Boot camp for U.S. Border Patrol agents

President Trump has pledged to add an additional 5,000 agents to the existing Border Patrol force of more than 21,000 as part of his border security policy. All new agents must complete a months-long training course at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy in Artesia, New Mexico before assuming their posts at Border Patrol stations, mostly along the U.S.-Mexico border. All new agents receive a boot-camp style introduction to their training course. Instructors forbid new trainees from setting luggage down, as part of procedures for new arrivals. They are fitted with uniforms, must complete physical training classes, take weapons training, climb obstacle courses and practice take-down procedures before heading to their new posts. (Getty Images)

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New trainees arrive

Veteran trainees watch as new agents carry their luggage upon their arrival to the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 2, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

New arrivals carry their luggage

U.S. Border Patrol trainees carry their luggage after their initial arrival to the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 2, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

New arrivals carry their luggage

U.S. Border Patrol trainees carry their luggage after their initial arrival to the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 2, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

An instructor yells at trainees

A U.S. Border Patrol instructor yells at trainees after their initial arrival to the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 2, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

New arrivals run

U.S. Border Patrol trainees run upon their initial arrival to the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 2, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

An instructor yells at a trainee

A U.S. Border Patrol instructor yells at a new trainee run upon her initial arrival with fellow agents to the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 2, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

A trainee is fitted for a uniform

A new U.S. Border Patrol trainee is fitted for a uniform at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 3, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

Trainees wait to be fitted for uniforms

New U.S. Border Patrol trainees wait to be fitted for uniforms at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 3, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

Trainees try on boots

New U.S. Border Patrol trainees try on boots while being fitted for uniforms at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 3, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

Trainees sweat during class

U.S. Border Patrol trainees sweat during a physical training class at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 3, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

Trainees run

U.S. Border Patrol trainees run during a physical training class at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 3, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

A trainee completes an obstacle course

A trainee completes an obstacle course at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 2, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

Trainees are timed racing

U.S. Border Patrol trainees run during a physical training class at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 3, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

A trainee runs an obstacle course

A U.S. Border Patrol trainee runs an obstacle course at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 3, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

A trainee climbs a ladder

A U.S. Border Patrol trainee climbs an obstacle course ladder at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 3, 2017 in Artesia,N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

A trainee climbs over a wall

A U.S. Border Patrol trainee climbs over an obstacle course wall at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 3, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

Trainees walk in formation

U.S. Border Patrol trainees walk in formation after a physical training class at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 3, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

A trainee makes a mock arrest

A new U.S. Border Patrol agent handcuffs a woman during a training scenario at the Border Patrol Academy on August 2, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

A mock U.S.-Mexico border fence

A mock U.S.-Mexico border fence stands inside the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 3, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

Trainees practice take-down procedures

New U.S. Border Patrol agents practice take-down procedures at the Border Patrol Academy on August 2, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

Spanish class at the academy

A new Border Patrol agent attends a Spanish class at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 2, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

Trainees attend a Spanish class

New U.S. Border Patrol agents attend a Spanish language class at the Border Patrol Academy on August 2, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

Take-down practice

A trainee practices take-down procedures with fellow agents at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 2, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

Weapons training class

U.S. Border Patrol trainees fire M-4 rifles during a weapons training class at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 3, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

Weapons training class

U.S. Border Patrol trainee Stevany Shakare, 24, takes part in a weapons training class at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 3, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. Shakare immigrated to Michigan with her family from Iraq in 2004, fleeing violence after the U.S. invasion. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

A target during weapons training class

A target stands during a weapons training class at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 3, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

A trainee fires his M-4 rifle

A U.S. Border Patrol trainee fires his M-4 rifle during a weapons training class at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 3, 2017 in Artesia, New Mexico. N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

A trainee grabs a handful of bullets

A U.S. Border Patrol trainee grabs a handful of bullets before loading his magazine at a weapons training class at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 3, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

Trainees fire M-4 rifles

U.S. Border Patrol trainees fire M-4 rifles during a weapons training class at the U.S. Border Patrol Academy on August 3, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

T-shirts at the souvenir shop

T-shirts await sale in a souvenir shop at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center on August 2, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

Shot glasses at the souvenir shop

Shot glasses await sale in a souvenir shop at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center on August 2, 2017 in Artesia, N.M. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)