Army Job: MOS 35F Intelligence Analyst

These soldiers help create a clear picture of combat enemies

1st Lt. Andrea M. Nevistic, an intelligence analyst with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team
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This much sought-after Army job is a key part of its intelligence operations. Intelligence Analysts take information gathered by military intelligence agents to figure out what the enemy is up to, what they might do, where they might go and what resources they have available to them. 

Intelligence Analysts, categorized as (MOS) 35F, handle highly sensitive information and make decisions and recommendations used to determine combat, undercover and other Army missions. 

Duties

These soldiers have a long list of varied responsibilities. They prepare intelligence reports and maintain and establish intelligence records and files. 

It's up to MOS 35F to determine how reliable and significant any incoming intelligence information might be. They'll put new data in context with existing intelligence so that commanders have the most up-to-date information possible. 

Military intelligence analysts prepare battlefield reports and analyze and evaluate any changes in enemy positions or capabilities. It's partly up to them to determine how strong an enemy unit might be and to identify any gaps in existing intelligence. They consider enemy Order of Battle records and help prepare reports on captured enemy material. 

Training

Following the usual ten weeks in (or just "basic"), combat intelligence analysts take 13 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, where they learn critical thinking, how to prepare maps, charts and intelligence reports, and military symbology.

Qualifications

If you want to enlist in this MOS, you need at least a 105 on the skilled technical (ST) area of the (ASVAB) tests. You must be a U.S. citizen, a high school graduate, and have normal color vision.

This job requires a from the Department of Defense. It involves a rigorous background investigation into your finances and any criminal records. Prior drug or alcohol abuse may be disqualifying factors. You can't have any record of conviction by court-martial, or any record of conviction by a civil court other than minor traffic violations.

You can't enlist in this MOS if you've been a member of the Peace Corps. The government wants to preserve the integrity of both the military and the Peace Corps; if a foreign entity believed that Peace Corps members could later serve as intelligence agents, it could potentially endanger the organization and its personnel (not to mention its humanitarian mission).

This MOS is also off-limits to you if you or your immediate family have lived or are from a country where physical and mental coercion is common practice. You also can't have any commercial or vested interest in such a place, and neither can your spouse. 

Similar Civilian Jobs 

Most of what you'll do in this job doesn't have any civilian equivalent. But you'll receive training that could help you find jobs in government agencies and for private security firms.

You'll also be able to pursue jobs with local police agencies, and should be able to work as a database administrator, a computer operator, or an operations research analyst.