Friday, April 19, 2013

Q is for... Quantico

We're almost done with week 3 of the A to Z blog challenge!  How is everyone holding up?  Are you as tired as I am? :)

Today's letter is Q, and while this location technically isn't in D.C., I decided to use it anyway because my heroes are all FBI agents.

Quantico, Virginia is the location of the FBI Academy, as well as one of the largest Marine corps bases in the world, the site of DEA training, and NCIS headquarters.



In terms of the FBI, most training takes place at Quantico.  New agents must complete a 20-week program, focusing on academics, case studies, firearms training, evidence collection, and intelligence gathering. There are physical standards as well, and students must pass physical fitness tests to continue.  After graduation, FBI agents may periodically return to Quantico and the FBI Academy for additional specialized training.  They even have a citizen's academy, where civilians can learn a lot of the strategy and tactics behind investigations.  Makes me wish I lived in the area again :)

14 comments:

  1. And here I thought you'd focus on the Marine base.

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    1. I don't have any Marines in my books... yet ;)

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  2. I think my uncle may have been trained at Quantico.

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    1. Wha-?! How would he feel about a nerdy author fan-girling him in a shameless ploy for information? :)

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  3. I've always dreamed of being a badass and become one of these awesome agents, and getting to train at Quantico would be awesome BUT I'm suck a chicken even I laugh at me o.0

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    1. I know what you mean--don't you sometimes wonder what it would feel like to be awesome like that? Heck, I'd settle for being coordinated enough to *not* walk into my coffee table.

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  4. That's awesome! Like SK, I think that's always been a bit of a dream of mine, and even the civilian training sounds cool.
    Great Q!

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    1. I wish I'd known about it while I lived in the area--it's got to be amazing! :)

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  5. I'd love to go to the citizens academy!

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    1. Me too! Doesn't it sound great? :)

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  6. I'll always love Quantico because of "Silence of the Lambs," and how cool is that Q name anyway? It's just sounds powerful and secretive. Great choice! :-)

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    1. I'd forgotten the movie opens there--thanks for the reminder! :)

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  7. It sounds really exciting! I read Quantico and it rang a bell immediately. I loved NCIS.

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