Many transitioning veterans may not realize it, but the skills acquired in the military, especially within special operations and combat arms, are highly valued by American federal law enforcement agencies.

Agencies like the FBI, DEA, ATF, Customs and Border Patrol, and the Secret Service already give 10-point veterans preference to applicants with military service, bumping you up in consideration for jobs, but they also take into consideration the intangible qualities associated with careers in special operations and combat focused specialties.

With the FBI, not only will your status as a veteran earn you extra points towards securing an interview and job offer, but they want special operators or those with combat experience to apply and try out for the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team. So much so, that they have created a “Tactical Recruitment Program” that screens qualified applicants to be able to attend the HRT selection ahead of regular FBI Special Agents.

The Tactical Recruitment Program is no guarantee to serve on HRT, but should you complete the FBI application process and become a Special Agent, you will have a guaranteed slot for selection.