In the first Men in Black movie, the Men in Black have a screening process to weed out potential problem agents, but in the first sequel J's partner T is clearly an idiot who doesn't know better than to provoke dangerous aliens (like 'Jeff', a large alien who lives under New York city)- how did someone like him get accepted as an MIB?

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    Stop using the standards of J & K. They are the best agents MiB has.
    – user931
    Commented Jun 23, 2022 at 3:36
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    Presumably, not all MiB agents are field agents. T might have been space TSA agent before they tried him in a field agent role.
    – jo1storm
    Commented Jun 23, 2022 at 10:10

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Presumably T was the best of the best of the best (with honours!) at the time that the MiB needed additional staff, given that J has neuralysed a bunch of previous candidates.

Imagine this recruitment scenario, except without K whispering in Zed's ear. They would have likely recruited Jake Jensen or one the other "ambitious recruits" that have been selected by their trawl of other agencies, noting that Jake here almost certainly has a 4.0 GPA, the equivalent of a masters degree, is a superb marksman, confident leadership style, strong physical fitness, etc. and would, under most normal circumstances make a prime candidate for agencies like the FBI or CIA.

AMBITIOUS RECRUIT: (loud and formal) Jake Jensen, West Point, graduate with honors. We're here because you're looking for the best of the best of the best, sir!

  • And this is exactly why K does whisper in Zed's ear. He's had to put up with the military recruits and knows they aren't really suitable.
    – Dragonel
    Commented Jun 23, 2022 at 20:26
  • @Dragonel - Sure, but J was probably too busy doing MiB stuff to sit in on the latest batch of recruitment, hence why his new partner is a putz
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 23, 2022 at 20:28

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