Navy Intelligence Officer Career
A dynamic and demanding field, Naval Intelligence serves across today’s challenges to our national security—from terrorism to threats to our maritime interests. Intelligence—the knowledge based on collection and analysis of an adversary’s strengths, weaknesses, capabilities and intentions—is a key to conducting successful US military operations. Subsequently, the community expects the highest level of performance and dedication from our officers. Naval Intelligence Officers provide tactical, operational, and strategic intelligence support to US naval forces, joint and multi-national military forces, and executive-level decision-makers in our national government. As a Naval Intelligence Officer, you will reap the rewards of serving your country, and work with professionals who steadfastly protect our Nation.
Specific job elements for first tour
After graduating from basic intelligence training, initial assignment will generally be to a 24-month milestone assignment. This initial assignment is with an aviation squadron, air wing staff, onboard an aircraft carrier or amphibious command ship, or with an expeditionary or special warfare unit. You will lead sailors, and supervise the collection, analysis and dissemination of intelligence critical to carrying out your command’s mission, all the while developing skills in leadership, management, analysis and communication.
Follow on assignments
Depending on your interests, background and performance, you will have opportunities to serve in a variety of sea and shore assignments worldwide. While career paths vary widely, our officers serve three "sea" duty assignments within a twenty-year career. Promotion opportunities are comparable with other Navy warfare communities and the single factor is sustained superior performance.
Typical areas of assignment focus include:
-Tactical Support to Naval Strike Forces – Provide intelligence that drives operations at the tactical level.
-Operational Intelligence – Deliver near-real-time intelligence assessments to decision makers and commanders. -Targeting – Identify and appropriately prosecute enemy targets. -Intelligence Support to Special Ops – Support special warfare through all levels of war.
-Human Intelligence – Face-to-face interaction in a challenging collection discipline. -Collection Management – Manage the prioritization of requirements and the tasking of intelligence resources.
-Scientific and Technical – Participate in analysis of foreign weapons systems. -Regional Expertise – Complete an academic course of study of a geographic area of interest to naval and military operations.
-Civil Maritime Intelligence – Monitor and analyze maritime activities that threaten national security.
-Information Systems – Lead the planning, development, testing, and deployment of info systems crucial to the intelligence process.
-Combatant Command Staff Officer – Develop plans, manage programs, produce supporting documents.
-Attaché – Support theater engagement and cultivate regional and language expertise.
Active duty obligation
Commissioned intelligence officers incur a four to five year active duty commitment, depending upon commissioning source. For most, the total commitment— active duty and inactive reserve—is eight years.
Training pipeline following commission
After commissioning, your career as a Naval Intelligence Officer begins at the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center in Virginia Beach, VA where you will attend a five-month basic course of instruction. This is a full PCS move, members are not entitled to Per Diem, so plan accordingly. Upon graduation most will receive 24-36 month orders to operational commands.
Basic eligibility requirements
Applicants must be prospective or college graduates, at least 19 years of age and no more than 42 years old at time of commissioning. See the Competitive Profile for more details on eligibility.