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Intelligence is the key to our national security.

Before physical threats can be neutralized, or battles won, information must be gathered about an adversary’s intentions, strengths, vulnerabilities, and capabilities.

In order to obtain that critical information, the Army relies upon the strategic cognitive and language skills of the Human Intelligence Collector.

These specially trained men and women utilize a variety of interrogation techniques, along with problem solving and observation skills to quickly and accurately extract as much information as possible from both friendly and hostile sources.

This career field requires individuals who have outgoing personalities…

…an interest in foreign cultures and languages..,

…an interest in reading maps and overhead imagery..,

…and the ability to think, speak, and write clearly.

Because of the Top Secret classification of this work and the intensity of training..,

…applicants are thoroughly screened using a testing process designed to ensure that only the most qualified and those with an aptitude for learning a foreign language are selected.

After successfully completing Basic Combat Training, you will attend language training at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center at the Presidio of Monterey, California.

The length of your training will depend on the foreign language you are assigned to learn.

After successful completion of language training, you will attend 19 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

There, you will learn the skills necessary to become an Army Intelligence professional, such as:

…interrogation techniques..,

…military source operations..,

…debriefing of friendly forces and displaced persons on the battlefield..,

…protecting your fellow soldiers from harm by terrorists and insurgents…

…and train in the preparation of intelligence reports and products to enable victory.

As a Human Intelligence Collector you will have the opportunity to advance your career through on-the-job training…

…and advanced follow-up education in human intelligence collection; while participating in unique assignments in the U.S. and around the world.

The skills, knowledge, and leadership experience you gain may help you in your transition from the military to the civilian work force..,

…where you may find employment as a researcher, interviewer, or linguist in business planning, or with national security government agencies.

Ensuring victory as an integral member of battlefield units…

Military Occupational Specialty:  Human Intelligence Collector.


Human Intelligence Collector (35M)

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


The human intelligence collector is responsible for information collection operations. They provide Army personnel with information about the enemy force’s strengths, weaknesses and potential battle areas.

Job Duties

  • Screen human intelligence sources and documents
  • Debrief and interrogate human intelligence sources
  • Participate in human intelligence operations
  • Analyze and prepare intelligence reports


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 human intelligence collector requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 20 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:

  • Screenings, debriefings and interrogations
  • Preparing maps and charts
  • Human Intelligence analysis
  • Using computer systems

Helpful Skills

  • Foreign languages
  • Interest in reading maps and charts
  • Gathering information and studying its meaning
  • Ability to think, speak and write clearly
  • An outgoing personality

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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