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Military personnel embody experience, leadership, integrity, teamwork, and dedication. You can leverage these values in a career with the FBI.

Examples of Roles Related to a Military Career

  • Employee health and medical careers leverage enlisted and reserves healthcare training or medical degrees.

  • Telecommunications specialists can use their military skills for accurate communications to operate satellites and multiple enclaves for the FBI.

  • Language specialists with backgrounds in the area of military intelligence.

  • Special agents with a military background may be assigned to pilot helicopters and airplanes or serve on SWAT teams or elite bomb squads.

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FBI Academy

Located in Quantico, Virginia, the FBI Academy shares ground with the U.S. Marine Corps Base. Here FBI special agents, intelligence analysts, law enforcement partners, and others receive world-class training. This includes running through hands-on, real-life scenarios they’ll encounter while working in law enforcement. Read about the Academy and more on our FBI Quantico page.

FBI Quantico

An Inside Look

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Veterans' Preference

You may be eligible for Veterans’ Preference which offers priority in hiring over other applicants. Veterans may also qualify for age restriction waivers for applicable positions.

Visit the Office of Personnel Management's Feds Hire Vets website to learn more about this program.

Feds Hire Vets


In addition to Veterans’ Preference, you must ensure that you meet the FBI eligibility requirements. At minimum, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen

  • Be able to obtain a Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) Clearance (NOTE: Current clearance level does not transfer)

  • Possess a valid driver’s license

  • Be in compliance with the FBI Employment Drug Policy (PDF)



To meet Veterans’ Preference requirements, you must include additional documentation with your application. For more information and copies of the documents, please visit the Application Documents section on the FBI Eligibility and Hiring page.

Application Documents

Military Spouses

Military spouses may be eligible for Veterans' Preference. Visit Feds Hire Vets for more information.

Feds Hire Vets

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Wounded Warrior Internship Program

If you are a wounded veteran, the Wounded Warrior Internship Program (WWIP) offers you a formal means of transitioning back to the civilian workforce through rewarding assignments and career-driven experiences.

FBI hiring managers view the WWIP as a working interview opportunity to evaluate you for possible permanent employment. You are considered based on your skills, abilities, and the needs of the FBI. Internship opportunities may be available at FBI Headquarters and field offices.

FBI Locations

WWIP Application Details

In addition to all FBI eligibility requirements, WWIP applicants must:

  • Apply a minimum of 6 months before military separation date.

  • Be an active-duty service member recovering from a medical procedure and be authorized by the Department of Defense to participate in the WWIP.

  • Be a U.S. citizen, be a current or former Top Secret security clearance holder, or be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance.

To apply, please contact your regional Operation Warfighter (OWF) Coordinator.

Operation Warfighter


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Veterans Benefits

In addition to the FBI’s competitive benefits package, you could be eligible to receive additional veterans benefits. These may include:


Apply before your military separation date.


Active duty time can count towards your federal retirement.


Up to 15 days of paid leave for approved duties.


Continue to contribute to their TSP, with 5% FBI match.

Medical Leave

Disabled veterans rated 30% or more can receive a one-time benefit of up to 104 hours of medical leave.

Federal Veteran Benefits

FBI Benefits

Disabled Veterans 

Disabled veterans may have access to additional benefits. For more information, visit our persons with disabilities page.

Persons with Disabilities


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Related Opportunities

Skilled Trades

Experience you gained in the U.S. Military in trades such as automotive, machine, and electrical repair; carpentry; locksmithing; and more can prove to be a priceless resource at the FBI.

Skilled Trades

Security and Surveillance

National security is at the forefront of every U.S. veteran’s mind. Security and surveillance specialists work alongside special agents to provide analytics, intelligence, and surveillance products to protect our country.

Security and Surveillance