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cpt biggs  
#1 Posted : Friday, March 04, 2011 8:11:15 AM(UTC)
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to anyone who is interested we are hiring. nationwide
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#2 Posted : Friday, March 04, 2011 8:33:50 AM(UTC)
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Where is the listing?
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#3 Posted : Friday, March 04, 2011 8:40:44 AM(UTC)
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Its on usajobs.gov
cpt biggs  
#4 Posted : Friday, March 04, 2011 8:43:46 AM(UTC)
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hiring all all field offices. but nyc and dc and baltimore field offices always hiring the bulk.
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#5 Posted : Friday, March 04, 2011 9:23:13 AM(UTC)
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Thank you.  Don't know how I overlooked it.

Too bad I am already 37.



fedorbust  
#6 Posted : Friday, March 04, 2011 9:42:59 AM(UTC)
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Are any age waivers granted for people with veterans preference or any other reason...?
cpt biggs  
#7 Posted : Friday, March 04, 2011 9:48:13 AM(UTC)
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are you a vet if so age has no limit
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#8 Posted : Friday, March 04, 2011 9:49:33 AM(UTC)
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mind if I Pm you...?
cpt biggs  
#9 Posted : Friday, March 04, 2011 11:06:37 AM(UTC)
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Schedule is cool. This gig is one of the best jobs I have ever had. Our agency is growing and expanding its powers every year. You will work a 5 day work week with two days off. days will vary. I'm not going to go into the details. I will say that if you like working without a manager on your back, this is the gig for you. I have seen my SFAM in 3 weeks. SFAM's main way contacting us is via email, because teams can be deployed on missions around the world. People will complain about the gig, but most likely complaining is built into their nature and they will all ways be unhappy. You will start off at G-Band (GS 9) after 12 months you will get H-Band, at 24 months you will get I- Band (GS 13). Plus the per diem for trips which is tax free. In NYC or DC I- Band makes around 93-100k. If you are former LE, you could start at mid to high G-Band 80K plus. Good luck and I hope I answer most of your questions. Don't ask about tactics, missions, seats, schedules, and flight locations. This is SCI and not to be talked about. Good luck ladies and gents.

 

 Oh ya, and Vets, if would behoove you to APPLY TO BOTH VACANCIES!!! As a Vet with pref you are able to compete with status candidates. By applying to announcements you increase your chances.

 

 

 

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#10 Posted : Friday, March 04, 2011 11:14:56 AM(UTC)
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Really great information - thanks a million!
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#11 Posted : Friday, March 04, 2011 3:44:18 PM(UTC)
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#12 Posted : Friday, March 04, 2011 4:22:14 PM(UTC)
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cpt biggs wrote:
Oh ya, and Vets, if would behoove you to APPLY TO BOTH VACANCIES!!! As a Vet with pref you are able to compete with status candidates. By applying to announcements you increase your chances.


Yes, but also remember that veterans will NOT receive any preference points on a status announcement. In addition, this particular announcement is G band without any promotion potential.

One more thing, biggs: On average, how much will a FAM fly over the course of a 40 hour work week, how much OT do they usually receive, and do they receive night differential?
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cpt biggs  
#13 Posted : Saturday, March 05, 2011 12:19:56 PM(UTC)
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You start at G-Band and progess to H, then I. Read the entire vacancy and you will see. You can have trips oversees that are longer than 8hrs. LEAP pay counts for most OT, but there is a formula for anything over 90 hours (get paid every two weeks). There is sunday pay and night dif. Adds up quick. This is a exempted service position. Meaning vet points put you on a list. Being exempted service The agency can choose at its own discretion not OPMs.
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#14 Posted : Saturday, March 05, 2011 12:20:39 PM(UTC)
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I band is our journeyman level.
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#15 Posted : Saturday, March 05, 2011 12:26:05 PM(UTC)
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Cpt Biggs, thanks for all the great info. I have a question, how is the FAMs line of work in reference to family life? I'm interested and I have a buddy that has been with FAMs for about a year now. He said he loves it. His wife is pregnant and Im just wondering how that will affect his time with his family. Just asking thanks!
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#16 Posted : Saturday, March 05, 2011 12:43:42 PM(UTC)
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family life is fine if you live near the field office and airport. some days can be long others short.  
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#17 Posted : Saturday, March 05, 2011 3:59:36 PM(UTC)
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cpt biggs wrote:
You start at G-Band and progess to H, then I. Read the entire vacancy and you will see. You can have trips oversees that are longer than 8hrs. LEAP pay counts for most OT, but there is a formula for anything over 90 hours (get paid every two weeks). There is sunday pay and night dif. Adds up quick. This is a exempted service position. Meaning vet points put you on a list. Being exempted service The agency can choose at its own discretion not OPMs.


From the status announcement:

Promotion Potential:
The highest pay band of a
non-supervisory Federal Air Marshal is SV- 1801-I.  However, applicants
will be hired only at the G Band level under this vacancy announcement.
Movement to a higher level will depend on the employee's ability to do more complex, higher level work; there is NO guarantee of promotion.






flyers29  
#18 Posted : Sunday, March 06, 2011 6:50:51 AM(UTC)
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How long does the process usually take on this? Looks like the standard 6-12 months based on the different steps you have to go through.
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#19 Posted : Sunday, March 06, 2011 7:19:01 AM(UTC)
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four to six months
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#20 Posted : Sunday, March 06, 2011 8:39:20 AM(UTC)
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Question:  Do FAM's get take home GOV Vehicles...?  Or are required to use their own to and from work?
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