Strange Requirements to Join the US Secret Service


If you’ve seen our first video on the Secret Service then you know they were originally created to deal with financial crimes. After the whole Abraham Lincoln debacle, the Secret service expanded to include protection of government officials. Yet, there’s more to it than simply wearing a black suit and looking tough. In fact, it can get strange at times. From applying, to training, to meeting the personal demands of POTUS, these are definitely some strange requirements to join the service.

Most jobs involve an application, interview and probationary period. Not the Secret Service. This organization has upwards of nine steps before you get in. In fact, some agents report that you need to hide rather serious injuries and pain if you want to make it through training. Protecting the President can be a prestigious position but it also comes with some embarrassing and disgusting downsides which we’ll tell you about. If you’re still interested in joining then just know that it isn’t a requirement that you are in law enforcement. Once in, your training could vary from weeks on end to a few minutes every once in awhile. A big requirement to join the Secret Service is that you’re willing to give up your family and social life – almost completely. What other job demands that? Some postings also require that you not only be in great shape, but that you be capable of exercising alongside the President in rain, shine or 100 degree weather. Strangely, you could take a job with the Secret Service and never spend a second guarding VIPs. Instead, you may find yourself searching through credit fraud and counterfeit cases. In addition to guarding the President, some agents have been used as near-henchmen to lay the smack down on paparazzi who took pictures they weren’t supposed to. Finally, an agent almost has to become a best-bro of the President. Always looking out for the wife and making sure POTUS doesn’t get caught with his pants down – literally!