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#3921 Posted : Monday, May 17, 2021 3:34:13 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: DragonDuke Go to Quoted Post
Just to recap: Did anyone who got the call get their first choice? Did you only choose "Orange" locations?

Also, when do you have to report to Quantico? Is it a few days before the start of the class?

A Big Congratulations to all those who have received offers! I know so many of us have been going through this process so long and it's good to see it paying off.


You’ll get a cable dealing with the when, where, and how of the academy. This may come a few weeks or a few days before the start of the academy. It will give you the information regarding travel to the DC area and then how to get to the academy. The cable will also give you a basic idea what to bring and what not to bring.

Someone from Diversion training will call you when the class date gets closer. I’m not sure what they ask now, when I got mine they asked me if I booked my flight and what size I would need for the academy uniform. It’s also a time to ask them questions if you have any before going to the academy.

I do recommend getting in contact with someone who has been to the academy because they can recommend other things to bring that may not be covered in the cable.

Typically there will be a travel day, which is essentially the report date (ie: the first Monday of the pay period). This will allow most students to get to the academy in time for the start of class.

Let me know if you have any other questions.
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To follow-up on AZShadowStorm's post:

Pay close attention to the items they tell you NOT to bring. If its prohibited DON'T BRING IT!!! You may outsmart them. But then again, you may not. Don't start off your career on a bad note. A big no-no - weapons! Don't bring any weapons (especially firearms). Don't bring or have it in your car even if authorized to drive. You will be on a military installation and must follow the USMC's rules as well as DOJ, FBI and DEA rules. Being a DEA employee does not exempt you from the USMC regulations. You can bring a small pocket knife.

I highly recommend you talk with the Counselor who calls you and get all your questions clarified before you arrive.

In addition to the items spelled out in your reporting instructions, I recommend you bring (but don't overpack - you have limited storage space):
Hangers
A small power strip
A small extension cord
An alarm clock (only one per room)
If you like a certain type of pillow, bring it. Bed linen, pillows and towels are provided.


Also, follow the reporting instructions closely on what you should and need to bring. Some items include:
Bank account numbers - for direct deposit
SSA card
Birth Certificate
Extra pair of eyeglasses or plenty of contact lenses
Prescription medication. **Not in the instructions: If you need meds refrigerated let your counselor know in advance so arrangements can be made for a small fridge to be put in your room.
Make sure your drivers license doesn't expire while in training

If I think of anything else I post later. If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask - on the open forum or in private. I'll do my best to answer. The best source of information are recent graduates. I ask that they post their experience and recommendations.

Thanks and good luck to all.



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#3923 Posted : Monday, May 17, 2021 1:27:47 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: stimpy729 Go to Quoted Post
You will likely be covid tested prior to going to the Academy and once you get there. There might be an initial 2 week quarantine but then you will probably get assigned a roommate. Don’t be surprised if there are daily temp checks. Don’t bring a lot of extra stuff as you won’t need it. Excess baggage fees are expensive. There is a small store at the Academy where you can buy random things. I don’t know what the washing machine situation is like at Quantico but bring quarters in case it’s coin operated only. You will need a week’s worth of business casual, a couple of suits, and a few dress shirts. As for brown shoes, any brown shoe works, so don’t stress over what kind to purchase. The current instructors there are great. Be mindful of the chain of command and do not break it. You will get last minute instructions for everything. Don’t expect to book any kind of travel more than 2 weeks out and a separate travel cable will be sent with instructions on how to arrive and when. My biggest advice—don’t accept the job if you aren’t happy with the location they offer you. The mobility agreement is real and they enforce it. If you are able to negotiate location/pay, do it in advance of accepting the job offer. Congrats to all those in BDI 56 =)


Originally Posted by: AZShadowStorm Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: DragonDuke Go to Quoted Post
Just to recap: Did anyone who got the call get their first choice? Did you only choose "Orange" locations?

Also, when do you have to report to Quantico? Is it a few days before the start of the class?

A Big Congratulations to all those who have received offers! I know so many of us have been going through this process so long and it's good to see it paying off.


You’ll get a cable dealing with the when, where, and how of the academy. This may come a few weeks or a few days before the start of the academy. It will give you the information regarding travel to the DC area and then how to get to the academy. The cable will also give you a basic idea what to bring and what not to bring.

