Building a Secret Service Agent: It Ain’t Easy

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Yes, as you might expect, the training is rigorous, the requirements are tough.  Here’s the details.

By Laura Blumenfeld
Washington Post Sunday Magazine

LESSON ONE: Get Ready To Die

The teacher walks into the mat room.

“Good morning, Mr. Mixon,” the students say in unison.

“Cut that [expletive] out. Don’t act like you give a crap about my morning.”

Steve Mixon smiles, or maybe it’s a snarl. Before he became an instructor at the Secret Service training camp outside Washington, Mixon served as a team leader on President George W. Bush’s Counter Assault Team.

“Everyone’s going to leave today in some degree of pain,” Mixon tells the special agent trainees.

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