Inside Military Intelligence Officer Careers

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Biggest Surprises

"Employees Do Not Train Regularly...
I was surprised at the amount of general training that did not apply to the specific position I'm in." (Technical Writer; 2014)

Career: 20 years of experience, currently based in Maryland, male
School: Studied Intelligence Analysis at Naval Technical Training Center Detachment San Angelo, TX in Texas; completed Certificate degree in 2000

"Wide Scope Of Job Opportunities...
I was surprised how much I like the Army. I get to work with some of the best men and woman in the world. Most people are surprised at how many different types of jobs people can do in the Army. If you like admin stuff, we have admin clerks. If you like working construction, we have engineers, and so on. There are so many fields, it would be hard not to find a job that you like." (Army Soldier; 2013)

Career: 9 years of experience, currently based in Hawaii, male
School: Studied Business at University Of Maryland University College in Maryland; completed Associate degree in 2011

Best & Worst Things About This Career

U.S. Naval Officer: "Best part: I am working the brief that goes to the Secretary of Defense, Chairman, and Secretary of State each morning - very satisfying. I often get written notes back from the Secretary commenting on the brief. I also get notes back from other members of the Secretary's staff. On three occasions I've gotten feedback from the President. Worst part: Getting up at 3:30 every morning. By Friday afternoon I'm pretty tired."

Career Background

Military Intelligence Officer

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Career Tips

"Keep Learning...
Always be aware of new techniques and technologies available to you. Additionally, try to be flexible with coworkers who are more and less experienced than you. The more you see, the less you know, until you read up on it." (Technical Writer; 2014)

"Ensuring That You Are Ready...
Please ensure that you and your family are willing for you to deploy." (Army Soldier; 2013)

"Temper The Highs And Lows...
Tip one: You're only as good as your last brief. Don't take it too hard when it doesn't go well, and don't get full of yourself when it does go well. Tip two: If it's not instantly clear to you, it isn't clear Tip three: Get enough sleep. The job can wear you down." (U.S. Naval Officer; )