The FBI is the primary law enforcement entity within the US Department of Justice. Its main tasks include investigations of federal-level crimes and domestic intelligence and surveillance. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., it has 56 field offices located throughout the 50 States in addition to foreign posts within US embassies abroad.
An FBI special agent’s primary role is as investigator into situations that warrant federal attention. They may include domestic terrorism, counterintelligence, counterfeiting, corruption, and organized crime.
To become an FBI special agent is a rigorous process. The requirements include American citizenship, a clean record, age between 23 and 37 years of age, and a four-year degree. A candidate must also pass a medical exam, a series of physical tests, a background test, a drug test, and a polygraph test. Once potential candidates clear all those hurdles, they are sent to the FBI training facility in Quantico, Virginia, where they are subjected to a 21-week long course which includes 500 classroom hours and 1000 simulated law enforcement hours.