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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is an agency of the United States Department of Justice that serves as both a federal criminal investigative body and an internal intelligence agency. The FBI has investigative jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crime.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, the FBI has over 55 field offices located throughout the USA as well as smaller units throughout the world.

Perhaps you are working for the FBI or interested in working for the FBI. Here is a forum to share your experience with the FBI.

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pointakenc  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, March 28, 2018 8:42:02 AM(UTC)
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Hey guys I just wanted to know what you guys though about my situation. I'm 17 and last year I was put in the hospital for depression cause my dad was worried about me. ive wanted to be a special agent for so long now and I'm planning on a major in criminal justice and a minor in Japanese and then law enforcement for 3 years (also if you guys could give suggestions on how I can be more competitive that would be great). I just don't want my future to be so changed based on a mistake I made in the past..
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#2 Posted : Wednesday, March 28, 2018 10:16:52 AM(UTC)
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From what I have heard the FBI sees a lot of criminal justice majors applying to them it may not hurt to major in one of the STEM fields. I believe I heard that they are craving STEM majors right now so that could better your chances. A foreign language is always a plus so the minor should also help you.
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#3 Posted : Wednesday, March 28, 2018 12:19:43 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: pointakenc Go to Quoted Post
Hey guys I just wanted to know what you guys though about my situation. I'm 17 and last year I was put in the hospital for depression cause my dad was worried about me. ive wanted to be a special agent for so long now and I'm planning on a major in criminal justice and a minor in Japanese and then law enforcement for 3 years (also if you guys could give suggestions on how I can be more competitive that would be great). I just don't want my future to be so changed based on a mistake I made in the past..
THANKS


At this point, it is hard to give any suggestions on being more competitive. You are still so young and the needs of the FBI change year after year. My best advice would be to pursue something you enjoy. Almost anything can transfer to the FBI these days, but you want to ensure you will enjoy what you do until the FBI is a possibility, or just in case it doesn't pan out.

I wouldn't worry too much about your hospital stint. Again, you are only 17. You have 6 years until you are even eligible and still have to complete a 4-year degree and 3 years of work experience on top of it. Not to sound discouraging, but you have time. Focus on becoming the best you can be. Work hard, get good grades, get a good exercise routine and healthy diet. Become unwaveringly disciplined. It sounds cliche, but it will serve you well in the long-term, within the FBI or on another path.

Good luck to you!

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#4 Posted : Thursday, March 29, 2018 7:21:43 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: pointakenc Go to Quoted Post
Hey guys I just wanted to know what you guys though about my situation. I'm 17 and last year I was put in the hospital for depression cause my dad was worried about me. ive wanted to be a special agent for so long now and I'm planning on a major in criminal justice and a minor in Japanese and then law enforcement for 3 years (also if you guys could give suggestions on how I can be more competitive that would be great). I just don't want my future to be so changed based on a mistake I made in the past..
THANKS


Best advice I ever received is study what you truly want to study not what you think will be attractive to the FBI. If criminal justice is actually what you are passionate about then by all means pursue it.
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I wouldn’t worry about it, you’re 17. You have a long ways to go and a lot will change by the time you actually apply. There is nothing wrong with majoring in criminal justice and going law enforcement to build up some experience. However, just make sure this is what you want (you’ll probably change your mind, most young people in college do).

The FBI pulls from all backgrounds. You don’t have to be law enforcement or military. Find a degree you’re passionate in and focus on that. Also on the way start building up job experience. You might even realize you don’t even want to be a SA. The FBI has plenty of other positions such as IA that you might enjoy more.

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#6 Posted : Sunday, April 08, 2018 8:49:11 PM(UTC)
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BUMPING: looking for anyone with knowledge on the depression aspect
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#7 Posted : Monday, April 09, 2018 6:10:19 AM(UTC)
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BUMPING: looking for anyone with knowledge on the depression aspect


So a few things...

You will probably have to do a psych eval during the medical portion which is not a disqualifier and applies to a number of candidates due to this. They are mostly looking to see if this could change the way you make decisions or hinder your ability to do your job. However, they are also looking to ensure you have the maturity to seek treatment when required and stay mentally healthy if it is something ongoing. Many kids in high school go through depression.

Second, for your security clearance it is not a disqualifier either. They look to see if it would change your trustworthiness or would cause you to make poor decisions as well. Again, they are looking for your current condition at the time of application and your management of it.

I would not worry about the one incident and make sure to stay mentally healthy and seek help when needed if you have any issues in the future. I would be more concerned about them discovering an issue that you don't seek treatment for, than admitting to an issue that you successfully manage with treatment--if there is something recurring that you aren't mentioning or it comes back sometime later in college, another place where depression is not uncommmon.

Last note, depression is not a mistake you made nor is it something to be ashamed of. It is a health issue just like breaking your arm. If you broke your arm in high school and had it fixed, it won't change anything for you now. Depression will be treated very similarly.
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#8 Posted : Sunday, September 09, 2018 7:05:27 PM(UTC)
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#9 Posted : Tuesday, September 11, 2018 9:00:16 AM(UTC)
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There is no straight "yes/no this is a disqualifying situation" with what happened to you and your chances at the job. As SA_Applicant_Stats stated, you will likely have to do a psychological evaluation. HQ will have you speak to some sort of certified mental health professional and get an evaluation on whether they think you're able to do the job, simple as that. The information everyone has provided is about all you're going to get at this point unfortunately unless you have more specific questions.
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#10 Posted : Tuesday, September 11, 2018 4:22:35 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: pointakenc Go to Quoted Post
Bumping hoping for more info
Honestly there are three
items that will matter the most for your dream Job as a Special Investigator with the FBI. Marijuana use, your mental health, and credit. Then will come your qualifications
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#11 Posted : Thursday, September 13, 2018 5:28:43 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: pointakenc Go to Quoted Post
Bumping hoping for more info
Honestly there are three
items that will matter the most for your dream Job as a Special Investigator with the FBI. Marijuana use, your mental health, and credit. Then will come your qualifications


I don't think that's right.
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#12 Posted : Friday, September 14, 2018 1:40:26 PM(UTC)
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If your folks were worried enough about you to hospitalize you, don't you think you might want to work out the causes and issues that led to your depression before anything else? Your health and recovery surely comes before deciding on how that health's going to be used, doesn't it?
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#13 Posted : Friday, September 14, 2018 5:01:14 PM(UTC)
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I have worked through it
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