Military Police Fire Border Patrol 


​Conduct your ASVAB. This is a test that helps tell your strengths and jobs that you qualify for Reach out to a recruiter to schedule this. 


Otherwise, you will need your high school diploma or GED in order to graduate so be sure to finish school. Your criminal record and your physical fitness matter!

To join the...You must:

Air Force

  • Be between the ages of 17-27. *

  • Have no more than two dependents.

  • Pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude test. (Minimum AFQT Score: 50)


  • Be between the ages of 17-34. *

  • Have no more than two dependents.

  • Pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude test. (Minimum AFQT Score: 31)

Coast Guard

  • Be between the ages of 17- 39*

  • Have no more than two dependents.

  • Pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test. (Minimum AFQT Score: 45)

  • Have a willingness to serve on or around the water.


  • Meet exacting physical, mental, and moral standards.

  • Be between the ages of 17-29. *

  • Pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test. (Minimum AFQT Score: 32)

  • Women are eligible to enlist in all occupational exception of combat arms specialties: infantry, tank and amphibian tractor crew.


  • Be between the ages of 17-34. *

  • Pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. (Minimum AFQT Score: 50)

  • Women are eligible to enlist in all occupational fields, with the exception of serving in the Navy Seals or on submarines.

Border Patrol 

There are three levels in the border patrol. 

GL5: need experience, education, or a combination

GL7: specialized experience, graduate education, combination of experience and education, superior academic achievement

GL9: Specialized Experience ​

Visit the website below to learn what counts as experience and what these three levels entail. 


This job is something that San Diego has many openings in! You can join a cadet program in high school to guide you along this path!

67% of candidates in 2016 in San Diego who did not get this job was due to lack of experience. The cadet program could help you gain the needed experience. 


What are the minimum requirements for police recruits?
For the entry level position for the San Diego Police Department; applicants must be at least 20 years old the day of the written test. You must be a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident alien with an application for U.S. citizenship; and you must possess at least a high school diploma from a US high school or a G.E.D.

What types of questions are on the written test?
The 100-question multiple-choice written test covers reading and writing skills at a high school level. Other sections include decision making, reading comprehension and checking ability.

How long does the hiring process take?
The process can take approximately 3 to 4 months. 

What will disqualify an applicant during a background investigation?
Any felony convictions as a juvenile or an adult, and any misdemeanor domestic violence convictions will automatically disqualify an applicant. 

How long is the Police Academy training program?
The police academy is a six-month college course. Two-thirds of the Academy is academics, and one-third of the Academy is physical training.

Is the academy a live-in, high stress environment?
Academy hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with recruits going home at the end of each day. It is not structured as a high-stress academy. Teamwork is highly encouraged.

How much running is required in the academy?
Recruits will be required to run at least 3 1/2 miles each day at the start of the academy. By the end of academy training, recruits will be running up to 7 miles a day several times a week.

What happens when I graduate from the academy?
Upon graduation, Police Recruits are promoted to Police Officers and will be scheduled for an additional four-month training program with a Field Training Officer. Once training is complete, new officers will be assigned to one of eight area commands. The location and work schedule will be determined according to the needs of the Department.

Will I be paid while attending the academy?
San Diego Police Department Recruits will be paid while attending the academy and are considered City of San Diego employees

Will a four year degree allow me to start as a detective?
All new Officers will begin their careers in the patrol division. Four years after Academy graduation, Officers are eligible to apply for an investigative position. A college degree could help obtain that position.

Do I have to work the jail system prior to working the streets?
No. San Diego Police Officers do not staff any of the jail facilities.

How long will it be before I can work a specialized assignment?
After three to four years in a patrol assignment, officers are eligible to apply for other specialized assignments. Examples of these assignments include; SWAT, Canine Handler and Motor Officer.


Here are the jobs available in the San Diego Fire Department:



Opportunities Include:


Related Opportunity:

  • Lifeguard Services: 18 years of age or older, American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response (EMR) Certificate, American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers OR American Heart Association CPR/AED for Healthcare Providers Certificate, Certificate of completion for the Miramar College Introduction to Open Water Lifeguarding course (San Diego Regional Lifeguard Academy) dated within the last two years.

According to San Diego Workforce partnership research, it is very hard to acquire a job as a firefighter. They report that 30 positions will open a year and 6,000 applications are approximately turned in each year! A great way to get a leg up in the pool is to join the cadet program in high schooL!

Liberty Charter High School

8425 Palm Street

Lemon Grove, CA 91945