11 Amazing Little-Known Facts About the Secret Service

By: Dr. Adam Yoga

The United States Secret Service is shrouded in mystery and myths. Who are these strict people in black costumes? In movies, they wear sunglasses with dark lenses and have earpieces. But you’d hardly recognize them in real life if you met them.

11. There are more of them than we think.

If we speak about the Secret Service, we often think about 100 (or even less) elite soldiers. In fact, there are around 6,500. In addition, there are those who work for the personal protection unit.

10. There are 3 service phases.

Agents are not involved in fieldwork at first. They have to work at the office for 3 years if they want to face challenging tasks (this phase lasts for 4-7 years). In the final phase, an agent is promoted to a higher position or returns to office work.

9. They are trained to throw themselves in front of bullets and survive in water.

Before any important event, the Secret Service envisages and rehearses all possible scenarios of murder attempts and shootouts. They use bullets specifically made for these training sessions. All agents also undergo a skills development course every 8 weeks.

8. They are ready to provide first aid

Every agent has basic medical skills and is ready to keep calm in a critical situation to save someone’s life before an ambulance arrives or before they arrive at the hospital. Each president’s route is thoroughly researched so that a hospital is always 10 minutes away.

7. They always have presidential blood with them.

Agents are always ready to use their medical skills and perform a blood transfusion if needed. They always carry some extra blood for the president so as not to take chances with donors.

6. Mount Weather isn’t a myth

There is an underground bunker in the mountain that is used to hide one government representative during an event where all other state officials gather. So if terrorists decide to slaughter the top tier of the government, they will probably fail.

5. Presidents have code names too

The Secret Service uses code names for presidents for real — it’s not a Hollywood fantasy. They often use names beginning with the same letter for one family. For example, Barack Obama was Renegade, his wife was Renaissance, and their daughters were Radiance and Rosebud.

4. They participate in the president’s hobbies

As the president can’t stay alone, agents have to participate in everything in his life. Mr. President, do you want to go for a morning run? No problem, we will go with you. Do you want to take up hiking? We’re in. Do you want to try skateboarding? Well, you know…

3. There is only one agent who was killed in the line of duty.

If an agent sacrifices their life for the president, they do it voluntarily. Actually, there was only one case in history when a Secret Service officer died: Leslie Coffelt was killed on November 1, 1950, while defending Harry Truman.

2. The Secret Service was established on the day Lincoln was killed.

It was Hugh McCulloch, the Secretary of the Treasury, who suggested establishing the Secret Service. He presented his idea to Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865. Later that night, the president went to a theatre where he was shot in the head.

1. Their hands are always ready.

If you have a closer look at agents in photos, you’ll notice that their hands are always at their waist. Their finger position may differ, but the meaning is always the same: the agents are ready to react quickly and raise their weapons.

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