Chaffetz Was Rejected by the Secret Service

Here's one you probably didn't see coming. Rep. Jason Chaffetz once applied to, and was rejected by, the Secret Service.

The Daily Beast has the story that Chaffetz  tried to join the Secret Service following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but he was rejected because he was too old.

“I haven’t looked at that in more than a decade. It’s not something that’s entered my mind…seriously, this was like 10 minutes, 12 years ago,” he said.

In 2003, around the time Chaffetz applied, the Secret Service application form was some 50 pages long.

The congressmen said he was motivated to apply because “it was just after 9/11.” He applied for the Secret Service through a field office.

Early on in the process, he received a “BQA” letter, a rejection letter that explained he was rejected because there were better qualified applicants at the time. A BQA is a generic rejection that can take place at various points of the application process. Chaffetz said he was never given a physical test by the Secret Service.