- U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the world’s largest civilian law enforcement organization.
- Air and Marine Operations (AMO) is a federal law enforcement organization dedicated to serving and protecting the American people. We apply advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities and employ our unique skill sets to preserve America’s security interests.
- 74 Air and Marine Operations locations, including branches and units, National Air Security Operations Centers, and the Air and Marine Operations Center
- Conduct air to air, air to water, and air to ground border interdiction of people and conveyances illegally crossing U.S. borders.
- Patrol oceans, lakes, and rivers to prevent the illegal entry of weapons of terror
- Prohibit illegal narcotics and prevent the entry of undocumented aliens
- On a typical day, AMO flies 212 Enforcement hours at and beyond the border, and within our nation’s interior.
- INTERDICTION: Efforts to intercept, apprehend, and disrupt threats in the land, sea, and air domains as they move toward or across the borders of the United States.
- INVESTIGATION: AMO's specialized investigative skill sets are unique among law enforcement in the air and maritime environments.
- DOMAIN AWARENESS: The observation of the operating domain (air, land, and maritime) and baseline information associated with the domain.
- CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS AND NATIONAL TASKINGS
- Terror threats and incidents
- Continuity of operations
- Federal disaster relief
- National special security event
- AMO was established January 17, 2006
- This page was last updated: May 13, 2022 (Hiring, Pay Notes, Career Services)
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Pilot Enter on Duty minimums are 1500 flight hours; (up to 500 hours can be waived, reducing the pilot enter on duty minimums to 1000 hours; see Required Documents regarding the Flight Hour Waiver).
A current FAA Commercial or ATP Pilot Certification with the following ratings:
Dual Rated: Airplane (Single-engine land or multi-engine land) with instrument rating AND Rotorcraft Helicopter with instrument rating; or
Airplane Rated: Airplane (Single-engine land or multi-engine land) with instrument; or
Helicopter Rated: Rotorcraft Helicopter with instrument rating; or
Equivalent military rating of the above at the time of application (eligibility based on military flight experience must provide official orders, forms or logbooks showing their status as a rated military pilot)
250 Pilot-in-Command hours
75 Instrument hours
75 Night hours (Flight Hour Waiver available, see Required Documents)
100 Flight hours in the last 12 months
FAA Class I medical required for assessment dated within last 12 calendar months
FAA Class II medical will qualify. It must be dated within last 12 calendar months. However, at the time of your Flight Assessment you MUST present a FAA 1st Class Medical Certificate dated within the previous 12 calendar months.
Apply at 750 hours total time
Applicants applying at 750 flight hours are required to obtain at least 1,000 flight hours (depending on the number of hours approved for a waiver) at own expense before being able to attend the 3-part flight assessment. Applicant must still meet 250 Pilot-in-Command, 75 instrument, 75 night hours and 100 flight hours in the last 12 months.
UAS Flight Hours:
Applicants may include UAS Predator A (MQ-1), Predator B (MQ-9) flight hours and Predator A (MQ-1), Predator B (MQ-9) or predator based variant flight hours. These hours may be credited towards satisfying the "Total flight time" 1,500 flight hour requirement only. UAS hours do not count towards the 250 flight hours as a Pilot in Command, 75 flight hours Instrument and 75 flight hours Night. Flight hour logbooks will be required at time of your Flight Assessment for verification.
Southeast Region: (to include but not limited to the following locations) Homestead, FL
Caribbean Air and Marine Branch (CAMB): Aguadilla, PR
Southwest Region: (to include but not limited to the following locations) Tucson, Yuma, AZ; San Diego, CA; Del Rio, Deming, El Paso, Laredo, McAllen, and Uvalde TX
National Air Security Operation Center (NASOC) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Locations: (to include but not limited to the following locations) Sierra Vista, AZ; Grand Forks, ND; San Angelo, TX
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations PAYSCALES
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This is a career ladder position with a grade level progression of GS-11, GS-12, and GS-13. You may be eligible for a promotion to the next higher grade level automatically (without re-applying) once you complete 52-weeks at each grade level (with supervisor approval).
Air Interdiction Agents (AIA) special salary rates are posted on OPM's site. To see the special salary rates please visit this link. The compensation acronyms used below are:
SSR: Special Salary Rate as posted by OPM (Effective 1/1/2022)
LEAP: Law Enforcement Availability Pay (25% Everyone)
RI: Retention Incentive (10% for UAS Sites)
RI: Recruitment Incentive (25% for CAMB Sites only)
Example annual compensation for the first three years at our new-hire locations which are currently authorized to receive LEAP (amounts below include the SSR + LEAP).
GS-11, 1st year annual pay - $96,159
GS-12, 2nd year annual pay - $115,255
GS-13, 3rd year annual pay - $137,053
Example annual compensation for the first three years at our new-hire locations which are currently authorized to receive a 10% retention incentive (amounts below include the SSR + LEAP + 10% Retention Incentive ((RI) UAS Sites: Sierra Vista, AZ; Grand Forks, ND; San Angelo, TX)
GS-11, 1st year annual pay - $103,852
GS-12, 2nd year annual pay - $124,475
GS-13, 3rd year annual pay - $148, 017
Example annual compensation for the first three years at our new-hire locations which are currently authorized to receive LEAP (amounts below include the SSR + LEAP + 25% Recruitment Incentive ((RI) CAMB location only).
GS-11, 1st year annual pay - $115,391
GS-12, 2nd year annual pay - $138,306
GS-13, 3rd year annual pay - $164,464
Domestic Per Diem (Hourly):
The U.S. General Services Administration per diem rates are listed by state in the link below. Per Diem is paid when an employee is on official travel for the government.
International Per Diem (Hourly):
International Per Diem is paid in accordance with the US General Services Administration.
5% of your TSP contributions are matched at 4%, by the agency every pay period.
1 for 1 matching to 3%
Then .5 for 1 matching to 5%
Employees that retire from CBP can count on the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) to enjoy life after working. FERS includes the following three streams of income:
- FERS Basic Annuity under special provisions: Air Interdiction Agents that serve in federal government with at least 20 years of law enforcement service are eligible for the generous FERS basic annuity. This guaranteed lifetime pension, paid to retirees is a percentage of your highest average basic pay you earned during any 3 consecutive years of service. Learn more.
- Thrift Savings Plan: Similar to a 401(k) plan, the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a defined contribution plan designed to give federal employees the same retirement savings related benefits that workers in the private sector enjoy with 401(k) plans. Contributions to the plan are automatically deducted from each paycheck, the amount which is chosen by employees, and is transferable if you change employers. An additional benefit to the TSP is employer matching contributions; up to 5% of your base salary. For all the benefits, please visit us here.
- Social Security: You receive social security retirement payments, the benefits of which are transferable when you change employers. Learn more about Social Security retirement benefits.
Law Enforcement 6(c) Retirement Coverage: Being in a frontline position at CBP qualifies you for 6(c) retirement coverage. What does that mean? 6(c) retirement coverage means you can retire at any age after 25 years of service or at age 50 with at least 20 years of service. 6(c) eligibility is a factor for determining your FERS basic annuity.
401K Matching: Yes
Thrift Savings Plan
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