The Navy Enlisted Classification system (NEC) supplements the enlisted rating structure in identifying personnel on active or inactive duty. These codes assist in the assigning of billets and in manpower authorizations. NEC codes identify a non-rating-wide skill, knowledge, aptitude, or qualification that must be documented to identify people and billets for management purposes. If a Navy police officer receives specialized training in another position, they might be awarded a new NEC and the sailor could be assigned in both fields from that point onward.
An Example of NECs for Intelligence Specialists
A Navy intelligence specialist is an enlisted rating first created in 1975 to replace the photographic intelligenceman rating. The corresponding Navy NOS or Navy Occupational Specialist Code is B600.
NECs for the intelligence specialist community area include:
- IS-3910 Naval Imagery Interpreter (APPLIES TO: IS)
- IS-3912 Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Intelligence Specialist (APPLIES TO: IS)
- IS-3923 Strike Planning Applications (APPLIES TO: IS)
- IS-3924 Operational Intelligence (OPINTEL) Analyst (APPLIES TO: IS)
The "IS" designation indicates an intelligence specialist. A numeral appearing after an IS designation indicates the sailor's military rank, such as a 1 for a first-class petty officer. Officers in the U.S. Navy are not given these ratings.
What Does the Intelligence Specialist Do?
The term "intelligence" covers a good bit of ground that includes various types of information gathered about both existing and anticipated enemy forces, and this information is often classified.
Gathering information is the first step. Applying it is the second step. Not all intelligence turns out to be useful or germane. Some might be discarded as erroneous or inconsequential.
The third step is to integrate the information into tactical actions that might be taken. This is typically proceeded by circulating the intelligence among decisionmakers and other critical personnel.
Training and Other Requirements
Navy intelligence specialists must attend a 13-week training period at a Class "A" school followed by five to 13 weeks at a Class "C" school. These schools are in Dam Neck, Virginia.
The sailor's vision must be correctable to 20/20 and they must have normal color vision. Extensive computer and electronic communications knowledge are generally required.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Specific duties and responsibilities of this position include analyzing intelligence after it is gathered and recognizing whether the gathered information might be pertinent in the first place. This can mean sifting through copious amounts of data, photographs, and other evidence, and breaking it down into relevant and irrelevant categories. Intelligence must be saved in graphic formats that are easily accessible by other service members.
Disseminating intelligence reports often means organizing and attending briefings and presenting the information in that context, as well as maintaining databases for future reference.
Intelligence specialists typically work under the supervision of intelligence officers and can rise to that rank provided they have a four-year degree. They might be stationed aboard aircraft carriers or missile cruisers. However, they might also be posted at shore installations.
In either case, this is predominantly an office job other than in times of outright assault upon U.S. forces. In times of war or aggression, the intelligence specialist can be called upon to help defend his own or other ships.