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The safety, and protection of Soldiers, citizens, and property from harm is ensured through the collection of information about our adversaries.

Collecting this information and utilizing it in operations that ensure our national defense is the responsibility of the Counterintelligence Special Agent.

These men and women have the responsibility of safeguarding military operations through identifying, investigating, neutralizing, exploiting, manipulating foreign intelligence threats to the army, as well as preventing sabotage, terrorism, espionage, treason, and sedition.

Because the sensitive nature of this work, and the information you will gather, the selection process, requirements, and qualifications for this career field are stringent.

Potential recruits must be at least 20 years old at the time of shipping to basic combat training and must qualify for a Top Secret Clearance.

This career field requires individuals who are personable, mature, effective communicators, who possess strong analytical thinking capabilities, and have exceptional writing skills, as this will be a major component of your job.

You must be self-motivated, and have the ability to conduct thorough research, and make sound judgments with minimal supervision.

Your duties and responsibilities may include conducting counter intelligence operations and analysis.

Investigating national security crimes, collecting and processing digital forensic and physical evidence, briefing senior officials from U.S. and host-nation military civilian law enforcement, intelligence, and security agencies.

After completing basic combat training, you will attend approximately 20 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, and on the job instruction at the United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

Upon successful completion of all training requirements you will be eligible for worldwide assignments, or you may be deployed as part of a tactical, operational, or strategic counterintelligence unit.

You may employ a variety of techniques to assist in your surveillance, and in the collection and recording of information and intelligence.

You may have the ability to further your career through unique experiences, additional training, civilian and military educational opportunities in areas such as Foreign Counterintelligence, Counterintelligence Collection, Technical Surveillance and Countermeasures, and Cyber Counterintelligence.

Your experience and knowledge as a Counterintelligence Special Agent may help in your transition to a civilian career, where you may find employment opportunities with federal agencies, state protective services and law enforcement, as well as private industry.

Always Out Front, protecting the nation and saving lives as a member of the Military Intelligence Corps., the United States Army Counterintelligence Special Agent.

Counterintelligence Agent (35L)

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


Counterintelligence Special Agents conduct investigations and analysis to detect and counter foreign intelligence entities and international terrorist threats. They detect and identify the counterintelligence related inter threats and conduct the appropriate countermeasures.

Job Duties

  • Detect, exploit and neutralize intelligence threats
  • Investigate national security crimes
  • Serve as an Army CI liaison
  • Collect and process forensic and physical evidence
  • Conduct CI support to force protection


Counterintelligence Agents must have high moral standards and the utmost integrity.  Due to the nature of work required of Counterintelligence Agents, strict qualification must be met prior to application.  Minimum eligibility requirements are listed below.

In Service Requirements:

  • In-service Soldiers only, E4 (PZ and SZ) or E5
  • No felony or court martial convictions
  • U.S. Citizen; immediate family members must also be U.S. citizens
  • A minimum age of 21 upon completion of the CI Special Agent Course
  • Normal color vision (no exception to policy authorized)
  • Skilled Technical (ST) score of 105 or higher
  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Eligibility for Top Secret clearance
Entry Level Requirements:
  • U.S. citizenship
  • 20 years of age or older
  • High school degree or equivalent
  • No record of conviction by court-martial or Article 15 proceedings
  • No felony arrests or convictions
  • Eligibility for a Top Secret (TS) security clearance
  • A Valid driver’s license
  • No physical limitations and no history of mental or emotional disorders
  • Normal color vision

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Job training for a Counterintelligence Agent requires 18 weeks at the Counterintelligence Special Agent Course, with additional on-the-job training.  Advanced training is also available in areas such as Foreign CI Training, CI Collection, Technical Surveillance and Countermeasures, CI Cyber, and CI Debriefing.

Helpful Skills

  • Excellent writing ability
  • Ability to work independently (self-motivated)
  • Capable of making sound judgements in the absence of leadership or supervision
  • Research and critical thinking capabilities
  • Ability to interact with senior officials from U.S. and host-nation military civilian law enforcement, intelligence, and security agencies

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.

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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

35L is more than a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), it is the foundation of a life-long career. The skills you learn will help prepare you for government service after the military, such as the Military Intelligence Civilian Excepted Career Program, FBI, CIA, and DIA, as well as private industry.


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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