Despite their well-earned reputation for being rough-and-tumble front-line troops, Marines still rely on the collection and analysis of intelligence to help their missions succeed. Air intelligence officers are tasked with overseeing the collection of sensitive information via Marine aircraft and acting accordingly.
This military occupational specialty (MOS) is categorized as MOS 0207, Air Intelligence Officer. These Marines serve as the intelligence experts at all command levels of the Marine Air Wing (MAW). This is not an entry-level MOS; it is open to Marines between the ranks of captain and second lieutenant.
Duties of MOS 0207
In the Marines, air intelligence officers analyze gathered intelligence information and take or recommend action based on this information. These officers can take responsive actions when they receive approval from superior officers.
They are responsible for the planning, deployment and tactical employment of air reconnaissance units, and plan for operations in nuclear, biological, chemical defense and other warfare environments. They are additionally responsible for their unit's communications capabilities, operational logistics, and maintenance.
This is not an entry-level MOS; it is open to Marines between the ranks of captain and second lieutenant.
Qualifying for MOS 0207
For this job, since you'll be handling highly sensitive information, you have to obtain a top-secret security clearance from the Department of Defense, and be eligible for access to sensitive compartmented information.
You'll be required to submit to a single scope background investigation (SSBI), which will involve checks of your finances and character. A history of alcohol or drug abuse may disqualify you from this job.
You must be a lieutenant to be assigned this job as a primary MOS. Officers assigned to this MOS will retain it as an additional MOS following completion of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Intelligence Officers Course and re-designation as a 0202 MAGTF Intelligence officer.
You must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for this job.
If you've served in the Peace Corps, you're ineligible for most U.S. government intelligence jobs. This is to protect the integrity of the Peace Corps and its mission, whose personnel often travel into areas in conflict with the United States. If foreign enemies believed Peace Corps volunteers were collecting intelligence for the U.S., it could be dangerous for them.
Training for Marine Air Intelligence Officers
As part of your preparation for this job, you'll take the Air Intelligence Officers Course at the Center for Information Dominance (CID), in Hampton Roads, Virginia (this facility was previously known as the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center or NMITC). And completion of the Basic Intelligence Officers course will be required before you can be awarded this MOS.
The following courses of instruction are considered "desirable" as skills progression courses for MOS 0207, so you may want to consider them if this is your intended career path:
- Intel Collection Management Course, Washington, DC.
- Combat Targeting Course, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas
- Intelligence Analyst Course, Washington, DC.
- Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course, Yuma, Arizona