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Frequently Asked Questions


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What are the qualifications to become a Deputy U.S. Marshal?
Must be a U.S. citizen
Must be between the ages of 21 and 36 (must be appointed before 37th birthday)
Must have a bachelor’s degree, three years of qualifying work experience, or a combination of education and experience equivalent to the GL-07 level
Must have a valid driver’s license in good standing
Must successfully complete a structured interview and other assessments
Must successfully complete a background investigation
Must meet medical qualifications
Must be in excellent physical condition
Must undergo a rigorous 21 ½ week basic training program at the United States Marshals Service Training Academy in Glynco, GA

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 How do I become a Deputy U.S. Marshal?
Check out the Qualifications section for position requirements and set up your USAJOBS account to notify you when Deputy U.S. Marshals job announcements are posted.
When will the United States Marshals Service (USMS) be hiring?

Applications for Deputy U.S. Marshal Positions are ONLY accepted through the USAJOBS site during posted announcement open periods. We encourage all interested applicants to create or update their existing USAJOBS accounts and to set up their notice for USMS job postings.

Hiring campaigns cannot be predicted, as they are dependent on a variety of factors to include:

  • Retirements
  • Departures
  • Funding

Information about hiring and recruitment will be posted on our website. Individuals interested in becoming a Deputy U.S. Marshal are encouraged to create or update their existing USAJOBS accounts and to set up their notice for USMS job postings. You may also contact your local district recruiting officer.

How long is the hiring process?
The hiring process may take from 9-12 months depending on the various assessment phases.
What are the time requirements for military personnel/ college seniors who are approaching their separation/graduation date?
Individuals must be available to attend the training academy within 160 days of applying.
Where is the nearest USMS office?
The USMS office nearest you can be found on our District Map.
Where will I be assigned to work as a Deputy U.S. Marshal?
Deputy U.S. Marshals positions may be placed within any of the 94 districts throughout the continental United States. Applicant candidates will be assigned in the hiring regions under which they apply and to those city locations based on the need of the U.S. Marshals Service. All candidates are required to remain at their initial duty station for a minimum of three years. A mobility agreement and memorandum of understanding must be signed prior to employment.
What is the starting pay/benefits of a Deputy U.S. Marshal?
All positions are filled at the GL-0082-07 entry level.
  • GL--07: Starts at $45,371 (this includes RUS Locality pay of 14.35% as of January 2016)
Requirements for GL-07…

The salary stated above is an approximation. Actual salary is determined by the geographic location in which employed.  Locality Pay Table

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What will I learn at the training academy?
  • Legal Training
  • Court Security
  • Firearms Training
  • Computer Training
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Officer Survival
  • Physical Conditioning
  • Building Entry & Search
  • Driver Training
  • Search & Seizure
  • First Aid
  • High Threat Trials
  • Courtroom Evidence & Procedure
  • Protective Service Training
  • Prisoner Search & Restraint
  • Surveillance
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Where is the training academy located?
Training to become a Deputy U.S. Marshal is conducted at the U.S. Marshals Service Training Academy in Glynco, GA. Glynco is located near Brunswick, GA, midway between Savannah, GA and Jacksonville, FL.
What are the fitness standards?
The U.S. Marshals Service employs a single standard, content valid physical ability test using a job simulation model. This Physical Ability Test (PAT) is an obstacle course that approximates a foot chase with a compliance and control tactical response added in. This test is performed by all candidates while at the U.S. Marshals Service Training Academy in order to successfully graduate. Because this test cannot be shipped out to our various field locations, we have developed a field-based assessment tool that can predict PAT performance using widely accepted field fitness tests that can be conducted at each field office. This test is called the Physical Fitness Test Battery (PFTB) and is taken by applicants and incumbents. The PFTB consists of a 1.5 mile run, 1 rep maximum bench press using Olympic free weights, an Illinois agility test, and a grip strength test using a grip strength dynamometer. The scores for each of these are entered into an algorithm that computes a time prediction for the PAT. The standard for both men and women is a time completion at or below 3 minutes and 38 seconds. is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice