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Espera in Tampa, Florida

20 months ago

Anyone have experience, or have info, about being in a ready pool and then switching primary airports to a larger airport that you haven't applied to? Make sense?

Ex: you applied to a small airport in California, went through all the hoops and got into the pool for that small airport. But in order to have a better shot of ACTUALLY getting hired into TSA before expiring in the small airport pool, you want to get into the larger airport pool (even though you didn't "apply" to them).

Thanks!

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swissmiss in Burbank, Illinois

20 months ago

Espera in Tampa, Florida said: Anyone have experience, or have info, about being in a ready pool and then switching primary airports to a larger airport that you haven't applied to? Make sense?

Ex: you applied to a small airport in California, went through all the hoops and got into the pool for that small airport. But in order to have a better shot of ACTUALLY getting hired into TSA before expiring in the small airport pool, you want to get into the larger airport pool (even though you didn't "apply" to them).

Thanks!

You have to wait for a job opening announcement to the larger airport and once you apply for that airport you are automatically put in their ready pool! Good luck!

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21 JUMP STREET in Cranbury, New Jersey

20 months ago

Espera in Tampa, Florida said: Anyone have experience, or have info, about being in a ready pool and then switching primary airports to a larger airport that you haven't applied to? Make sense?

Ex: you applied to a small airport in California, went through all the hoops and got into the pool for that small airport. But in order to have a better shot of ACTUALLY getting hired into TSA before expiring in the small airport pool, you want to get into the larger airport pool (even though you didn't "apply" to them).

Thanks!

You can apply to all and any Airport, once you're "call in" for you're AA and "pass" you can pick and choose another Airport closer to home or to a larger Airport to swear in and work at that has an opening. keep in mind our new union rules and laws, any Officer with seniority can bump any of you recruits OUT of any position at any Airport at anytime.

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Espera in Tampa, Florida

20 months ago

21 JUMP STREET in Cranbury, New Jersey said: You can apply to all and any Airport, once you're "call in" for you're AA and "pass" you can pick and choose another Airport closer to home or to a larger Airport to swear in and work at that has an opening. keep in mind our new union rules and laws, any Officer with seniority can bump any of you recruits OUT of any position at any Airport at anytime.

Thanks swissmiss and 21 JUMP STREET - I appreciate the replies. I'll call up the help desk and ask them to add the other larger airport as my primary.

Rightfully so regarding those with seniority - bump away - just get me in there first. Glad there's a union now.

Thanks again!

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Bklynfinest in Brooklyn, New York

20 months ago

Mars21 in Brooklyn, New York said: They gave me the address but not any directions!

Hey How did it go on your first day!?!?

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Pepto in Miami, Florida

20 months ago

Yes please let us know Mars21 how did it go the first day and if they already told you when you get out of training sessions how many hours will they start you with.

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Mars21 in East Orange, New Jersey

20 months ago

Training is going great and you're guaranteed 25 hours a week! Just have to be really flexible because they don't give you an option to choose your work times! Oh and make sure that your name on all your documents are exactly the same or they won't accept it!

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Pepto in Miami, Florida

20 months ago

Do you know about the locality pay? will your paycheck come out to exactly the time rate they pay or will the pay rate have a locality pay adjustment? The reason why I ask Mars21 it is because I keep seen like for example here in MIA international it says $14.75/hr but the locality pay says 16.xx% so I'm wondering if the rate per hour will be prorated to match the locality pay, such as 16.something% of $14.75/hr will actually pay some $16.something/hr see. 25 hrs per week doesnt sound bad at that rate with all the benefits. As long as my paycheck comes out to like $800 bi-weekly I'll be ok. At my current job my paycheck after all deductions comes out to like $1,1125 bi-weekly. Please let us know in another 2 weeks. Thax in advanced.

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Mars21 in East Orange, New Jersey

20 months ago

It will have the locality pay adjustment...and on top of that if you work nights you will be paid a 10% pay premium and if you work Sundays you will be paid a 25% pay premium...so your pay check will be some what different every pay period!

