it necessary? Not at all! If you focus on the advice in this thread and others (focus on having 2-3 stories for each core competency, draw from all areas of life, use STAR format, etc) you should be fine.

Preparation is key.... but spending hundreds of bucks? only if you feel really unconfident and need practice.



Thanks for the input. I feel pretty good about organizing my stories in the STAR format. But Im also not concerned with spending $600 for her full package. At the end of the day... what's $600 for my dream job? And if I didnt do it, and failed P2, I wouldn't be able to live with myself.

Does she do resume critiquing too? Or is she only focused on P2 prep?
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Hey everyone.

As I prepare to apply, I've been doing a lot of research and trying to prepare as best as possible. With that being said, I've seen quite a few posts around her about Carole Martin, the FBI Phase 2 interview coach. Has anyone here used her or any of her materials to prepare for any part of the application / interview process? What are your thoughts / experiences / concerns?

Any input is appreciated. Ill be applying by the end of next week hopefully.

Thanks everyone



As a current federal employee, I was used to the STAR method and these type of interview questions, but still failed my first phase II. I went back and forth on using her services the second go around, but finally bit the bullet the week before my interview. I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself if I’d failed the second time and not used some type of prep.


I passed my second time. What she helped me a lot with was to come up with 3 solid stories...5 at most, that you can morph into any/all the competencies. There’s no way my brain could remember 2-3 stories per competency and walk into an hour interview and be able to regurgitate that. I didn’t buy her full package...I can’t remember exactly but it was the middle option she offered.

Maybe they couldn’t read my hand writing on the written portion on my first try...I don’t know. Can I 100% place my passing on her services? That’s hard to say...but she did help immensely in tweaking my stories. Not to mention her brutal honesty will sure make you work harder developing good ones.
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Just want to say good luck to everybody in the class of 2021!

I will be signing on and applying in 2022 once I get my affairs in order. Really exciting times.

1. For those of you who are married and have children, what did you end up doing in terms of your children and spouse when you were away? Would you say it's difficult or manageable? Did it affect you in any way?

My wife is on board with it. Of course she worries for my safety but she knows that if I don't do it, I'll end up regretting it when I'm older.

2. For those of you in the field that are more experienced and graduated, did the job affect how your kids are/were raised?


Any help on this would be greatly appreciated!


I had a four year old and an infant when I reported. It was tough. My wife worked nights and was about 1500 miles away. It took a lot but my wife is strong and we made it. She came to VA on two occasions and I flew home twice.

I have been in for over ten years. The job hasn't changed how my kids were raised. It's a great job. Depending on your squad you may miss some events, weekends, or birthdays. But not many. Most supervisors know what it's like and make sure you have a healthy work life balance. Of course you will have a weapon in the house if you don't already. Good luck, it's a great job.

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Wanted to ask this again bc it got lost in all the WiFi talk:

Had my poly the other day and definitely left feeling pretty crappy. For those that took theirs already-

Did any of you leave being told it went well?

How many of you left feeling like you failed or even being told you failed? Feel free to PM too if you want. Thanks!
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Hey guys... I know I've been on here asking a lot of entry / basic questions. Heres another.

I just finished up college, last week. Successfully graduated. I have everything in order to submit my application, except my transcripts. I need to have official or unofficial to apply. But my official transcripts wont be ready until June 4th. And my unofficial one does not say I've successfully graduated and earned the degree (although it does have all of my credits on it).

Should I wait until I am able tp get my official transcripts with a reflection of my graduation? Or will my unofficial suffice, since it shows all my of my credits? I am also able to get a letter of completion from my advisor that says I have completed all required courses. I could attach that with my application?

I'd hate to add another month of waiting for my transcripts, since it's taking over 1.5 years to get through the process alaready. But I don't want to shoot myself in the foot right out of the gate by submitting transcripts that don't reflect my graduation.

Should I also reach out to an FBI recruiter and see if what I have is good?

Thanks guys and gals.
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Hey guys... I know I've been on here asking a lot of entry / basic questions. Heres another.

I just finished up college, last week. Successfully graduated. I have everything in order to submit my application, except my transcripts. I need to have official or unofficial to apply. But my official transcripts wont be ready until June 4th. And my unofficial one does not say I've successfully graduated and earned the degree (although it does have all of my credits on it).

Should I wait until I am able tp get my official transcripts with a reflection of my graduation? Or will my unofficial suffice, since it shows all my of my credits? I am also able to get a letter of completion from my advisor that says I have completed all required courses. I could attach that with my application?

I'd hate to add another month of waiting for my transcripts, since it's taking over 1.5 years to get through the process alaready. But I don't want to shoot myself in the foot right out of the gate by submitting transcripts that don't reflect my graduation.

Should I also reach out to an FBI recruiter and see if what I have is good?

Thanks guys and gals.


I think you answered your own question with the best possible answer. If I was in your shoes, I would not submit my application until I have spoken with a recruiter and outlined my resume/application. They will be able to give you, first and foremost, an idea about whether or not you are qualified/likely to be ranked competitive. They'll also be able to answer questions about your transcript situation.

I would seriously hound an FBI recruiter (or better yet, the Applicant Coordinator of your nearest field office) about whether or not you'd be ranked competitive and move through the process. I don't have enough info to assess your situation and every situation is different, but I am fairly confident few, if any, applicants fresh out of college make it far in the process.


Thanks for the response. I’m not just fresh out of college. Spent 6 years in the military. I’m confident with my prior work experience. I just don’t want to shoot myself in the foot by applying with unofficial transcripts that don’t fully reflect my graduation. I may just have to wait out the month until I get them.
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