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Career-building programs aimed at intel officers

Aug. 17, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
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Career development programs will be available for select categories of Regular Army and Active Guard and Reserve (Army Reserve) military intelligence officers and warrant officers in 2014.

Officers who complete one of the MI programs in conjunction with the common core course of Intermediate Level Education will receive credit for Military Education Level 4. The common core course will be offered to year group 2005 officers who are selected for resident or satellite schooling by the annual ILE board. Officers not selected by the board can complete ILE common core by distance learning.

Officers incur an active-duty service obligation of three days for every day they participate in an MI program. Obligations are capped at six years and will be served consecutively with other civilian education obligations, and concurrently with military obligations.

Programs available during the coming school year are:

The Junior Officer Cryptologic Career Program is open to 35-series MI officers in year groups 2006 and 2007 who have completed the Captains Career Course and who have an outstanding record of performance in key developmental assignments.

Officers selected for this program will be assigned to the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Md., for a three-year developmental regimen that will include six-month operational tours at NSA work centers and 1,000 hours of instruction at the National Cryptologic School.

After completingthe program, officers will serve an initial 12- to 24-month utilization tour in signals intelligence or network warfare positions within NSA or the intelligence community.

The Warrant Officer Cryptologic Career Program is open to 335-series chief warrant officers 2 and 3 who have completed the Warrant Officer Advanced Course and who have an outstanding record in signals intelligence.

Selected officers will be assigned to NSA for a three-year developmental tour that will include six-month tours at four NSA work centers and 800 hours of instruction at the National Cryptologic School, and a one-year assignment with the 704th MI Brigade.

After completing the program, officers will serve a 24- to 36-month utilization tour in signals intelligence positions at division and corps level. Subsequent assignments will be at the strategic and operational levels within NSA and the intelligence community.

The National Intelligence University masterís degree program in strategic intelligence or science and technology intelligence is available to Regular Army and Active Guard and Reserve 35-series commissioned officers and series-335 warrant officers. Officers from other specialties who are interested in the program should contact their career manager for application criteria.

The program requires 43 credits and a thesis over 12 months. Students will be assigned to Fort Belvoir, Va., but attend school at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C.

The Army Intelligence Development Program includes education opportunities in the traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance track at Fort Meade, Md., and a two-year cyber track, also at Meade.

Graduates of the one-year ISR track incur a three-year service obligation, while graduates of the two-year cyber track incur a six-year obligation.

Applicants for these programs must be 35-series active-component captains or majors.

Applications for these programs must be received at the Military Intelligence Officer Branch of Human Resources Command by Sept. 27. Selections will be made by a board that meets in mid-October. Applicants will be notified of the results Nov. 8.

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