Human Intelligence Collector (35M MOS) Job Description

Language, investigative and analysis skills are key to HUMINT Collectors

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Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Collectors are integral to providing Army personnel with information about enemy forces, strength, capabilities, vulnerabilities and intentions, as well as potential battle areas. Human Intelligence Collectors conduct source operations, interrogations and debriefings to collect this information. They are primarily responsible for supervising and conducting information collection operations.

Duties of HUMINT Collector (35M)

The HUMINT Collector's duties fall into the fields of intelligence and language with considerable overlap between the two.

  • Participates in Counterintelligence Force Protection Source Operations (CFSO).
  • Performs difficult interrogations.
  • Debriefs U.S. prisoner of war returnees and other friendly sources to obtain information for military intelligence.
  • Prepares Information Intelligence Reports, often performing difficult translations.  
  • Conducts debriefings and interrogations of HUMINT sources in English and foreign languages. 
  • Translates written foreign material and captured enemy documents into English. 
  • Acts as an interpreter/translator for intelligence matters and materials.
  • Reviews and edits translations of foreign documents and material for accuracy and completeness. 
  • Conducts liaison in foreign language with Host Nation agencies.
  • Interprets foreign language into English or English conversations and ensures the accurate exchange of statements, ideas, and intent.
  • Screens, assesses and debriefs (in foreign language) refugees and defectors to fulfill strategic intelligence requirements.
  • Assists in screenings of HUMINT sources and documents.

Training Required for HUMINT Collectors

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 where the trainee learns how to perform screenings, debriefings and interrogations; how to prepare maps and charts; and to conduct human intelligence analysis. The trainee will also develop skills with computer systems.

Note: Some Soldiers may be selected to receive foreign language training at the Defense Language Institute.

ASVAB Score  101 in aptitude area Skilled Technical (ST)
Security Clearance  Secret
Strength Requirement  Light
Physical Profile Requirement  222221

Additional Qualifications and Requirements

  • Normal color vision required.
  • Must be U.S. citizen.
  • A qualifying score on the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) of 100 or above.
  • A qualifying score on the English Comprehension Level Test.
  • Never been a member of the U.S. Peace Corps.
  • Possess good voice quality and be able to speak English without objectionable accent or speech impediments.
  • Good voice quality and be able to speak English and foreign language idiomatically and without objectionable accent or impediment.
  • No record of court-martial.
  • No record of conviction by a civil court for any offense other than minor traffic violations.
  • No information in military personnel, Provost Marshal, intelligence, or medical records which will prevent the granting of security clearance.

    Formal training is mandatory, which includes completion of MOS 97E course conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center.

    Human Intelligence Collectors will need to have strong language skills beyond English, and formal language training will be required. In some cases, civilian acquired language skills may satisfy language requirements.

    Those interested in the Human Intelligence Collector role must be able to qualify for SECRET level security clearance.

    Similar Civilian Occupations

    In the civilian sector, the HUMINT Collector can find their skills and talents valuable in these civilian jobs: 

    • Detectives and criminal investigators
    • Interpreters and translators
    • Business operations specialists
    • Database administrators
    • Eligibility interviewers, government programs
    • Interviewers, except eligibility and loan
    • Operations research analysts
    • Technical writers
    • Training and development specialists

    Information derived from Army.com and GoArmy.com.

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