While we know the secret service protects the president, there’s a lot more that goes into the job. We may have an idea of what they do because of tv shows and movies give them a fictionalized look into their life. Here are 5 interesting things to note about secret service agents.
Personal Life Can Get Complicated
Agents may be gone for a month or so at a time. It can make it hard to build relationships and even complicate a marriage with kids.
They Have to Be in Tip Top Shape
They may go through years of training to become an agent, but they have to maintain a good fitness regimen. From physical challenges to different blood, hearing, and vision tests, they need a sound bill of health to pursue this type of career.
Can Perform “10-Minute Medicine”
Remember that shot and makeshift procedure that James Bond did on himself when he was poisoned in “Casino Royale”? Well, think about how a secret service agent can help save a president’s life long enough to get to a medical professional.
It’s Common to Get Burned Out
Secret service agents do get overworked. While people look at them as machines and “superheroes”, they’re human just like anyone else. It’s a high-stress job with shifts lasting as long as 24 hours.
Tons of Prep Work Involved
They go through two years of investigative cases. Also, ex-military and special forces do this type of training to sharpen their skills.