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Visual data is invaluable to Army intelligence operations.

Aerial imagery, geospatial data, full motion video, and other electronic monitoring are used to help determine precise target coordinates.

Identify enemy weapons and positions, navigate natural or man-made obstacles, and are critical in the design of defense and combat plans.

To interpret this complex visual data, the Army relies upon the specialized skills of the Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst.

Soldiers in this Military Occupational Specialty identify, analyze, and report targets observed on imagery from satellite and airborne systems to provide Army personnel with critical intelligence about enemy forces, and combat operations support.

Candidates for this MOS should have an interest in reading maps and charts.

Gathering information and studying its meaning.

Have an attention to detail, the ability to think critically, and to speak and write clearly.

After successful completion of 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training, you will attend 22 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

Your training will include cartography, preparation of charts and reports.

The use of computer systems and imagery exploitation software, geospatial data and intelligence.

Overhead and aerial imagery collection and analysis.

Analysis of fixed and moving target indicators.

And applying theories involved in analyzing a variety of imagery information including: radar, infrared, moving target indicator, light detection and ranging – or LIDAR, and spectral and geospatial imagery.

Upon successful completion of AIT, you may qualify for additional college credit hours to obtain an Associate’s Degree in Intelligence Analysis.

Because of the sensitive nature of intelligence information, you must qualify for a Top Secret security clearance.

You must also pass a series of vision exams, to ensure your depth perception will allow you to properly utilize imagery manipulation software.
After successful completion of training, you may work supporting Army operations around the world, or deploy as a team member of a tactical unit.

The skills and experience gained as a Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst may help in your transition to a civilian career.

Transforming visual data into valuable intelligence.

Military Occupational Specialty: Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst. Eyes on the world.

Geospatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst (35G)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • National Guard
  • Entry Level


The geospatial intelligence imagery analyst is responsible for analyzing overhead and aerial imagery developed by photographic and electronic means. They provide Army personnel with critical information about enemy forces, potential battle areas and combat operations support.

Job Duties

  • Produce intelligence by analyzing images, fixed/moving targets and geospatial data
  • Identify military installations, facilities, weapon systems, military equipment and defenses
  • Determine the location and dimensions of objects
  • Conduct Battle Damage Assessment


Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.


Job training for a geospatial intelligence imagery analyst requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 22 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and in the field.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Planning overhead and aerial imagery collection
  • Preparing maps, charts, reports and Geospatial-Intelligence
  • Using computer systems and imagery exploitation software
  • Analysis of fixed/moving target indicators, geospatial data and overhead/aerial images

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in reading maps and charts
  • Gathering information and studying its meaning
  • Ability to think, speak and write clearly

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Skilled Technical (ST): 101

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.


Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in research, business planning and even government agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at

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