Someone from Diversion training will call you when the class date gets closer. I’m not sure what they ask now, when I got mine they asked me if I booked my flight and what size I would need for the academy uniform. It’s also a time to ask them questions if you have any before going to the academy.

I do recommend getting in contact with someone who has been to the academy because they can recommend other things to bring that may not be covered in the cable.

Typically there will be a travel day, which is essentially the report date (ie: the first Monday of the pay period). This will allow most students to get to the academy in time for the start of class.

Let me know if you have any other questions.



What is this cable you and Stimpy729 speak of? You mean an email?

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#3924 Posted : Monday, May 17, 2021 1:54:23 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: SATXNez Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: stimpy729 Go to Quoted Post
You will likely be covid tested prior to going to the Academy and once you get there. There might be an initial 2 week quarantine but then you will probably get assigned a roommate. Don’t be surprised if there are daily temp checks. Don’t bring a lot of extra stuff as you won’t need it. Excess baggage fees are expensive. There is a small store at the Academy where you can buy random things. I don’t know what the washing machine situation is like at Quantico but bring quarters in case it’s coin operated only. You will need a week’s worth of business casual, a couple of suits, and a few dress shirts. As for brown shoes, any brown shoe works, so don’t stress over what kind to purchase. The current instructors there are great. Be mindful of the chain of command and do not break it. You will get last minute instructions for everything. Don’t expect to book any kind of travel more than 2 weeks out and a separate travel cable will be sent with instructions on how to arrive and when. My biggest advice—don’t accept the job if you aren’t happy with the location they offer you. The mobility agreement is real and they enforce it. If you are able to negotiate location/pay, do it in advance of accepting the job offer. Congrats to all those in BDI 56 =)


Originally Posted by: AZShadowStorm Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: DragonDuke Go to Quoted Post
Just to recap: Did anyone who got the call get their first choice? Did you only choose "Orange" locations?

Also, when do you have to report to Quantico? Is it a few days before the start of the class?

A Big Congratulations to all those who have received offers! I know so many of us have been going through this process so long and it's good to see it paying off.


You’ll get a cable dealing with the when, where, and how of the academy. This may come a few weeks or a few days before the start of the academy. It will give you the information regarding travel to the DC area and then how to get to the academy. The cable will also give you a basic idea what to bring and what not to bring.

Someone from Diversion training will call you when the class date gets closer. I’m not sure what they ask now, when I got mine they asked me if I booked my flight and what size I would need for the academy uniform. It’s also a time to ask them questions if you have any before going to the academy.

I do recommend getting in contact with someone who has been to the academy because they can recommend other things to bring that may not be covered in the cable.

Typically there will be a travel day, which is essentially the report date (ie: the first Monday of the pay period). This will allow most students to get to the academy in time for the start of class.

Let me know if you have any other questions.



What is this cable you and Stimpy729 speak of? You mean an email?




Yes...

"The distinction is a little blurry, but emails are private communications between addressees, whereas cables are important messages accessible to many people with appropriate security clearance. They also get saved onto a database, with varying degrees of secrecy."

Edited by user Monday, May 17, 2021 1:55:23 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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#3925 Posted : Monday, May 17, 2021 3:17:25 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Vjurado Go to Quoted Post
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Originally Posted by: stimpy729 Go to Quoted Post
You will likely be covid tested prior to going to the Academy and once you get there. There might be an initial 2 week quarantine but then you will probably get assigned a roommate. Don’t be surprised if there are daily temp checks. Don’t bring a lot of extra stuff as you won’t need it. Excess baggage fees are expensive. There is a small store at the Academy where you can buy random things. I don’t know what the washing machine situation is like at Quantico but bring quarters in case it’s coin operated only. You will need a week’s worth of business casual, a couple of suits, and a few dress shirts. As for brown shoes, any brown shoe works, so don’t stress over what kind to purchase. The current instructors there are great. Be mindful of the chain of command and do not break it. You will get last minute instructions for everything. Don’t expect to book any kind of travel more than 2 weeks out and a separate travel cable will be sent with instructions on how to arrive and when. My biggest advice—don’t accept the job if you aren’t happy with the location they offer you. The mobility agreement is real and they enforce it. If you are able to negotiate location/pay, do it in advance of accepting the job offer. Congrats to all those in BDI 56 =)


Originally Posted by: AZShadowStorm Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: DragonDuke Go to Quoted Post
Just to recap: Did anyone who got the call get their first choice? Did you only choose "Orange" locations?

