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Intelligence Officers

Intelligence Officers

Military Status

Officer

Average Military Salary

$97,837

Service Branches

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Space Force
  • Coast Guard

Overview

Intelligence officers provide a service that is crucial for our national defense. These officers develop and execute plans, policies and procedures that facilitate intelligence functions. They are experts on all intelligence disciplines and their application across the spectrum of military operations. Some intelligence officers specialize in one form of intelligence, such as imagery, signals or human intelligence.

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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 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

Work Environment

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
  • Interest in solving problems

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