Who can tell me anything about the 2 week selection?
Do they just steal elements and events from ASC?
Any info would appreciated. Google has failed me.
It's hard. Harder if you're stupid.
That was funny too, but I can only imagine it holds very true. I could almost see that as a de-motivational poster.
Awhile back I was perusing the FBI site and application/training sections. A very simple and albeit probably silly question occured to me. What are the chances of Agent Schmoe who didn't have a tactical background of making it in the selection process for HRT? If I understand correctly, it is open to any agent who has the necessary skills after spending a certain amount of time in. However, in light of the recruiting programs such as TRP, HSLD guys would have the edge on those w/o that background. Would it behoove an agent to try for the regional FBI SWAT teams and spend time there if they can before even attempting to go that route?
Must have at least 3 years of tactical experience in either law enforcement or the military.
Law Enforcement Experience:
- Full-time tactical team experience will carry more weight than part-time experience.
- With a Federal Agency tactical team (This category includes all Military Police.).
- Or with a Local/County/State Agency or Department tactical team.
- Completion of continuing education courses in at least three of the following: Basic SWAT • Advanced SWAT • Hostage Rescue • High Risk Arrest • Barricaded Subject • Basic Sniper/Observer • Advanced Sniper/Observer • Tactical Firearms • Mechanical Breaching
Military Experience – Army
Combat Arms experience. Service in Special Forces Group or Ranger Regiment will carry more weight.
Military Experience – Navy
Must have served in the Naval Special Warfare Community as a SEAL or Naval Special Warfare Officer.
Military Experience – Marine Corps
Combat Arms experience.
Military Experience – Air Force
Must have served in Combat Controller, Combat Rescue (Pararescue), or Tactical Air Control Party fields.
Selection to HRT is open to all FBI Special Agents who have achieved a prescribed level of FBI investigative experience, are recommended to come to the HRT selection course by their Special Agent in Charge based on the quality of their work, and have demonstrated excellent firearms and physical fitness skills.
According to the HRT recruiter, the average turnover for HRT is four years (which is basically one HRT tour). More often than not, the HRT guys are going back to the field offices. That wouldn't be feasible if they made it its own branch with separate requirements.
That's what I'm saying. Why send a guy back to be a gum shoe at a field office? After four years of taking a guy off the street and training him up to a CQB standard, he finally starting to get pretty good and then he leaves. Keep him in the specialized role on a permanent basis. To me the FBI is trying to run HRT the way the Army ran the SF before they were their own branch. I looked into HRT when I was considering getting out. Good program but you are a special agent first and HRT is basically a b billet you do for four to eight years of your career. Good deal if you are okay with that but not so good if you are joining the FBI just to go HRT.