Question by Braden: What is the life of a Navy Intelligence Officer like?
How often are you on land compared to sea? What is a more interesting job, Navy Intelligence or Navy Cryptology?
Answer by Michael Antoldi
classified data may be collected from satellite images, Internet chatter, and military and spy reports. Imagine coding and decoding classified information, maintaining Combat Information Center displays or even operating an Identification Friend or Foe system on a ship. When it comes to communications networks, you’ll be working within one of the largest and most important networks on the globe.
Both Enlisted Sailors and Officers working in Navy Intelligence handle classified documents and transform raw data into vital intelligence. If you are able to meet all security clearance requirements, then you’re on a path to take on the responsibility of handling high-tech classified information.
As part of this occupational specialty, you may:
Operate underwater communications equipment
Defend ships against inbound threats including antiship missiles
Maintain Combat Information Center (CIC) displays
Operate and maintain global satellite telecommunications systems
Work with classified material
Provide technical support to deployed units
Operate electronic radio receivers
Operate state-of-the-art computer equipment
As an Enlisted Sailor or Officer working in the field of Navy Intelligence, you will have opportunities to serve in a variety of sea and shore assignments worldwide. Your typical assignments could place you with an aviation squadron or air wing staff or aboard an aircraft carrier or amphibious command ship.
Training & Advancement
Those pursuing Officer positions in the intelligence field are required to attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Newport, Rhode Island. Upon completion, they must attend a five-month basic course of instruction at the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center at Dam Neck, Virginia. There, they receive training in electronic, anti-submarine, antisurface, antiair, amphibious, and strike warfare; counterintelligence; strategic intelligence; air defense analysis; and combat mission planning.
After graduating from basic intelligence training, graduates then go on a 30-month operational fleet tour. Typically, these on-the-job training assignments allow them to lead Sailors and supervise the collection, analysis and dissemination of intelligence critical to their command’s mission.
After the Navy
From learning highly technical database design and computer networking to decoding classified information, your training will be extensive. With these skills, you will be more than equipped for countless jobs in the high-tech industry.
Your training may also prepare you for the following civilian careers:
Cryptographic Machine Operator
Data Communications Analyst
Electronic Intelligence Operations Specialist
Computer Systems Hardware Analyst
Air Traffic Controller
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