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Becoming an NCIS Special Agent

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Why Should You Be an NCIS Special Agent?

  • NCIS special agent is one of the most challenging and fulfilling careers in law enforcement.
  • NCIS special agents gain experience and responsibility in a matter of months.
  • World travel and life abroad in locations such as Italy, Japan, England, Bahrain and aboard ship is part of the NCIS special agent experience.
  • NCIS is an ideal place to pursue work in law enforcement specialties such as computer investigations... forensic science... threat assessment analysis... economic crimes... and electronic countermeasures.
  • NCIS provides extensive training for special agents: from the 19-week NCIS Basic Agent Course held at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)... to in-service training on subjects ranging from death investigations to crime scene processing, domestic security, unarmed self-defense, and critical incident stress debriefing... to multi-month programs on technical surveillance countermeasures, polygraph, procurement fraud, protective service... and year-long graduate programs in forensic science, foreign counterintelligence, and language studies.
  • NCIS agents are armed federal law enforcement investigators.
  • NCIS special agents receive good pay and benefits, including eligibility for Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP). Current pay scales may be found at: www.opm.gov/oca/05tables/index.asp.

Are You Qualified to be an NCIS Special Agent?

  • You must be 21 to 37 years old.
  • You must have an accredited baccalaureate degree.
  • You must have vision correctable to 20/20 with normal color vision.
  • You must be a U.S.-born or naturalized U.S. citizen.
  • You must pass a background suitability screening.

Applicants are not required to enlist in the Navy or Marine Corps... have preexisting military or law enforcement experience, such experience is often desirable... or have any particular Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). In addition to the special agent position, NCIS offers a broad range of Professional and Support Careers.

How to Apply

The application process for an NCIS special agent is initiated by submitting a form OF612 (which can be obtained from the Office of Personnel Management or a resume, along with an NCIS Agent Application Form (Word file) and Applicant Background Survey (Word file), directly to the agency.

Refer to the NCIS Application Information Booklet (Word file) for information on the Special Agent application and selection process. See this booklet for answers to these questions:


What does it take to qualify for the Special Agent position?
How do I apply?
What is the selection process?
What tests do I have to take?
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Upon completion, please mail the forms to:

Naval Criminal Investigative Service Headquarters
(Code 10)
716 Sicard Street SE
Washington Navy Yard DC 20388-5388

Once the application is reviewed, you will be notified of any further processing. Please make sure that your application is completed thoroughly and includes all work experience, internships, supervisory positions, computer experience, training, special skills, foreign language proficiency, and grade.

For frequently asked questions about becoming an NCIS special agent, click here.

Note: the Online Application system is for special agents only; those interested in Professional and Support Careers may click here

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