Military Intelligence Officer
Company: US Navy
Posted on: January 16, 2023
If you're an Intelligence Specialist, you make sure that we're
always one step ahead of our adversaries. Collect intel on
everything from data on foreign cultures to enemy movements to
current weather forecasts. Then, use it to create cohesive
intelligence briefings for high-ranking Navy officials. Your deep
understanding of global culture and battlespaces makes you a
critical component of mission readiness. Solid intel isn't easy to
come by. But as an IS, you can save lives by helping us stay ready
What to Expect
As an Intelligence Specialist (IS), you will be a critical part of
the operational decision-making process. Working with potentially
classified material, your duties may include:
- Analyzing intelligence information
- Preparing and presenting briefings and reports
- Preparing graphics and overlays
- Plotting imagery data using maps and charts
- Planning photographic reconnaissance missions
- Providing input to and receiving data from computerized
networks ashore and afloat
- Using intelligence databases, libraries and files
- Gathering information for pre-strike threat analysis and
post-strike battle damage assessment
As an Intelligence Specialist, you will work under the oversight of
Intelligence Officers (four-year degree required) who serve as
managers of intelligence-related activities.
Intelligence Specialists serve on large ships, with aircraft
squadrons and at various intelligence production centers located in
the U.S. or overseas, generally dividing time equally between
assignments ashore and afloat. The work is mostly analytical, as it
supports the Navy's intelligence mission on all fronts. Typically,
duties are performed in an office or watch environment and involve
working closely with others, though the capability to operate
without supervision is also required.
Training & Advancement
Upon completion of initial training at Recruit Training Command
Great Lakes (known as Boot Camp), you'll report for specialized
Class "A" Technical School (13 weeks) in Dam Neck, VA, for training
in fundamentals of intelligence administration, maps and charts,
operational intelligence, briefing, basic computer software
operating skills to include typing tests and other basic skills
required for the rating.
After you've completed training, you may be assigned to all large
ships, aircraft squadrons, staffs, intelligence facilities and
Joint Commands in the United States and overseas. As an IS, you can
expect approximately 50% of your assignments to take place at
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and
based on performance.
Advanced training as an Intelligence Specialist may also be
available during later stages of your career. For those with
further leadership aspirations and a college degree, Officer roles
may be available, providing opportunities to lead and train
Specialized training received and work experience gained in the
course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and
occupational opportunities in related fields in the civilian
Beyond offering access to professional credentials and
certifications, Navy technical and operational training in the
field of intelligence can translate to credit hours toward a
bachelor's or associate degree through the American Council on
You may also continue your education through undergraduate degree
opportunities like the Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance
and the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Qualifications & Requirements
A high school diploma or equivalent is required to become an
Enlisted Sailor in the Navy. Those seeking an Intelligence
Specialist position, including all family members, must be U.S.
citizens who can meet eligibility requirements for a Top
Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance.
Vision correctable to 20/20 and normal color perception are also
You should have good speaking, writing and record-keeping skills, a
good working aptitude of math and the capability to do highly
detail-oriented work. Other helpful characteristics are
resourcefulness, curiosity, an interest in ideas and information
and the ability to make analytical decisions.
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you're
currently serving , whether you've served before or whether you've
never served before .
There are part-time opportunities available as an Intelligence
Serving part-time as a Navy Reserve Sailor, your duties will be
carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods.
During monthly drilling, Intelligence Specialists in the Navy
Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.
For annual training, Intelligence Specialists may serve anywhere in
the world, whether on a ship at sea or at bases and installations
Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and
responsibilities of Navy Reserve Sailors .
Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The
basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one
weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year
(referred to as Annual Training) - or the equivalent of that.
Intelligence Specialists in the Navy Reserve serve in an Enlisted
role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes
with the job, initial training requirements must be met.
For current or former military Enlisted servicemembers, prior
experience satisfies the initial Recruit Training requirement, so
you will not need to go through Boot Camp again.
For those without prior military experience, you will need to meet
the initial Recruit Training requirement by attending Boot Camp in
Great Lakes, IL. This training course will prepare you for service
in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.
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