To become a Drug Enforcement Administration agent, a candidate must obtain a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.95 or higher. He must also be admitted to the training academy by passing a rigorous selection process and must pass the 18-week training program.
- Earn a bachelor's degree
A bachelor's degree with a 2.95 GPA is the minimum educational requirement. Candidates with higher GPAs and advanced degrees have a higher chance of being selected. Preference is given to candidates with degrees in law, criminal justice, finance, accounting and telecommunications, and to those who speak certain foreign languages.
- Apply to the DEA
Only a small percentage of applicants are selected to enter the training program. The bachelor's degree requirement is waived for those with extensive law enforcement experience. The 2.95 GPA requirement can be waived for candidates in certain professions, such as accountants, engineers, evidence technicians, pilots, and maritime captains or first mates.
- Pass the 18-week training course
The DEA basic training school is located in Quantico, Virgiana. The course consists of physical and academic training. Physical training consists of marksmanship, deadly-force decision making, tactical shooting, use of ballistics protection and low-light targeting. Academic training includes lectures on federal, state, and international laws under which the DEA operates and legal frameworks that permit arrests and confiscation of property. Trainees also learn ethics, information systems, communications and international relations.