Military Intelligence Officer

Military Intelligence Officer

The Army's Military Intelligence (MI) is responsible for all intelligence gathered or learned during Army missions. MI Officers are always out front, providing essential intelligence and in many cases saving Soldiers who are fighting on the front lines.

Military Intelligence Officers also assess risks associated with friendly and enemy courses of action and act to counter or neutralize identified intelligence threats. The MI Officer also uses intelligence systems and data to reduce uncertainty of enemy, terrain and weather conditions for a commander.

A Military Intelligence Officer specialize in these specific areas:

Imagery Intelligence Officer: Supervises the collection and analysis of optical, infrared and RADAR imagery using photogrammetry and terrain analysis.

All-Source Intelligence Officer: Performs collection management, surveillance and reconnaissance activities and provides advice on the use of resources on all levels.

Counterintelligence Officer: Provides coordination and participation in counterintelligence investigations, operations and production.

Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Officer: Coordinates and participates in controlled collection operations and interviews.

Signals Intelligence/Electronic Warfare Officer: Coordinates and participates in the collection of signals intelligence (SIGINT) and conducts electronic warfare.

All-Source Intelligence Aviator: Performs duties as Aviator and MI Officer. Coordinates and participates in Special Electronic Mission Aircraft (SEMA) missions.

The responsibilities of a Military Intelligence Lieutenant may include:

  • Commanding and controlling the Military Intelligence Soldiers and combined armed forces during combat and intelligence gathering operations.
  • Coordinating employment of Military Intelligence Soldiers at all levels of command, from platoon to battalion and higher, in U.S. and multi-national operations.

Training

Military Intelligence Officer training includes completion of the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course (MIOBC), where you will learn leadership skills, tactics, maintenance and operational aspects of weapons and vehicles used in an Infantry platoon. Your training will take place in classrooms and in the field.

Helpful Skills

Being a leader in the Army requires certain qualities. A leader exhibits self-discipline, initiative, confidence and intelligence. They are physically fit and can perform under physical and mental pressures. Leaders make decisions quickly, always focusing on completing the mission successfully, and show respect for their subordinates and other military officers. Leaders lead from the front and adjust to environments that are always changing. They are judged by their ability to make decisions on their own and bear ultimate moral responsibility for those decisions.

Advanced Responsibilities

Military Intelligence Officers may continue in the Operations career field, serving in MI at ever increasing levels of leadership and responsibility.

Responsibilities of a Military Intelligence Captain may include:

  • Commanding and controlling company-sized Military Intelligence units (200-300 Soldiers).
  • Coordinating employment of Military Intelligence Soldiers at all levels of command, from company to division level and beyond, in U.S. and multi-national operations.
  • Developing doctrine, organizations and equipment for unique Military Intelligence missions.
  • Instructing Military Intelligence skills at service schools and combat training centers.
  • Serving as Military Intelligence advisor to other units, including Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve organizations.

Related Civilian Jobs

An Army or Army Reserve career in the military intelligence can transfer to work in the civilian world in law enforcement, Federal employment careers in the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency, and Private Investigation. Additionally, the leadership skills you acquire as an Army Officer will help you in many types of civilian careers. An Officer in the Army is most closely related to a vital manager in a corporation.