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Human Intelligence Officers

Human Intelligence Officers

Military Status

Officer

Average Military Salary

$94,607

Service Branches

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force

Overview

Intelligence officers who specialize in HUMINT manage operations to obtain intelligence information using humans as both intelligence data sources and collectors. Human intelligence officers may also be responsible for overseeing psychological operations, which are designed to control, influence, predict and understand people and groups through communication and contact with these individuals. Intelligence officers who specialize in HUMINT have an expert level of knowledge about the history, culture, geography, and current politics and economics of the country or countries to which they are assigned.

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Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Job training for human intelligence officers primarily consists of classroom instruction and on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Air, ground and sea intelligence operations
  • Photograph interpretation
  • Use of surveillance equipment
  • Reconnaissance equipment and weapons systems
  • Screenings, debriefings and interrogations
  • Preparing maps and charts
  • Human intelligence analysis

Work Environment

Human intelligence officers work in offices on land and aboard ships. They may work in the field on maneuvers and military exercises.

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to organize and manage activities
  • Ability to work with abstract problems
  • Interest in analyzing data and solving problems
  • Strong communication skills

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