Serve at the forefront of national security by analyzing top-secret information and interpreting spy reports. Direct the analysis of top-secret satellite imagery. Be the first to ascertain the implications of the latest intelligence. Use keen analytical abilities to perceive patterns in Internet chatter. Intelligence Officers serve as a key part of the Information Dominance Corps as they:
As an Intelligence Officer, you will take on a wide variety of assignments, each one essential in its related mission or objective. This role may include:
Those pursuing an Intelligence Officer position are required to attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Newport, R.I. Upon completion, they attend a five-month basic course of instruction at the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center in Dam Neck, Va., where they receive training in: electronic, anti-submarine, anti-surface, anti-air, amphibious and strike warfare; counterintelligence; strategic intelligence; air defense analysis; and combat mission planning.
From there, INTEL Officers embark on a 30-month operational fleet tour. This is typically an assignment with an aviation squadron, with an air wing staff or on board an aircraft carrier or amphibious command ship. Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance. It’s also important to note that specialized training received and work experience gained in the course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in related fields.
Beyond professional credentials and certifications, Intelligence Officers can advance their education by:
A four-year degree from a regionally accredited institution is required to work as an Intelligence Officer. It is preferred that the degree focuses on areas of study such as: international relations, political science, government, engineering, physical science, natural science, computer science, or other academic fields related to intelligence.
All candidates must also be: US citizens; willing to serve worldwide; and eligible for a special intelligence security clearance.
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