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Becoming a Secret Agent

Spies drive Ferraris, jet-set around the globe, party with models and billionaires, whip out their karate skills and use cool gadgets, right? Not quite - get the inside scoop on what it takes to be a spy!

Secret Agents - The Life of a Spy

Secret agents, or spies, work for the Central Intelligence Agency to uncover confidential information about hostile countries, usually regarding their military or naval affairs. While secret agents travel around the world to carry out dangerous missions, they're not always in the lap of luxury. Sometimes they get sent to really crappy places where there's no electricity or running water! Secret agents - the key word here being secret - can't reveal their identity or talk about their work, so they have to lie and tell everyone they're a truck driver or a spoon salesperson. So if you can't keep a secret, then you better have a back-up career choice.

Secret Agents - What It Takes

The CIA isn't like the circus - you can't just run off to join them. You need to have a college degree and earn a minimum 3.0 GPA. Any field of study can prepare you for the CIA, but they prefer computer science, engineering and economics. It also helps if you're fluent in another language, especially a hard-target language. What's a hard-target? Check out the glossary below!

Secret Agents - Talk the Talk

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to learn these spy terms.

  • Double Agent - An agent who works for two different governments, but gives false info to one of them.
  • Rabbit - The person who is being spied on.
  • Dead Drop - A secret location used to pass items and information between agents without having to meet.
  • Hard-Target Country - A country that's hard to spy on, like China, Russia and North Korea.
  • Cryptography - Changing information into a secret code so that unauthorized third parties can't read it.

Secret Agents - Did U Know?

  • As expected, a secret agent's salary is top-secret! But we've heard through the grapevine that it's not good, especially considering how risky the job is.
  • The most famous fictional secret agent is Bond, James Bond. Others include Austin Powers, Agent Cody Banks, Johnny English and Ethan Hunt from Mission: Impossible.
  • British actor Daniel Craig plays the latest 007 agent in Casino Royale - it opens in theaters on November 17, 2006!
  • Head to the official CIA website to get more info about becoming a spy. You can also take a personality quiz to find out if this is really the career for you!
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Fave Spy Flick?

  • Austin Powers.
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Abbergrl
Abbergrl posted in Family Issues:
My mom can be that way too. There's nothing like that, you're exagerating, you dont even know what you're talking about. When all tthaat time I was going through it. She didn't have a clue honestly.
reply about 14 hours
StarrChild
Two years ago my parents broke up. I was never really the same after that point. My mother she began to just not care about anything. She would go out clubbing every Friday and would yell at me for my attitude towards it. Why would I be okay with her doing that??? I didn't really realise it but I began feeling kind of depressed. Of course we didn't fight all the time but when we did I would always end up crying alone in my room. And it would be really painful. One time I cried every night for a week because of her. A week ago, I felt really sick at school so I went to the sick bay but my Mum refused to believe I was sick. She thought I was lying and being over dramatic as usual. I felt really horrible after that, that the teacher sent me to the guidance councellor and almost immediately I burst into tears. I didn't even know why I did but the councellor did a little test on me and came to the conclusion I was slightly depressed and had anxiety. It wasn't really surprising but hearing it out loud just felt really weird. Even after knowing that fact my mother doesn't really act any different. She's not a bad person I swear but she can just be really horrible at times. Anyways, that's technically whats been happening in my life lol. Nothing really interesting
reply about 15 hours
Froggers
theres this guy that i really REALLY like, im not sure if he likes me back. i put my mobile # on a piece of paper and slipped it in his locker, he hasn't texted or called me yet. Today at lunch i asked his friend to ask if he likes anyone but his friend keeps lying to me and won't tell me if he said anything. The guy and I were best friends in 5th grade but now that we're in different classes we don't talk much anymore. My friends said that i have a chance with him and that we have a lot in common, but im pretty sure he likes this other girl but im also pretty sure he likes me. I want to make a move but i don't wanna end our friendship i don't know what to do.
reply about 23 hours
LUCYQWERTY123
LUCYQWERTY123 posted in Friends:
it can be anyone u want but it should be someone who has the true friendship qualities and trust-worhtiness :) :)
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drowning
drowning posted in Friends:
It's good to have both to talk too about things. But, what's the point of being with someone if you can't trust them enough to even tell them things?
reply 1 day