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The U.S. Border Patrol Academy graduated Class 1083 this week, marking an end of an era. Class 1083 is the last class to graduate from the long-standing 66-day Academy.

As part of the 66-day Academy, new agents were able to test out of the Spanish program, enabling Border Patrol to quickly deploy agents into the field. As of now, all incoming classes will be part of the newly-instituted 117-day Academy curriculum, which better prepares incoming agents in all facets of training.

The new curriculum integrates the Spanish program throughout the entire 117 days, making it possible for the new agents to gain a better working knowledge of the Spanish language.

This most recent graduating class, joined by their friends and family, was honored for their hard work and dedication.

“The new agents are ready to use their training to serve their country in true Border Patrol fashion, which embodies the long-held saying, ‘Honor First,’” said TOS Juan Di Bella.

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