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The attrition rate for Border Patrol Agents (BPA) in FY 2015 and FY 2016 was 5.5 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively. This means that CBP was required to hire approximately 1,000 new BPAs just to maintain current staffing levels. Given the current rate of BPA attrition, losses are currently outpacing gains, creating a downward staffing trend. A range of factors, including often less-than-desirable duty locations, have driven BPA attrition to the point where losses are significantly outpacing gains.
Mark A. Morgan, Carla Provost, Testimony of Mark A. Morgan, Chief, U.S. Border Patrol and Carla Provost, Deputy Chief, U.S. Border Patrol Before United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on “Initial Observations of New Leadership at the U.S. Bor (Washington: U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, November 30, 2016): 3 <http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/hearings/initial-observations-of-the-new-leadership-at-the-us-border-patrol>.