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Annino  
#121 Posted : Tuesday, February 8, 2022 10:40:31 AM(UTC)
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Good luck to everyone reporting this Sunday!
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#122 Posted : Wednesday, February 9, 2022 7:05:06 AM(UTC)
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Anyone take a PFT in the winter? Any tips? Taking my Pre-Q in a few weeks.


I took it in late fall (upper 30s, feeling like less than 30). Train as much as possible outside.

Build up a SOLID running base. Don't train like you're trying to run a mile and a half at a pace, because by the time you get there you are exhausted and the lactic acid is building up in your muscles from the 300m and ~10 min rest. I trained like the mile and a half would be my cool down run, something I could do at a relatively relaxed pace. I had routinely been doing 3-4 mile runs at the 2 point pace and would do 1.5 mile cool downs (2-3 point pace) after my sprint workouts. If anything about the day (weather, cramps, sickness, bad pacing, just harder/greater fatigue than you expect) is sub optimal, you still want to be able to do it. (I threw up before the test and had someone matching me in lane 1 while I tried to pass, got my 2 points for 14 total).

It seems like when I tested or watched or heard from people that the 1.5 mile was most people's undoing, but also don't slack on the other events even once you feel like you're "good" with them.

Good luck!
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#123 Posted : Wednesday, February 9, 2022 7:20:42 AM(UTC)
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How much time are those that are Q ready planning on taking off of work before Q (if any)? I’ve got a pretty stressful job both because of the type of job and because it’s not a great work environment anymore, so I’ve been pretty burnt out for a while now. When I got the call saying I’m in the April class a couple of weeks ago I was told to take off whatever time I need before (as long as I can afford it obv), and that some people in the military just go leave as soon as they get that call. I was originally planning on doing two weeks, but as my job gets more miserable, I’m leaning towards a month. I’m just curious about what others are planning on doing.


I was also pretty sick of my job (civilian, non-gov). I only took about a week, giving about 2.5 weeks notice (although my last week of work I barely did anything and by then no one expected anything from me, but I also had to move all my stuff to storage and get out of my apartment). I took a short vacation about a month before the class was supposed to start, I did at little as possible (still got my running in) and just sat by the pool with a book for most of it. I came back feeling like a whole new person. Highly recommend as an alternative to quitting too early (though, believe me, I thought about it too).

They do strongly advise not quitting until you have confirmation you are in the class/receive your final offer. You never know what could change with government, so I would be prepared to wait for the June class if you end up quitting before getting your April invitation. Make sure you have health insurance coverage or can afford COBRA (you also don't want to injure yourself in the intervening time and be delayed for many months with added expenses AND no income).

Though if you have a working spouse who is comfortable paying the bills without your income, I'd be more inclined to say go for it, but take the vacation first.

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#124 Posted : Wednesday, February 9, 2022 8:07:18 AM(UTC)
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How much time are those that are Q ready planning on taking off of work before Q (if any)? I’ve got a pretty stressful job both because of the type of job and because it’s not a great work environment anymore, so I’ve been pretty burnt out for a while now. When I got the call saying I’m in the April class a couple of weeks ago I was told to take off whatever time I need before (as long as I can afford it obv), and that some people in the military just go leave as soon as they get that call. I was originally planning on doing two weeks, but as my job gets more miserable, I’m leaning towards a month. I’m just curious about what others are planning on doing.


I was also pretty sick of my job (civilian, non-gov). I only took about a week, giving about 2.5 weeks notice (although my last week of work I barely did anything and by then no one expected anything from me, but I also had to move all my stuff to storage and get out of my apartment). I took a short vacation about a month before the class was supposed to start, I did at little as possible (still got my running in) and just sat by the pool with a book for most of it. I came back feeling like a whole new person. Highly recommend as an alternative to quitting too early (though, believe me, I thought about it too).

They do strongly advise not quitting until you have confirmation you are in the class/receive your final offer. You never know what could change with government, so I would be prepared to wait for the June class if you end up quitting before getting your April invitation. Make sure you have health insurance coverage or can afford COBRA (you also don't want to injure yourself in the intervening time and be delayed for many months with added expenses AND no income).

Though if you have a working spouse who is comfortable paying the bills without your income, I'd be more inclined to say go for it, but take the vacation first.



Your vacation sounds exactly like what I need! Unfortunately one of the sucky parts with my job is that I was made a temp employee back in December because my boss though I would have left already. As a result I lost all benefits and PTO. Luckily I’m on my husband’s insurance and we could manage living off his income for a couple of months if need be. At this point the pros of taking the time off are outweighing the cons.
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#125 Posted : Wednesday, February 9, 2022 8:32:16 AM(UTC)
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Does anyone know what happens if you go to Quantico and get injured and need to come back for a subsequent class? Do you get paid and keep your benefits while you are rehabing the injury and until you return, or are you basically unemployed during that time? Obviously nobody hopes to be in this situation, but I've heard people do get injured and end up in this scenario, so it would lift a weight off my shoulders knowing that my family wouldn't be without insurance if I badly sprain an ankle or something at the academy...Anyone happen to have any information on this one?


