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Border Jobs For Veterans Act To Increase Employment Opportunities For Veterans

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The Border Jobs For Veterans Act which was recently passed by the U.S. Senate on September 9, 2015, is designed to actively recruit members of the Armed Forces who are separating from military service to serve as Customs and Border Protection Officers.

Customs and Border Protection Officers are located at United States ports of entry and carry out critical law enforcement duties associated with screening foreign visitors, returning United States citizens, and imported cargo entering the United States.  With an estimated 250,000 to 300,000 servicemembers separating from service every year, the Border Jobs For Veterans Act will help put veterans to work as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at understaffed U.S. ports of entry.

In the next few months, the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of Defense will  jointly identify Military Occupational Specialty Codes, Air Force Specialty Codes, Naval Enlisted Classifications and Officer Designators, and Coast Guard Competencies that are transferable to the requirements, qualifications, and duties assigned to Customs and Border Protection Officers.

“Veterans need jobs and our ports need CBP officers. Solutions don’t get more straightforward than that. The Senate has unanimously approved a bill that will put veterans to work, improve national security, increase trade and grow the economy – all at no additional cost to the taxpayer. Not a bad day in Washington.” – U.S. Senator. Jeff Flake

Within the next six months,  the Secretary of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the Secretary of Defense, will establish a program to actively recruit members of the Armed Forces who are separating from military service to serve as Customs and Border Protection Officers.

The Transition Assistance Program will include information about Customs and Border Protection Officer opportunities and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials or other relevant Department of Homeland Security officials will be present at recruiting events and jobs fairs involving members of the Armed Forces who are separating from military service.

On top of the increased recruitment effort, the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of Defense will work to ensure the streamlined inter-agency transfer of relevant background investigations and security clearances.

S. 1603: Border Jobs for Veterans Act of 2015

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