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Every successful mission depends on intelligence that’s relevant, timely and accurate. And it’s up to Intelligence Officers to deliver it.
Direct the analysis of top-secret satellite imagery. Be the first to ascertain the implications of the latest spy reports. Use keen analytical abilities to perceive patterns in Internet chatter. Intelligence Officers serve at the forefront of national security as they:
As an Intelligence Officer, you will take on a wide variety of assignments, each one essential in its related mission or objective. This role may include:
Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Intelligence Officers in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.
For annual training, they may serve anywhere in the world, whether on ships or on facilities on land both home and abroad.
Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.
A Navy Reserve Intelligence Officer, LCDR Susanne Lyons, discusses the personal and professional opportunities that the Navy Reserve has offered her.
Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.
Intelligence Officers in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with this job, initial training requirements must be met.
For current or former Navy Officers (NAVET): Prior experience satisfies the initial leadership training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.
For current or former Officers of military branches other than the Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial leadership training requirement by attending the 12-day Direct Commission Officer (DCO) School in Newport, R.I. This will count as your first Annual Training.
Beyond professional credentials and certifications, Intelligence Officers can advance their education by:
A four-year degree from a regionally accredited institution is required to work as an Intelligence Officer. It is preferred that the degree focuses on areas of study such as: international relations, political science, government, engineering, physical science, natural science, computer science, or other academic fields related to intelligence.
All candidates must also be: US citizens; willing to serve worldwide; and eligible for a special intelligence security clearance.