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Pepto in Miami, Florida

20 months ago

Wow Mars21 I'm beginning to get motivated LOL. I'm still in the background investigation process. yes 10% for nights is good, but the 25% Sundays is a premium :) These are good incentives to make up for the 25hrs weekly. I heard from someone else that they did offer you an additional 3hrs perday, if available, find out please.

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Mars21 in East Orange, New Jersey

20 months ago

Well ya training is full time hours and your OJT is full time hours and once you actually start working at your terminal there is a possibility of getting extra hours!

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Pepto in Miami, Florida

20 months ago

Yes I know, so you'll be working full time hours for almost two months before beginning to work part time. :-) you'll have an idea of what the full time paycheck looks like. Thanks so much. I was thinking I was going to be making much less if I made the jump from my current job, but seems we can survive on this paycheck paying the basic bills.

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21 Jump Street in Trenton, New Jersey

20 months ago

Pepto-Don't forget any extra pay you make will go to you're union dues, lol. $35.00 a week. AFGE-•Certification testing will no longer count on performance scores and pay increases;
•PASS as we've known it will end. New “TOPS” program evaluations will be based on your actual performance of your duties;
•No denial of accrued leave based solely on your leave balance;
•Leave will be denied only for appropriate reasons and not as a form of discipline;
•Employees may self-certify for absences of 3 days or less;
•Improved uniforms and permits uniform variations to account for weather and temperature;
•All employees will be able to bid for annual leave once a year and all days will be available for bidding;
•You can trade shifts and full schedules with other officers;
•Seniority rights for many special assignments, transfers, conversions from part time to full time.

Also-you're going to love working at MIA-Miami International Airport Security Director Lauren Stover is cool beans and is very smart, she was an entry level officer herself before taking on the dual positions of Comm Director and Airport Security Director. MIA's TSA/HLS Officers, EOD Teams, Service Dog Teams, BDO's and HSI /FAMS are the best of the best and right up there with PHIL/NEWARK/NEW YORK.I'm waiting to get cleared for my TC/SCI clearance and I'm heading down to FT Meade to take my polograph test for my new security position, should be fun , it's all paid for up front,all my travel expences, ect, waiting for the word any day now. I just hope it's not at XMAS time, lol. I'm jacked up and can't wait..

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Pepto in Miami, Florida

20 months ago

This is nice, even if I have to pay union dues I won't mine because it is all worth been represented by a union. In my current job since it is county, I had a union but I quit it because many people were dissatisfied based on a 3 yr. contract that we lost a big chunk of our paycheck and many people thought the union disnt not do enough for us. In the case of TSA I would feel much protected entering as a union member than not to be unionized.

Let me ask, this new position you are applying for TC/SCI is it like a LEO position? I see there are growing opportunities whitin the TSA.

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21 Jump street in Trenton, New Jersey

20 months ago

I'am not applying,I've already passed my assessment and selected. TC/SCI is a Top Secret Clearance,It's a Security Position and I am about to start my on boarding process shortly. We have several LE positions that require a BA /Masters degree and having military service BACKGROUND helps places you at the top of the hiring pool. So once you begin you're career and get settled into you're new position, go back to school and work hard and BE stand out, after several years of HAVING a good service record you can beging to look at several LE positions with other agency's within the HLS. FAMS, BDO'S Homeland Security Investigators, ICE, CBP,ect. Good luck and have a good day. I'll keep you posted on my career track.

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Pepto in Miami, Florida

20 months ago

Thank you for explaining. Yes this sounds promising. I don't have a military background but I do have a good education. I'll be happy with any type of job in the end that is able to pay my bills. I don't even know if I qualify in the future for any LE position, I'm already 35yrs. Soon so I'll most likely be past that age stage :-( but it doesn't keep me away from applying in the near future to other position, wow it is the federal government and there is so much room to grow.

Good luck on your TS clearance and I'm sure it'll work out for you, congratulations.

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21 Jump Street in Trenton, New Jersey

20 months ago

You too Brother, you're going to love the new uniforms, and don't forget, you're going to make a fine federal officer, the day you swear in and earn you're federal badge, you'll be a part of the game and the TEAM, and that's the first step. It's a position of great importance and you're going to be on the front lines protecting you're people, the citizens of the United States America and you're country.

