The New Agents' Training Unit (NATU) coordinates
17 weeks of instruction at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. New
Agent Trainees (NATS) are exposed to three components of curriculum
involving the following areas:
- Investigative / Tactical
The above three components total 643.5 hours
of instruction, which are spread over four major concentrations:
- Operational Skills
- The Integrated Case Scenario
NATS must pass 9 academic examinations, with
a score of 85% or better, in the following disciplines:
- Legal (2 exams)
- Behavioral Science
- Basic and Advanced Investigative Techniques (2 Exams)
- Forensic Science
Physical Training Test (PT test) is administered to each NAT during
the first, seventh, and 14th week of training. A minimum of 12 points
(at least 1 point must be scored in each of the four events as well),
out of a possible 40, is required to pass each PT test. The four events
that are tested are: 1) sit-ups, 2) 300 meter run 3) push-ups, and 4)
a one and half mile run. A fifth event, the pull-up, is also administered
during each test. This event is being utilized for study purposes.
NATS are also required to pass a Defensive Tactics (DT) test as well.
The DT test focuses on grappling and boxing, handcuffing, control holds,
searching subjects, weapon retention, and disarming techniques.
Each NAT must qualify twice with the Bureau
issued handgun, and once with the shotgun. To qualify, a NAT must shoot
80% or better on two of three qualification courses with the pistol,
as well as a cumulative score of 80% on all three qualifications. The
NAT must also demonstrate familiarity with the Bureau sub-machine gun.
NATs will fire between 3,000 - 5,000 rounds of ammunition during their
17 weeks of training.
engaged in the aforementioned training, the NATS are given a case to
investigate which will culminate in the arrest of multiple subjects.
The investigation mirrors what they will experience in the field, since
it is conducted at Hogan's Alley, a mock city built especially for practical
exercises. The NATS conduct interviews, perform surveillance, and put
to use the street survival techniques taught by the instructors at Hogan's
NATU is staffed by Supervisory Special Agents
that serve as class supervisors. They are assisted by two Special Agents,
referred to as Field Counselors. These Field Counselors are Special
Agents from the 56 Field Divisions throughout the Bureau, who have volunteered
to spend 17 weeks at the FBI Academy. During these 17 weeks the NATU
staff evaluates each NAT as to their suitability to be a Special Agent
of the FBI.
Graduation from the FBI Academy is
determined by the following criteria:
- successful completion of the training
- adherence to the FBI Core Values
The FBI Core Values are:
- rigorous obedience to the Constitution
of the United States
- respect for the dignity of all those
- uncompromising personal and institutional