Soldiers from the 104th Engineer Battalion prepare a RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle for a reconnaissance mission. The Shadow can assist with indirect fire for weapon systems such as mortars, serve as a communication relay package and extend a unit’s radio transmission capability, as well as provide laser-targeting guidance and live video feeds.
"If you do not know others and do not know yourself, you will be in danger in every single battle." - Sun Tzu
Job training for Soldiers in the Military Intelligence career field consists of ten weeks of Basic Combat Training plus 7-44 weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT). The primary mission of military intelligence in is to provide timely, relevant, accurate, and synchronized intelligence and electronic warfare support to tactical, operational and strategic-level commanders. The Army’s intelligence components produce intelligence both for Army use and for sharing across the national intelligence community. Military Intelligence agents and specialists train in methods of intelligence gathering, reporting and analysis, as well as foreign communication, counterintelligence and security operations. For some specialties, foreign language training may require a course lasting up to 12 months.
Skills gained in the Intelligence field can steer you toward a career with investigative or information agencies; as a business research and planning specialist; or as a translator for embassies and foreign companies. The hardware and networking careers can also prepare you for a future with civilian companies that design and make electronic equipment, computers, and manage computer networks. These career fields may allow you to work for government agencies like the National Security Agency, the FBI and the CIA.
Military Occupation Specialties
35F Intelligence Analyst
Having the correct information about enemy forces and potential battle areas is absolutely necessary to plan for our national defense. Intelligence Analysts work with other intelligence specialists to gather and study aerial photographs, electronic monitoring and human observation. Intelligence Analysts are primarily responsible for analysis, processing and distribution of strategic and battlefield-related intelligence needed by Army personnel to design defense plans and tactics.
35G Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst
Having the correct information about enemy forces and potential battle areas is absolutely necessary to plan for our national defense. Imagery Analysts work with other intelligence specialists to gather and study images and information required for designing defense plans and tactics. The Imagery Analyst is primarily responsible for analyzing aerial and ground photographs and electronic imagery, such as aerial photographs of foreign ships, bases, missile sites and industrial facilities. They also identify enemy weapons and equipment defenses, and study land and sea areas that could become battlegrounds in time of war.
35M Human Intelligence Collector
Having the correct information about enemy forces and potential battle areas is absolutely necessary to plan for our national defense. Intelligence specialists such as the Human Intelligence Collector (HUMINT) provide information about enemy forces and potential battle areas. Human Intelligence Collectors primarily conduct interrogations and debriefings in English and foreign languages, and debrief U.S. prisoner-of-war returnees, refugees, defectors and other friendly sources to obtain information for military intelligence.
35N Signals Intelligence Analyst
Analyzing foreign communications helps our military experts better plan our nation's defense. Signals Intelligence Analysts intercept and analyze foreign communications and relay intelligence reports regarding combat, strategic and tactical intelligence information. Analysts also study and locate radio signals to understand the tactics and organization of foreign military forces.
35P Cryptologic Linguist
The nation's defense depends on information from foreign language newspapers, magazines, radio broadcasts and other sources. The Cryptologic Linguist is able to read and understand other languages, and is primarily responsible for detecting and identifying foreign communications using signals equipment. Cryptologic Linguists translate written and spoken foreign-language material and broadcasts, making sure to preserve the original meaning, while scanning for key words and indicators. They may also question prisoners of war, enemy deserters and civilian informers in their native languages.
35T Military Intelligence Systems Maintainer/Integrator
Learning what foreign governments and forces are involved in helps our military experts' better plan our nation's defense. The Military Intelligence (MI) Systems Maintainer/Integrator is responsible for maintaining and integrating intelligence gathering systems, computers and networks used by MI Soldiers, as well as extracting data from fixed, portable and wireless storage/communication devices.
Creed of the Military Intelligence Corps
I am a Soldier first, but an intelligence professional second to none.
With pride in my heritage, but focused on the future,
Performing the first task of an Army:
To find, know, and never lose the enemy.
With a sense of urgency and of tenacity, professional and physical fitness,
and above all, INTEGRITY, for in truth lies victory.
Always at silent war, while ready for a shooting war,
The silent warrior of the ARMY team.
Some degree of intelligence in the U.S. military has been around since its inception during the War of Independence. But it wasn’t until 1962 that the field was officially established in the Army as the Intelligence and Security Branch. In 1967, the branch was redesignated to its current operating name: Military Intelligence (MI).