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United States Marshal Series 0082

United States Marshal Series, 0082

Individual Occupational Requirements

Education and Experience

The following table shows the amounts of education and/or experience required to qualify for positions covered by this standard.

GS-5 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree 3 years, 1 year of which was equivalent to at least GS-4 None
GS-7 1 full academic year of graduate education or law school


superior academic achievement
None 1 year equivalent to at least GS-5
GS-9 None None 1 year equivalent to at least GS-7
GS-11 None None 1 year equivalent to at least GS-9
GS-12 and above None None 1 year equivalent to at least next lower grade level

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.


Undergraduate Education: Major study -- any field.

Graduate Education: Graduate study or law school education related to law enforcement, e.g., police science, is creditable for positions at GS-7 and below only.



General Experience (for GS-5 positions): Experience that demonstrated:

  • Tact and ability to meet and deal with a wide variety of persons in all walks of life;
  • Ability in oral expression;
  • Ability to make decisions and act quickly under stress;
  • Problem-solving ability; and
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise reports.

Examples of qualifying general experience include:

  • Work involving the correctional treatment and supervision of criminal offenders in correctional institutions.
  • Classroom or volunteer teaching, instructing, or counseling.
  • Sales work that involved determining customer requirements and matching customer needs with available merchandise.
  • Interviewing that involved making determinations on individual requests for services, benefits, etc., and explaining, interpreting, and applying rules, regulations, and procedures.
  • Work involving contacts with the public for the purpose of gathering information, such as credit rating investigator, claims adjuster, journalist, etc.
  • Other experience that demonstrated decision-making and leadership ability.

Specialized Experience (for positions above GS-5): Responsible law enforcement experience that required the exercise of tact, courtesy, and the ability to deal effectively with associates, subordinates, the public, and prisoners. Specialized experience may have been gained in work such as criminal investigation or other law enforcement work that included planning and carrying out investigations, planning and making arrests, serving court orders, using firearms, and dealing with people in a persuasive, tactful, and resourceful manner. This experience should have provided a knowledge of the law and court precedents as they relate to such matters as search and seizure, making arrests, and using firearms.

Test Requirements

Refer to Section V of this Manual for information about test requirements.

Drivers License

Applicants must possess a valid driver's license at the time of appointment.

Employment Interview

In addition to meeting the requirements described above, applicants must demonstrate in a pre-employment interview that they possess the personal characteristics necessary for successful performance in Deputy U.S. Marshal positions.

Medical Requirements

Specific medical requirements have been established by the Department of Justice, United States Marshals Service for Deputy U.S. Marshal positions.  Information about these requirements may be obtained directly from the agency.

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