By Alicia Neaves
In just the past three years, the number of undocumented females crossing the border has risen 173%. Due to the non-stop activity on the border, U.S. Border Patrol is seeking more agents. More specifically, females.
"I was an outdoors person. I liked ATV's, I liked horses, I was raised in the country and people were getting paid to do what I did for fun?" Melody Munn, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent in the Training Division of the Big Bend Sector, said.
U.S. Border Patrol is calling all women to try a career in federal law enforcement, filling positions exclusively for female agents.
"It's all part of a national strategy of becoming more diversified," Munn said.
Females make up five percent of Border Patrol agents nationwide. In the Big Bend Sector, females account for just three percent.
"We go through the same screening as men, we go through the same academy as the men do, we go through the same training and our jobs are the same. We have the same opportunities," Munn said.
Earlier in 2014, a border surge called for more help, sending more law enforcement to the South Texas border.
"I think the most rewarding part is knowing we have something to do with protecting America. The criminal element that comes in, a lot of people don't see that part of it," Munn said.
Salaries start at $40,000 per year. The application process includes a written exam, medical screenings, a fitness test, polygraph test and an oral interview.
In the last open recruiting effort by Border Patrol, 15% of applicants were women.
The deadline to apply is Wednesday, December 10.
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