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Published Oct. 23, 2008

Are all FBI agents "special" agents or are some FBI agents not special?

All FBI agents are special agents. Qualified "new agent trainees" go through a rigorous training program at the FBI Academy. At graduation, they are sworn in as special agents. Of the more than 31,000 employees of the bureau, nearly 13,000 are called by this title. Special agents may gain additional titles, such as "supervisory special agent," if they move up the promotional path.