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Success Story: Gavin O.

Success Story: Gavin O.

After his military service, Marine Corps Veteran Gavin O. aimed to serve, federally. Recently, he graduated from the Customs and Border Protection Academy. After his graduation, Gavin wrote to UWS and said, “Thank you for all of your help over the last six years.” We are proud of Gavin and his accomplishments!

About the Customs and Border Protection Academy

According to, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the federal law enforcement agency responsible for providing border security for the nation. The CBP Officer Basic Training Academy is located at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia. The 89-day program is focused on operational effectiveness, enhanced enforcement tools and tactics, and building capacities as to ensure border security and prevent terrorism. CBP officer training includes 105 hours of practical exercise training, classroom time, and interactive scenarios. New trainees must pass seven practical exercise tests, 8 written examinations, and 23 graded practical exercises. All new border patrol agents receive training at the CBP Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, New Mexico. The training program, which is 58 days long, includes instruction in integrated law, physical training, firearms instruction, and driving. Trainees not fluent in Spanish must also attend a 40-day task-based language training program, where the courses include nationality law, immigration law, applied authority, operations, and firearm training.