Be Proud, Stay Proud.

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Pepto in Miami, Florida

20 months ago

Thank you 21jump for the motivation. And I plan to be a very honest federal employee as well. In my current job I have worked for almost 14 yrs and I have a good record. :-) it feels good knowing we are making a contribution in serving our country and bringing a layer of security to the American people.

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21 Jump Street in Trenton, New Jersey

20 months ago

Pepto in Miami, Florida said: Thank you 21jump for the motivation. And I plan to be a very honest federal employee as well. In my current job I have worked for almost 14 yrs and I have a good record. :-) it feels good knowing we are making a contribution in serving our country and bringing a layer of security to the American people.

Hooah!

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ArmyGirl in Atlanta, Georgia

20 months ago

Hey guys! I've seen several people say their e86 form was kicked back several times. I've worked at a few places when I was 18 and don't exactly remember the managers name. It was almost 10 years ago. Will they kick it back for something like that? Or are they kicking back for more serious things? Do they actually call the references? I have my interview soon and I'm so nervous ... Any advice?

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Lee in Decatur, Georgia

20 months ago

ArmyGirl in Atlanta, Georgia said: Hey guys! I've seen several people say their e86 form was kicked back several times. I've worked at a few places when I was 18 and don't exactly remember the managers name. It was almost 10 years ago. Will they kick it back for something like that? Or are they kicking back for more serious things? Do they actually call the references? I have my interview soon and I'm so nervous ... Any advice?

Hey ArmyGirl. I too am a little nervous about the e86 and airport assessment. I'm scheduled for the AA at ATL on Wednesday. I didn't submit my e86 yet, since I'm still waiting for some info from my parents, but I want to have it sent in before Wednesday. From what I've seen on these forums, they kick back the e86 for any sort of missing information, unless you explain the reasons for not having the info in those comment boxes. Even then, I'm not sure if they'll be satisfied with the explanation or not. I think I've heard of them sending questionnaires or something to the references. But none of that gets done until after we pass the medical exam. As long as everything is submitted and accepted within the 21 days post AA, we should be good. When is your interview?

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Pepto in Miami, Florida

20 months ago

Army girl and Lee, my e86 got kicked back numerous times for small little details so don't be surprised if you go through a similar situation. I even got mine kicked back because the signatures were too light or because I didn't specified the last name suffix (ex: jr, sr, and so on). Go over your forms two or three times before submitting it, pay attention to every detail and when you feel you have gotten all information filled then you can submitt.

I personally don't know if they actually call contacts. None of my family members or people I put on my job were called as far as I know. Good luck :-)

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deedee426 in Atlanta, Georgia

20 months ago

Royal-T in Atlanta, Georgia said: ATL open again ; taking apps 9/4 - 9/7 only. Best regards.

Just Passed my AA again

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ArmyGirl in Auburn, Alabama

20 months ago

deedee426 in Atlanta, Georgia said: Just Passed my AA again

If you don't mind me asking, how many questions did they ask you?

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T. in Pensacola, Florida

20 months ago

ArmyGirl in Auburn, Alabama said: If you don't mind me asking, how many questions did they ask you?

A bunch. So many as a matter of fact, that my voice grew hoarse from all the talkin I was having to do.
And make no mistake, all these questions you see on these tso boards...were not asked. Only one of the questions you will find on here concerning the AA was asked.
So it is counter productive for you to try to rehearse and prepare to those questions. The best advice, and technique I can give you, is what worked for me, that I used to pass the AA. And that is simply to let WHATEVER they ask you trigger a successful work memory from your past. Using the trigger technique allows you to remain calm, and be assured that the next thought will come.

Thats important, because some of the people that were there with me, didn't pass the AA. When that happens, they politely escort them to the door. The person that was before me failed, and that made me nervous a little! Take the AA seriously---its not a cake walk. But if you use that simple technique---you will pass.
Those that were too nervous, to the point of not being able to talk coherently failed. Thats why you need a simple technique to help you manage the stress. Best wishes and good luck.

