Thank you to Scot Snyder for inviting me to speak at the Troops 2Logistics Symposium this week. I believe that military experience is a great fit for a career in logistics.

Customs Broker qualifications came up in the discussion and it was noted that current federal government employees are not eligible to take the CBLE (Customs Broker License Exam). I wanted to check with CBP if this restriction applied to active duty military or reservists. I received a quick response from CBP Broker Management that the restriction does apply to both active duty military as well as reservists. This is somewhat surprising. As a former reservist I know that being able to serve part time while continuing in a civilian career is attractive to many people.

From: <>
Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2023 4:21 PM
Subject: broker requirements

Hello, I am an individually licensed broker and have a question. I know that employees of the US government are not eligible to become brokers. Does this apply to members of the military on active duty or to reservists?

Thank you

Mitch Kostoulakos, LCB


Date: April 13, 2023 at 21:35:52 EDT
Subject: RE: broker requirements

Yes, it does apply to active duty military and reserves.

Broker Management Branch

Office of Trade

U.S. Customs and Border Protection