OCCUPATION THESAURUS

SECRET SERVICE AGENT



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HELPFUL TIP:

How your character makes a living is an important decision. After all, there’s probably a good reason why they chose this career. Think about how they pull on certain talents and skills, have positive or negative traits, and adhere to a specific work ethic to excel. Sometimes characters choose an occupation because of how they were raised, something they experienced, or even an emotional wound, so consider how all of these things will show readers who they are deep down, and why they do what they do.
OVERVIEW:
Secret Service agents protect high-profile government officials such as presidents, vice-presidents, and visiting heads of state. They also lead investigations into money laundering, cyber-attacks, fraud, and other crimes that threaten national systems of banking, technology, etc. Depending on the assignment, frequent and lengthy travel can be required.

NECESSARY TRAINING:
Applicants for this position must be US citizens between twenty-one and thirty-seven years of age (thirty-nine, for applicants with a veteran's status) and in superb physical condition, including having 20/20 corrected vision. They must pass a written exam, a physical abilities and psychological evaluation, and in-depth background checks. In addition, they can have no visible body or facial tattoos.

Once hired, an agent will go through two extensive training programs lasting a total of twenty-seven weeks. Both programs must be passed on the first try. After completion of training, an agent's first field assignment is to a U.S.-based office and lasts six to eight years. This is followed by a three- to five-year protective assignment. After that, an agent can pursue placements in various locations, including international offices.

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HOW THIS OCCUPATION MIGHT IMPACT ONE'S BASIC NEEDS:
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REASONS THE CHARACTER MAY HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO THIS PROFESSION:
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