Also, when do you have to report to Quantico? Is it a few days before the start of the class?

A Big Congratulations to all those who have received offers! I know so many of us have been going through this process so long and it's good to see it paying off.


You’ll get a cable dealing with the when, where, and how of the academy. This may come a few weeks or a few days before the start of the academy. It will give you the information regarding travel to the DC area and then how to get to the academy. The cable will also give you a basic idea what to bring and what not to bring.

Someone from Diversion training will call you when the class date gets closer. I’m not sure what they ask now, when I got mine they asked me if I booked my flight and what size I would need for the academy uniform. It’s also a time to ask them questions if you have any before going to the academy.

I do recommend getting in contact with someone who has been to the academy because they can recommend other things to bring that may not be covered in the cable.

Typically there will be a travel day, which is essentially the report date (ie: the first Monday of the pay period). This will allow most students to get to the academy in time for the start of class.

Let me know if you have any other questions.



What is this cable you and Stimpy729 speak of? You mean an email?




Yes...

"The distinction is a little blurry, but emails are private communications between addressees, whereas cables are important messages accessible to many people with appropriate security clearance. They also get saved onto a database, with varying degrees of secrecy."


The cable is sent to all the students of the class. It’ll tell you when and where class is, a basic explanation of what to bring/not to bring, and how to arrange travel to the academy.
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#3926 Posted : Tuesday, May 18, 2021 2:45:08 AM(UTC)
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Long time reader, first time responding.

I applied in August 2018 and received a call Friday morning. I also chose 4 orange cities, first choice being my overall top choice and an orange one. They called and offered my first choice. I had some stipulations to accepting the position in regards to step level, not GS level which the woman I spoke to said they should be able to work with my step level. I accepted the position and will follow up to ensure the GS/Step is finalized.


Do you mind sharing if you are a current Fed employee?
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#3927 Posted : Tuesday, May 18, 2021 11:52:38 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Aguir116 Go to Quoted Post
Long time reader, first time responding.

I applied in August 2018 and received a call Friday morning. I also chose 4 orange cities, first choice being my overall top choice and an orange one. They called and offered my first choice. I had some stipulations to accepting the position in regards to step level, not GS level which the woman I spoke to said they should be able to work with my step level. I accepted the position and will follow up to ensure the GS/Step is finalized.


Do you mind sharing if you are a current Fed employee?


I am currently a federal employee with DOJ.
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#3928 Posted : Tuesday, May 18, 2021 1:21:54 PM(UTC)
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Receieved email from HR: my case is "pending panel review".
I realize this could take anywhere from a week to "several months", but my investigator said my case was closing when I spoke with her on April 1. Does anyone think I could hear something soon? With all the movement lately, I sure hope so!
Thanks!

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Navychick your inbox is full!




Cleared some space.
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Aug. 2018 applicant - got the call yesterday evening!!
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#3934 Posted : Wednesday, May 19, 2021 7:22:10 AM(UTC)
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Aug. 2018 applicant - got the call yesterday evening!!


Congrats!
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#3935 Posted : Wednesday, May 19, 2021 7:39:41 AM(UTC)
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Aug. 2018 applicant - got the call yesterday evening!!


Congratulations
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#3936 Posted : Wednesday, May 19, 2021 9:18:58 AM(UTC)
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Aug. 2018 applicant - got the call yesterday evening!!


Awesome! Congratulations!
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Aug. 2018 applicant - got the call yesterday evening!!


Congrats!!!
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#3938 Posted : Thursday, May 20, 2021 10:13:47 AM(UTC)
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Aug. 2018 applicant - got the call yesterday evening!!



Congratulations!!!
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Congratulations to all that are moving along!

2019 applicant here just finished medical and waiting patiently for the next step
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#3940 Posted : Friday, May 21, 2021 4:02:19 PM(UTC)
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I'm 2020 applicant and just finished medical also. Make sure to email your test results to the assigned HR personnel as they don't work in the office yet. Depending on the region I assume though. Might help to boost the process.
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