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‘NCIS’ Fans Raise Questions About Parker Joining as Special Agent

by Anna Dunn
“False Start” – NCIS investigates the death of a beloved Navy commander who trained some of the top athletes in the country, on the CBS Original series NCIS, Monday, Nov. 1 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Pictured: Wilmer Valderrama as NCIS Special Agent Nicholas “Nick” Torres, Gary Cole as FBI Special Agent Alden Parker. Photo: Michael Yarish/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Some NCIS fans are questioning how Parker joined the team as a special agent. NCIS is known for getting a lot of things right, but technical accuracies unfortunately might not exactly be one of them. The show sometimes has a plot point or detail that doesn’t line up with how something would work in real life. Some fans are wondering if the way Parker joined the team is one of them.

In a Reddit Thread titled “Parker transferring to NCIS,” one fan brings up the problem with the plot point.

“NCIS has always stayed true, for the most part, with the real NCIS agency. Just like with the FBI, one must be no older than 37 years of age to become an NCIS special agent, and one must retire at 57, though the director can extend that for a handful of years depending on various circumstances (hence why Gibbs lasted as long as he did),” the fan began. “Here’s what I’m wondering though. Parker got fired from the FBI, and Cole is 65, Parker himself may be younger, but clearly older than 60. Is it indeed possible that if you were a federal agent at one agency and are over 37, you can transfer to another despite being older than the max entry age?”

It’s an interesting question, but it looks like Parker’s circumstance was unique enough that it actually might stay true to the real world. At least according to one other fan.

“5 USC 3307 allows each LE agency head to determine max and min ages, and make exceptions. There is no set federal law. Generally age at time of hire cannot exceed 37, but there are exceptions. Military service for one,” one seemingly law-savvy fan wrote. “Military service is different. Federal law sets an age limit of 42. 32 CFR 66.6 sets this limit and each branch chief can lower those limits.”

So while it looks like the hiring of Parker is far from standard, there could be loopholes.

Parker became Head of the Team Following Mark Harmon’s Exit from ‘NCIS’

Gibbs left the team. Actor Mark Harmon has officially left his role as Gibbs on NCIS. When the team needed a new boss, Parker took the wheel. It may have been a harder transition if it weren’t for actor Gary Cole, who seems to make fans happy no matter what he’s in.

Seriously, it seems like production managed to find the perfect guy for this job.

Gibbs left in episode four of season 19 when he and McGee went to Alaska for a case. But once they were up there, Gibbs realized he didn’t want to leave and formally said his goodbyes. It was a sad moment for fans, but it wasn’t totally unexpected. It had been rumored that Mark Harmon was wanting to leave the series, but people were hoping the rumors were just rumors.

Regardless, the show must go on, and it looks like Gary Cole is doing a pretty good job as Parker. If you want to see how Cole is doing as the new boss, you can tune in to NCIS every Monday at 9/8 central on CBS.