When U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) opened a recruiting office at Fort Bragg in August 2018, the recruiters knew they would impact transitioning Soldiers, but they never anticipated the overwhelming response they received.
During the 45 days the office was open, CBP recruiters contacted more than 1,200 applicants through briefings and individual appointments, according to Bob Graczyk, a Supervisory Customs and Border Protection Officer. The office has now extended CBP’s stay and will remain at the installation until Dec. 20.
“Many of our servicemembers were unfamiliar with the many career opportunities that CBP has to offer our transitional service members,” Graczyk said. “Our veterans gain valuable knowledge, skills, and abilities while serving our country in our military. Because of the structure, sound judgment, and teamwork they acquired, they are valuable assets to continue serving our country. They also can come to U.S. Customs and Border Protection at a higher rate of pay and a shorter hiring process because of their service.”
Veterans comprise approximately 28 percent of CBP’s workforce, and disabled veterans comprise approximately 6 percent. Veterans are also afforded an expedited application process, often getting hired in less than a year.
CBP first opened the office at Fort Bragg in August 2018 as part of a Special Emphasis Recruitment Team, focusing on recruiting transitioning servicemembers through event-based outreach. While one-on-one contact works for many people, Graczyk also encourages interested servicemembers to visit the CBP website, or download the “CBP JOBS” app to their phones.
“This will assist with the application process because it has resources like study guides, videos, and other assistance for the applicant,” he said. “This will track your progress through the hiring process.”