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The role of a Military Intelligence Officer

Military Intelligence Officer (35)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Open to Women
  • Entry Level


The Army’s military intelligence is responsible for all collected intelligence during Army missions. They provide essential information that often save the Soldiers fighting on front lines.

Military Intelligence Officers specialize in these specific areas:

Imagery Intelligence: Collection and analysis of imagery using photogrammetry and terrain analysis.

All-Source Intelligence: Performs collection management/surveillance/reconnaissance and provides advice.

Counterintelligence: Provides coordination and participation in counterintelligence investigations, operations and production.

Human intelligence: Controlled collection operations and interviews.

Signals intelligence/electronic warfare: Collects signal intelligence and engages in electronic warfare.

All-source intelligence aviator: Performs duties as an aviator/MI officer and participates in special electronic mission aircraft missions.

Job Duties

  • Command and coordinate the military intelligence Soldiers and combined armed forces
  • Assess risks associated with friendly/enemy courses of action and act to counter/neutralize intelligence threats
  • Use intelligence systems and data to reduce uncertainty for a commander


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 military intelligence officer requires completing the Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and in the field.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Leadership skills and tactics in an Infantry platoon
  • Maintenance and operational aspects of weapons and vehicles

Helpful Skills

  • Self-discipline, confidence and intelligence
  • Physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure
  • Ability to make quick decisions
  • Capable of bearing numerous responsibilities


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

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 fields such as business management. An officer in the Army is closely related to managerial positions in corporations.


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 experience and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at

  • AT&T, Inc.
  • Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Kraft Foods Global, Inc.
  • Sears Holdings Corporation
  • Time Customer Service, Inc.
  • Walgreen Co.

My name is Lieutenant Colonel Whitney Allen, a military intelligence officer in the United States Army. Basically, what a military intelligence officer does is collect intelligence either by use of satellites, human agents or sources, imagery, use of helicopters, a variety of things and take all that information and create it in to good data for commanders to do their missions. It ranges from missions in Bosnia, peace keeping missions, to helping our friends in Afghanistan relate to their population. It’s been a great experience. I’ve served in several countries, Germany, Afghanistan and Kuwait, as well as many assignments in the United States; Louisiana, my home state, as well as the state of Kentucky. I’ve had some very interesting jobs. By the time I was 30 years old I had 100 individuals under my leadership, which supported the military policemen in a variety of ways. Very unique position, I can’t complain. It’s been a joy serving in the Army. Now you may wonder why a guy with a physics degree joined the military. Well, one interesting thing about the Army is that unlike many positions or many companies out there, usually an engineer or scientist would go into a technical job. So they may go in and start working on projects, and then maybe in 10 years they have an opportunity to become a project manager or go into the company’s management, where in the Army it’s reversed. Once I joined I didn’t go into being a scientist, I ended up having 20 individuals under my leadership and worked in chemical warfare. It was great. I learned how to take care of people, come up with plans and also work with other organizations. Three years later I had 100 individuals under me. As I said, they were working for the military police; a very unique position. Later on I went on to become a part of the United States Army recruiting command and served in the position as operations research assistant analysis. That’s where I started using a lot of my technical skills from my math and physics background. In that position there I used a lot of data mining assistance to help the Army project how we asses people in the United States Army. From there, after that position, it was back out in the real world as an intelligence officer; help guiding the Afghan military on how to be a better, more professional and proficient Army organization. Now I find myself here at NSBE for the second year in a row as a judge doing the robotics and the science fair, but also telling the Army story; what I’ve done in the past, what other people have done, and basically connecting America to its Army.