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ArmyGirl in Auburn, Alabama

20 months ago

Lee in Decatur, Georgia said: Hey ArmyGirl. I too am a little nervous about the e86 and airport assessment. I'm scheduled for the AA at ATL on Wednesday. I didn't submit my e86 yet, since I'm still waiting for some info from my parents, but I want to have it sent in before Wednesday. From what I've seen on these forums, they kick back the e86 for any sort of missing information, unless you explain the reasons for not having the info in those comment boxes. Even then, I'm not sure if they'll be satisfied with the explanation or not. I think I've heard of them sending questionnaires or something to the references. But none of that gets done until after we pass the medical exam. As long as everything is submitted and accepted within the 21 days post AA, we should be good. When is your interview?

Sorry, I happened to just notice this. Mine is Wednesday as well.

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21 Jump Street in Trenton, New Jersey

20 months ago

Lets keep it real recruits, it's a public forum, as such, we need to keep in mind OPSEC/PERSEC rules applies. Lets keep federal Gov't information on the down low.

Thank you

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T. in Pensacola, Florida

20 months ago

21 Jump Street in Trenton, New Jersey said: Lets keep it real recruits, it's a public forum, as such, we need to keep in mind OPSEC/PERSEC rules applies. Lets keep federal Gov't information on the down low.

Thank you

I think people in this forum are keeping the details on the "down low".
The purpose of this forum is to help each other best we can, so as a person can get a job in this great depression. That is 'keeping it real.'

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21 Jump Street in Trenton, New Jersey

20 months ago

T. in Pensacola, Florida said: I think people in this forum are keeping the details on the "down low".
The purpose of this forum is to help each other best we can, so as a person can get a job in this great depression. That is 'keeping it real.'

This much is real, OPSEC/PERSEC. I work for the Govt, and I'am trying to give you sound advice, I know OFFICERS who we're called out and worse from being on this forum, That's a fact. You do what you want.

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T. in Pensacola, Florida

20 months ago

21 Jump Street in Trenton, New Jersey said: This much is real, OPSEC/PERSEC. I work for the Govt, and I'am trying to give you sound advice, I know OFFICERS who we're called out and worse from being on this forum, That's a fact. You do what you want.

I believe you on that. My philosophy is that I'm not going to be on here at all, after I'm hired. So then, you have more nerve than I jumpstreet---just for being on here while employed by the Government.
I try to keep the details out when giving pointers. However, giving a pointer of how to change your state of mind, and manage stress is not classified information.

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Lee in Decatur, Georgia

20 months ago

ArmyGirl in Auburn, Alabama said: Sorry, I happened to just notice this. Mine is Wednesday as well.

Oh ok, hopefully we both will pass. I wasn't too nervous before, but after reading T.'s post, I am now.

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Lee in Decatur, Georgia

20 months ago

21 Jump Street in Trenton, New Jersey said: Lets keep it real recruits, it's a public forum, as such, we need to keep in mind OPSEC/PERSEC rules applies. Lets keep federal Gov't information on the down low.

Thank you

I'm sorry, where was there any federal gov't information disclosed in the recent posts?

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21 Jump Street in Trenton, New Jersey

20 months ago

I didn't say there was, I am saying to try to keep the information that's posted on these boards in OPSEC/PERSEC guild lines, especially newbies recruits, you don't want anything thrown back in you're face from an OPM operator at a later time-They will go over you're clearance during the on boarding process. "They will" CHECK OUT EVERYTHING, just looking out for the the new recruits who've NEVER been in the military or might NOT KNOW about TSA/DHS protcol..

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T. in Pensacola, Florida

20 months ago

Lee in Decatur, Georgia said: Oh ok, hopefully we both will pass. I wasn't too nervous before, but after reading T.'s post, I am now.

Hello Lee. Its wise to be fully aware of what you will be walking into. Just dress nice, shine them shoe...and use that stress management technique and you will do fine. I got to know the person that was before me, before the AA began, so I was deeply saddened that he didn't make it. I tried telling him and another guy before the AA began to just relax, I even prayed for them.
That sad experience is what prompted me to share this stress management pointer to begin with. God Bless, and best wishes.

