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Counterintelligence Agent (35L)

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

Overview

The career of a Counterintelligence (CI) Agent (35L) is challenging and exciting, with direct impact on National Security.  Counterintelligence Special Agents conduct aggressive, comprehensive, and coordinated activities worldwide to detect, identify, assess and counter, neutralize, or exploit foreign intelligence and international terrorist threats to the U.S. Army. 

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

Requirements

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 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

For more information about Army Counterintelligence and how to apply, visit https://ikn.army.mil/Counterintelligence and https://ikn.army.mil/apps/ciapplicant/Home/Index

Training

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.

Compensation

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

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.

PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program

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 http://www.armypays.com.

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