Intelligence Specialist (IS) - US Navy Rating

Job Description and Qualification Factors

Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Stephen Ruhl from Como, Miss.
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Military information, particularly classified information about enemies or potential enemies, is called "intelligence." Intelligence specialists analyze intelligence data. They break down information to determine its usefulness in military planning. From this intelligence data, they prepare materials that describe in detail the features of strategic and tactical areas all over the world.

The duties performed by ISs include:

  • analyzing intelligence information;
  • identifying and producing intelligence from raw information; assembling and analyzing multi-source operational intelligence; preparing and presenting intelligence briefings; preparing planning materials for photographic reconnaissance missions; analyzing the results, preparing reports.
  • preparing graphics, overlays, and photo/map composites; plotting imagery data using maps and charts;
  • providing input to and receive data from computerized intelligence systems ashore and afloat; maintaining intelligence databases, libraries, and files.

Working Environment

Intelligence specialists perform most of their duties in an office or watch environment. They usually work closely with others, doing mostly analytical work, but must have the capability to work without supervision and to support the intelligence mission of the Navy on land, undersea, at sea, and in the air.

IS's serve on board ships, aircraft squadrons, and various intelligence production centers located in the United States and overseas.

A-School (Job School) Information

Dam Neck, VA -- 89 calendar days

Some "A" school graduates go directly into the pipeline for advanced training in intelligence procedures and equipment.

A typing test is required sometime during training.

ASVAB Score Requirement: VE + AR = 108

Security Clearance Requirement: Top Secret (With Single Scope Background Investigation)

Other Requirements

  • Must have normal color perception
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Both the applicant and his/her immediate family members must be U.S. citizens.
  • Moral turpitude offense(s) are generally disqualifying.
  • Personal security screening interview will be conducted by a Naval Security Group Command Detachment Great Lakes special representative.
  • Former members of the Peace Corps are not eligible.
  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent (GED, CPT, home study or other equivalency). If not a diploma graduate, applicant must provide a high school transcript verifying successful completion of the 10th grade.

Sub-Specialties Available for This Rating: Navy Enlisted Classification Codes for IS

Current Manning Levels for This Rating: CREO Listing

Note: Advancement ( promotion ) opportunity and career progression are directly linked to a rating's manning level (i.e., personnel in undermanned ratings have greater promotion opportunity than those in overmanned ratings).

Sea/Shore Rotation for This Rating

  • First Sea Tour: 36 months
  • First Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Second Sea Tour: 36months
  • Second Shore Tour:48 months
  • Third Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Third Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Fourth Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Forth Shore Tour: 48 months

Note: Sea tours and shore tours for sailors that have completed four sea tours will be 36 months at sea followed by 36 months ashore until retirement.

Much of the above information courtesy of the Navy Personnel Command

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