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Pepto in Miami, Florida

20 months ago

I'm at the background investigation process now. It shows that the process was began on Oct. 31, 2012 so I'm waiting now to get on the ready pool. Woo I'm surprised that once onboard they'll reopen and go over my clearance again during this time. To the best of my knowledge I answered everything on that e86 form truthfully.

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DC in Hollywood, Florida

20 months ago

My background was started on October 22,2012. So, it's been about 3 weeks to the day.

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FLL Chica in Hollywood, Florida

20 months ago

While in training are weekends off?

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Lee in Decatur, Georgia

20 months ago

T. in Pensacola, Florida said: Hello Lee. Its wise to be fully aware of what you will be walking into. Just dress nice, shine them shoe...and use that stress management technique and you will do fine. I got to know the person that was before me, before the AA began, so I was deeply saddened that he didn't make it. I tried telling him and another guy before the AA began to just relax, I even prayed for them.
That sad experience is what prompted me to share this stress management pointer to begin with. God Bless, and best wishes.

You were right about that trigger technique. I passed my AA. Thanks for the tip!

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21 JUMP STREET in Cranbury, New Jersey

20 months ago

FLL Chica in Hollywood, Florida said: While in training are weekends off?

No recruit, you'll start out working a five day six hour work week, including weekends. You'll get bumped out of weekends from officers with seniority.

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Royal-T in Atlanta, Georgia

20 months ago

deedee426 in Atlanta, Georgia said: Just Passed my AA again

In background phase, best regards.

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FLL Chica in Hollywood, Florida

20 months ago

21 JUMP STREET in Cranbury, New Jersey said: No recruit, you'll start out working a five day six hour work week, including weekends. You'll get bumped out of weekends from officers with seniority.

I see... Thanks for the info.

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21 JUMP STREET in Cranbury, New Jersey

20 months ago

FLL Chica in Hollywood, Florida said: I see... Thanks for the info.

You'll do great, work and act like you're in a feferal position and doors will open up for you, once you have a full year of in service, the sky's the limit. Keep you're head screwed on straight and you're nose clean and you'll get first crack at other positions within the TSA/DHS or other agencies over civies. You are in fact a future federal officer. And everything starts there. Good luck.

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T. in Pensacola, Florida

20 months ago

Lee in Decatur, Georgia said: You were right about that trigger technique. I passed my AA. Thanks for the tip!

Well,... bless the Lord! Good deal!
You are more than welcome Lee.

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TKO in Revere, Massachusetts

20 months ago

Hi everyone! I just have 2 questions:

1) I took my medical/drug on 11/5, doc there said everything is "fine" for me. I received the email saying my medical/drug was received 11/8. How long does/would it take to receive and email saying you passed or are on medical hold?

2) During the drug test part I noticed there were 2 boxes. The one on the right was a glucose check. Does anyone know what the one on the left was checking?

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ArmyGirl in Eufaula, Alabama

20 months ago

Hey guys! As far as the medical, what would be considered a " no go" ???? Are they looking for major problems?

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TKO in Revere, Massachusetts

20 months ago

ArmyGirl in Eufaula, Alabama said: Hey guys! As far as the medical, what would be considered a " no go" ???? Are they looking for major problems?

I have heard people getting deinied because of asthma, back pain and depression. Just to name a few.

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21 JUMP STREET in Cranbury, New Jersey

20 months ago

Good morning recruits,

You'll get an email stating weather you passed you're medical or not within 14 days. The dis Q's are the same as the military, if you're on medication for dipression, bad back and lost time over a long periods of time does not look good for future employment, you know how it works, if there's a RED flag and you pop, you'll need to explain your past health issues, remember, red flags are not good.

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21 JUMP STREET in Cranbury, New Jersey

20 months ago

sorry for my grammer, I'm on the phone and it's a bumpy ride, lol.

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Triple M in Altamonte Springs, Florida

20 months ago

Hey guys,

I'm not sure if you went over this already, but how long did you background take to complete? Also, is there anybody in the central Fl area going through this process?

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Pepto in Miami, Florida

20 months ago

Just wanted to share I became eligible on the ready pool today Nov. 19, 2012. I assume now wait a call from local airport.

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