Any Dopers been in the U.S. Secret Service? How about a family member? Anyone with firsthand knowledge?
When the President makes a prolonged outdoor appearance (speech, rally, etc., I’ve been to one (Reagan, Charlotte N.C.)), in addition to the obvious Secret Service detail around him I have seen guys walking the rooftops and I could’ve sworn they were carrying rifles (obviously “friendlies”). What are they? Are they Sharpshooters? Snipers? (By the way, what’s the difference?)
Can anyone give me information about this job (sharpshooter, specifically)? I’m interested in things like…. What kind of background do they generally have (criminal justice degree, like law enforcement? maybe some military?)? Do people make a career of this? Or maybe, make a career in the Secret Service and “sharpshooter” is just one possible assignment?
And specifically, what’s the pay scale for a job like that? What’s the general pay scale for the Secret Service detail around the Pres? Is this classified info? Someone, somewhere must know someone who’s been in this line of work.
Do Secret Service guys (and women) aspire to the Pres detail? Why? More prestigious (than bailing Jenna’s drunk boyfriend out of jail)? Is there anything “higher” in pecking order than the Pres detail?
What training do Secret Service agents get? They are supposed to “take a bullet” for the Pres, right? How exactly does the S.Service measure this attribute in a candidate? “Loyalty”? “Willing to die for country”?
I looked through the Treasury/Secret Service website, but still have questions (above).
Without revealing any state secrets, what’s the Dope?