An Experience Like No Other
Special Agent and Intelligence Analyst candidates will report to the FBI Academy after passing their respective Selection Processes. At the Academy, New Agents in Training (NATs) and New Intelligence Analysts in Training (NIATs) have the opportunity to train together in a collaborative environment throughout their time at the Academy. The NIAT curriculum lasts 12 weeks; the NAT curriculum lasts 21 weeks. In the weeks before accepted applicants arrive, they will receive a package of information detailing the requirements, protocols and rules of the Academy. Read this information thoroughly.
Other NATs and NIATs will include people from a variety of diverse backgrounds, such as servicemen and women, teachers, chemists, accountants, lawyers, artists, doctors, engineers and more. Throughout training, NATs and NIATs are highly integrated and collaborative. Unlike NIATs, however, NATs are expected to maintain their physical rigor throughout their time at the Academy — physical fitness doesn’t stop with the initial PFT.
Candidates’ time at the FBI Academy will include lessons in a variety of areas, from firearms, defensive tactics, defensive driving, evidence and intelligence collection and analysis to interviewing, negotiation techniques and much more.
Learning at the Academy is divided into two main segments:
Weeks 1 – 12: Academic Training
The first 12 weeks of training include a highly integrated learning environment where NATs and NIATs learn the threat-based, intelligence-driven and operationally focused approach the FBI takes to all investigations. This includes developing threat-based assessments, collecting intelligence and conducting investigations and planning operations throughout a variety of collaborative exercises. Candidates should be diligent in their studies and work together to apply this learning to their future careers.
At the end of week 12, candidates attend the graduation of the NIATs.
Weeks 13 – 20: Tactical Training
Weeks 13 – 20 are NAT-only training designed to hone tactical skills and precision. This training is physically demanding and intellectually challenging, and will include lessons in firearms, defensive tactics, defensive driving and more.
NAT graduation takes place in week 21.
BFTC Grooming Standards
The FBI relies upon the trust and confidence of the American public to effectively perform its mission. Your personal appearance as an FBI Special Agent must inspire that trust and confidence. Specific dress and grooming standards will vary depending on the area of the country where you work and your specific assignments. During your career, you may encounter various restrictions on your manner of dress, personal grooming, and personal adornment, based upon the business needs of the FBI. During new agent training, you should expect strict dress and grooming standards. These standards are intended to foster safety, esprit de corps, uniformity, accountability, a sense of discipline and to eliminate any unnecessary distractions from the training environment:
- Must be clean shaven throughout training.
- Jewelry and piercings must be small, simple in design and not present a safety hazard.
- Facial piercings are not permitted, except for female trainees, who are authorized to wear earrings.
- Tattoo(s) determined to be disruptive to the learning environment must be covered by similarly colored long sleeves or a long sleeve shirt to wear under the polo shirt.
- Hair must be of reasonable length without faddish or exaggerated style or color.
- Men’s hair must not be longer than the bottom of the collar, without adornment such as buns, ponytails, or braids.
If you need an exception from these standards due to your religion or disability, you may request an accommodation prior to beginning the BFTC.
Just because a NAT or NIAT passes the coursework doesn’t necessarily mean he or she will graduate. Candidates should view the BFTC as a 12- to 21-week interview in which they are continually assessed for their fitness to join the FBI. Candidates are assessed on six dimensions of suitability, including:
- Emotional Maturity
Failure to meet these suitability standards may result in a candidate’s dismissal from the Academy.
Academy Tips and Information
The FBI Academy is a vocational institution, not a college or university. As such, candidates are expected to comport themselves appropriately.
Packing and Arrival
Candidates should pack for the appropriate length of time for which they will stay at the Academy. The first four days prior to NATs and NIATs beginning the BFTC includes the FBI’s Onboarding New Employees (ONE) orientation program. Candidates should pack according to the following dress code:
- ONE program and some field trips: business attire.
- Night and weekend dress: casual; however, no tank tops or flip-flops are allowed on Academy grounds.
- Uniforms for use during work hours (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) are provided when candidates arrive at the Academy.
- Candidates should bring workout gear as appropriate.
- Candidates with visible tattoos must wear dark blue or black long-sleeved T-shirts.
Candidates may not bring any of these items to the Academy:
- Personal weapons.
- Knives longer than 3 inches.
- Flash drives.
- Personal computers or laptops.
Candidates may bring their personal vehicles; however, parking at the Academy is limited and may not be available.
Scheduling and Leave
Training takes place Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trainees are required to remain on campus for the entirety of the first three weeks of training. A curfew of midnight on Sunday through Thursday is in place.
Candidates may request leave or time off, though this is subject to approval and will be reviewed against the class schedule and any other mitigating factors.
For additional questions related to the FBI Academy or BFTC, please contact your Applicant Coordinator.