All noncombat jobs in the military offer some form of support to the combat units. Military Intelligence (MI) is an important job that requires a thorough understanding of foreign cultures and languages, as well as analytical skills to assess the military capabilities of other countries.
Intelligence Analysts and Officers use the information to determine changes in enemy capabilities, vulnerabilities, and probable courses of action. The Intelligence Analyst is primarily responsible for supervising, coordinating and participating in the analysis, processing, and distribution of strategic and tactical intelligence.
Qualifying for Army MOS 35
Intelligence analysts take 10 weeks of basic combat training and 16 weeks of advanced individual training with on the job instruction. In order to qualify, candidates need a score of 101 on the Skilled Technical segment of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.
Duties of Army Military Intelligence Analysts
Members of the intelligence community interpret and prepare intelligence to support combat commanders. While it sounds like this job would involve a lot of spy-movie stuff, a lot of the work is very complex and time-consuming.
Intelligence support staff assist in establishing and maintaining systematic, cross-referenced intelligence records and files, receive and process incoming reports and messages, and assist in determining the significance and reliability of incoming information.
Here are the Army MOS's (military occupational specialties) that fall into the Military Intelligence Field:
- 35F - Intelligence Analyst: Prepares sensitive information and assists in establishing and maintaining systematic, cross-referenced intelligence records and files.
- 35G - Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst: Uses photography and electronic, mechanical, and optical devices to obtain information from imagery. Obtains intelligence by studying and analyzing pictures and videos.
- 35L - Counter Intelligence Agent: The Counterintelligence (CI) Agent conducts investigations to detect and counter terrorist threats. The agent identifies and counters activities of any foreign adversary that poses a threat to Army forces. The agent also provides counterintelligence reports, estimates, threat assessments, and vulnerability.
- 35M - Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Collector: Conducts source operations, interrogations and debriefings to collect time-sensitive information about enemy forces.
- 35N - Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Analyst: Performs analysis and reporting of foreign communications and non-communications and relays that information by producing combat, strategic and tactical intelligence reports.
- 35P - Cryptologic Linguist: Primarily responsible for identifying foreign communications using signals equipment. This role is crucial as the nation’s defense depends largely on information that comes from foreign languages.
- 35Q - Cryptologic Network Warfare Specialist: Performs cryptologic digital analysis to establish target identification and operational patterns and identifies, reports, and maintains intelligence information.
- 35S - Signals Collector/Analyst: Exploits non-voice communications and other electronic signals and provides intelligence reports and primarily responsible for performing the detection, acquisition, location, and identification of foreign electronic intelligence.
- 35T - Military Intelligence Systems Maintainer/Integrator: Primarily responsible for maintaining and integrating intelligence gathering systems, computers, and networks used by military intelligence (MI) soldiers.
- 35X - Intelligence Senior Sergeant/Chief Intelligence Sergeant: Supervises intelligence surveillance, collection, analysis, processing, and distribution activities at the group, division, corps, Army, and comparable or higher echelons.
- 35Y - Counter-Intelligence/Human Intelligence Senior Sergeant: Supervises the collection, processing, development, and dissemination of counterintelligence, counter-signals intelligence, and human intelligence information.