12 Hidden Secrets of The Secret Service

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Ever wonder what it’s like to be the ultimate fly-on-the-wall? To know the secrets of the nation’s most powerful individual, not just what they like on their pizza?

Welcome to the mystical and oh-so-clandestine world of the Secret Service. We’re about to spill the beans (or should we say, state secrets?) on these hush-hush heroes.

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Keeping the nation’s economy secure, they’re meticulously trained to spot the slightest hint of forgery down to that incorrect shade of green. Their mission includes combating counterfeiting, protecting against cyber financial crimes, and ensuring Uncle Sam’s coffers aren’t stolen.

They Practice Getting Shot

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In a rather extreme version of “practice makes perfect,” agents suit up in padded gear and play the part of a target.

The idea is to be well-prepared and not be caught off guard if such an unfortunate event materializes.

They Always Travel With Bags of the President’s Blood

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They carry a supply of the President’s blood type in case of an emergency transfusion. It’s all part of ensuring they’re not caught in a scramble for the right blood type if the worst happens.

They Go to the Bathroom With the President

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Secret Service agents are required to accompany the President… everywhere. According to the United States Secret Service’s protocol, the President should never be left alone for safety reasons. The agents are trained to be as non-intrusive as possible while effectively doing their job.

They Keep a Close Eye on the President’s Food

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To ensure the President’s food isn’t tampered with, the Secret Service closely monitors all meals prepared for the President, right down to the ingredients used. Even when dining out, a handful of Secret Service agents supervise the preparation process.

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It happened on April 14, 1865, a date that might ring a bell. Oddly enough, the day Lincoln signed legislation officially forming the Secret Service was the same day he was assassinated.

Initially, their primary responsibility was to combat the widespread counterfeiting of U.S. currency. Protecting the President? That came later, but we’ll get to that.

They Aren’t Just the President’s Personal Entourage

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Their responsibilities extend to protecting the Vice President, President-elect, Vice President-elect, and even former Presidents and their spouses.

Not only that, but they also safeguard visiting foreign heads of state and their families while they’re on U.S. soil.

They Can Have a Drug-related Past

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Let’s clarify a few things. According to the USSS website, prior usage of marijuana and certain other drugs may not disqualify you from service, but there are strict guidelines.

It all depends on the type of drug, the frequency of use, and how long ago the last usage occurred.

It’s Still Dominantly Male

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Today, according to the United States Secret Service’s official data, women form only 24% of the special agents and uniformed officers.

That’s less than a quarter of the workforce! Despite decades since women joined the ranks, the Secret Service still plays catch-up with gender diversity.

Becoming a Special Agent Isn’t Easy

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According to the United States Secret Service’s website, you’ll need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or three years of related work experience to get your foot in the door.

After that, you enjoy “gleeful” written exams, interviews, background checks, physical fitness tests, and medical examinations. And that’s to get on the list. Now imagine the actual training!

They Have a ‘No Visible Tattoo’ Policy

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Per the official USSS website, our seemingly tough-as-nails agents can’t flaunt ink. This isn’t your typical 9-to-5 dress code, but it ensures they maintain that impeccable, clean-cut image we all associate with the Secret Service.

Only One Secret Service Member Has Died While Protecting a President

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According to the United States Secret Service (USSS) website, Special Agent Leslie Coffelt is the lone figure in this sad statistic. On November 1, 1950, two Puerto Rican nationalists launched an assassination attempt on President Truman.

Despite sustaining critical injuries early in the firefight, Coffelt returned fire and fatally struck one of the assailants. He succumbed to his wounds later that day.

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    A computer science enthusiast with a keen interest in technology and games, Mitchelle (Mitch) contributes a cutting-edge perspective to the Frenz Hub writing team, integrating her academic knowledge with her personal passions

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