I’ve heard that you get sent back to your processing FO and put on a desk and then recycled into a new class once you’re better.
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#126 Posted : Thursday, February 10, 2022 2:36:48 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: debellil Go to Quoted Post
How much time are those that are Q ready planning on taking off of work before Q (if any)? I’ve got a pretty stressful job both because of the type of job and because it’s not a great work environment anymore, so I’ve been pretty burnt out for a while now. When I got the call saying I’m in the April class a couple of weeks ago I was told to take off whatever time I need before (as long as I can afford it obv), and that some people in the military just go leave as soon as they get that call. I was originally planning on doing two weeks, but as my job gets more miserable, I’m leaning towards a month. I’m just curious about what others are planning on doing.


I took a week off in between my previous job and Quantico (going on Sunday), and I strongly encourage it. There are so many forms and things to get in order before you go. If you can afford to take the time off, it's well worth it just to organize your life before you're gone for 5 months.
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#127 Posted : Thursday, February 10, 2022 3:51:26 PM(UTC)
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What is the travel policy at Q on weekends these days? Restricted, 50 miles, no restriction?
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#128 Posted : Friday, February 11, 2022 8:47:06 AM(UTC)
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Any advice on the best shoes for the PFT? Specifically shoes that have helped with 300m times?
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#129 Posted : Friday, February 11, 2022 8:52:19 AM(UTC)
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Any advice on the best shoes for the PFT? Specifically shoes that have helped with 300m times?


I recently purchased a pair of saucony endorphin speeds 2, and they’re the best shoes I’ve ever worn. Light, quick, and reduce tiredness in my legs. Really any plated shoe is going to help propel you forward like that, I just prefer the nylon plates for flexibility over carbon plates (which flare up my shin splints). Going to a running store like Fleet Feet is great, they’ll scan and measure your feet and have you try on a bunch of shoes based on the scans and what you need them for. Highly recommend.
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#130 Posted : Saturday, February 12, 2022 7:39:37 AM(UTC)
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Any advice on the best shoes for the PFT? Specifically shoes that have helped with 300m times?


Just going to chime in on what others have already posted. But I second the endorphin speed 2. Im a triathlete and my race specific shoe is the endorphin speed. They are light, responsive, and will shave precious seconds off your time compared to a typical running "training shoe" that's heavier. Also can't go wrong with those nikes also posted. Just realize both those shoes are meant for running fast or racing. They're not the best everyday shoe.

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#131 Posted : Wednesday, February 16, 2022 7:30:33 AM(UTC)
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Hello all,

I've been working on my resume and I had a couple questions about what you guys did in terms of format. I understand they want you to use the federal resume format, but I've gotten some conflicting advice on how that is supposed to look. I went to a military transition assistance advisor that told me each job listing on the resume should have the FBI core competencies listed out with a blurb underneath each competency highlighting what you did in that job that exemplifies it. I've also been told it should be more of a narrative format with stories to showcase your accomplishments and competencies.

However, the federal resume template comes across to me as more of a bulleted list of accomplishments and competencies instead (with "KSAs" mentioned throughout). Is this the case, or would anybody mind shooting over a resume example that worked for you in the process? I may just be overthinking this, but I want to make sure my resume is done right and allows me to put my best foot forward. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Hello all,

I've been working on my resume and I had a couple questions about what you guys did in terms of format. I understand they want you to use the federal resume format, but I've gotten some conflicting advice on how that is supposed to look. I went to a military transition assistance advisor that told me each job listing on the resume should have the FBI core competencies listed out with a blurb underneath each competency highlighting what you did in that job that exemplifies it. I've also been told it should be more of a narrative format with stories to showcase your accomplishments and competencies.

However, the federal resume template comes across to me as more of a bulleted list of accomplishments and competencies instead (with "KSAs" mentioned throughout). Is this the case, or would anybody mind shooting over a resume example that worked for you in the process? I may just be overthinking this, but I want to make sure my resume is done right and allows me to put my best foot forward. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!



The way I was instructed and also guided via resume coach on how I submitted for each job:

*Note*: Key Skills, Responsibilities and Accomplishments can be all together in a narrative type paragraph or broken down into their own categories. I broke them down as shown below as I felt it was more organized.


"Job Title and Years worked"
"Company name and location"
"Salary, hourly or annual"
"Job Type: Part time/Full time and hours worked"
"Supervisor name and phone"

Key Skills: "....." - list skills

Responsibilities: "......" - no more then three sentences

Accomplishments: "....." - no more then three sentences

Bulleted core competencies and a sentence or two how this particular job relates to the stated competency.
- Leadership: "...."
- Collaboration: "...."
- etc.


