Job-seeking military veterans are invited to continue protecting and serving our nation by joining forces with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS is actively recruiting and accepting applications for U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBPO) from now until April 30. Duty locations range throughout the country, including Alaska and Hawaii, though most of the available positions are in the Southwest.

Primary responsibilities for a CBPO include preventing terrorists and their weapons from entering the United States; keeping illegal immigrants from crossing U.S. borders; and screening incoming or returning travelers and their personal items for health hazards and harmful or illegal substances.

Not long after she took office, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano made a pledge to The American Legion that her agency, of which customs and border protection is a part of, would make a concerted effort to recruit veterans. At the time, Napolitano — an American Legion Auxiliary Girls State alum — noted that employment as a customs and border patrol officer would be highly suitable for many veterans, especially those with military law enforcement experience.

Apply for a CBPO job online at and learn more about the position’s job duties, as well as qualifications and requirements for employment.