Feel free to PM me if you want any other insight

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I know this has been asked many times before, but can someone explain what to expect after you finally see "pending final offer" in the portal and have the date change? Does someone call you to discuss your potential academy date? If that happened, say tomorrow, any ideas regarding the most likely academy class (e.g. April, June, July, etc.)?


I was called a few days letter and was told I’m on the roster for the April class and to expect the final offer about a month out. My HR specialist has been super communicative the whole time though, I know other people haven’t had the same experience.
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#134 Posted : Thursday, February 17, 2022 6:48:36 PM(UTC)
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What have you found to be useful in preparing for the Phase II interview?

I am on my 2nd chance for the SA application. I initially applied back in 2019 but did poorly in my interview. Looking back, I was floundering my answers and most importantly, did not stick with a STAR (Situation, Task, Action, and Result) answer format.

My plan: find a lot of STAR example interview questions, write out my responses, use a wider variety of my experience beyond just my work (last time I mostly stuck with my job at the time), and to every extent possible, attach assets of my answers to a wider variety of the FBI Core Competencies. I will be making extensive notes in my written practice questions. Thoughts?
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I know this has been asked many times before, but can someone explain what to expect after you finally see "pending final offer" in the portal and have the date change? Does someone call you to discuss your potential academy date? If that happened, say tomorrow, any ideas regarding the most likely academy class (e.g. April, June, July, etc.)?


Seems to be different from field office to field office. I've never talked to my AC on the phone, and all communication has been via email. I know some people said they got phone calls when cleared. I got an email stating I was targeted for June class and asking to confirm my availability about a week after getting the checkmark.

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What have you found to be useful in preparing for the Phase II interview?

I am on my 2nd chance for the SA application. I initially applied back in 2019 but did poorly in my interview. Looking back, I was floundering my answers and most importantly, did not stick with a STAR (Situation, Task, Action, and Result) answer format.

My plan: find a lot of STAR example interview questions, write out my responses, use a wider variety of my experience beyond just my work (last time I mostly stuck with my job at the time), and to every extent possible, attach assets of my answers to a wider variety of the FBI Core Competencies. I will be making extensive notes in my written practice questions. Thoughts?



Also failed phase II in 2019 and passed it the second go around last year. STAR is the key but there are also coaches out there that are super helpful. Carole Martin is very highly regarded.

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#137 Posted : Sunday, February 20, 2022 6:33:34 AM(UTC)
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Question regarding medical:

I know I'll need to provide proof of vacs, documentation of any hospitalizations, and any major medical issues. What else should I expect to gather? If I have a VA disability rating, will I need to provide 100% of my VA records? Or will they just require documentation regarding my disability and any treatment for them since I got out? I ask because I raced mountain bikes for a while, resulting in a number of doctor visits for small injuries (non of which were hospitalizations over night).

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Question regarding medical:

I know I'll need to provide proof of vacs, documentation of any hospitalizations, and any major medical issues. What else should I expect to gather? If I have a VA disability rating, will I need to provide 100% of my VA records? Or will they just require documentation regarding my disability and any treatment for them since I got out? I ask because I raced mountain bikes for a while, resulting in a number of doctor visits for small injuries (non of which were hospitalizations over night).

Thanks all.


I don't know about the veteran rating part, but to be honest I'd recommend just having everything available and bring it with you when you go in case they want it. The main reason I say this is that medical can be a little confusing. I thought I was very prepared and had every form filled out before arriving, brough proof of wearing contacts from my eye doctor, vaccine docs, etc., yet I still ended up having a bunch of stuff to complete upon arrival and, after the appointment, had multiple emails seeking further information and documentation. And that's as someone who has a fairly uncomplicated medical history. So just do yourself a favor and get every document you can get your hands on ahead of time so you don't have to try to get them after the medical appointment, especially since commicating with the medical office after the appointment is kind of tough. This was my experience, anyway. Also, as a side note, make sure you understand the vaccine requirements ahead of time, because that too can be a bit confusing.



You'll need to provide you VA rating packet which lists what percentages your getting. Depending on what your rated for, you might have to follow up with your doctor to get an evaluation, making sure you're capable of doing the job.

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Hey everyone - Decided to re-up my application and go for this again. Went through the process in 2019 and didn't make the cut after Phase 2. It's been eating away at me ever since and feel ready to get back into the process after I had a couple more years of experience. It's interesting to see how the process has changed slightly since then but best of luck to everyone else.
P2: 12/19 - FAIL
Resubmit: 2/22
M&G: 3/22
P2 W: 3/22
P2 I: 6/22
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#140 Posted : Monday, February 21, 2022 10:36:20 AM(UTC)
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Hey everyone - Decided to re-up my application and go for this again. Went through the process in 2019 and didn't make the cut after Phase 2. It's been eating away at me ever since and feel ready to get back into the process after I had a couple more years of experience. It's interesting to see how the process has changed slightly since then but best of luck to everyone else.


Welcome back and good luck! You got this!
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