Counterintelligence is looking for a few good Marines

26 Sep 2007 | Sgt. Scott Whittington

Career opportunities and bonuses up to $61,000 are being offered to Marines who qualify and are accepted in the counterintelligence and human intelligence field.

According to Master Sgt. Alan Taylor, CI/HUMINT chief, U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific here, Marines who are energetic, possess unusually high levels of initiative and who don’t need to be frequently told what to do should apply. “We’re looking for self starters. Most important is integrity. Take a Marine with integrity and multiply it 100 times. We want that Marine.”

A CI/HUMINT specialist is an intelligence job that combines the traditional fields of CI and Interrogator-Translator. This job requires Marines to collect information from people, and to conduct interrogations and strategic debriefings. Also, they analyze intelligence, and translate documents and produce intelligence reports on terrorism, espionage, sabotage and subversion activity.

In order to be eligible, Marines must:

• Be a first-term corporal or sergeant. Lance corporals, staff sergeants and above will be considered on a case-by-case basis

• Have a General Technical score of 110 or above

• Be a U.S. citizen

• Have a good performance record

• Be eligible for a top secret security clearance

• Take the Defense Language Aptitude Battery test

• Reenlist or extend to have three years obligated service upon completion of the 17-week CI/HUMINT school

• Be a male at least 21 years old

• Be willing to submit to a polygraph examination

After an applicant has been screened for these requirements, he must appear in front of a board comprised of CI/HUMINT Marines. This board evaluates the applicant’s suitability for the CI/HUMINT field. Marines recommended by the board need to speak with their unit’s career retention specialist.

Marines have opportunities to attend or receive training in:

• Jump school

• Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) oriented training

• Foreign language training

• Advanced photography classes

• Surveillance and counter surveillance

• Technical surveillance countermeasures

• Survival Evasion Resistance Escape school (SERE)

According to Taylor, if a Marine is looking for variety in a career and has an adventurous spirit, this job might be for him. “No two missions are the same. These Marines will be gathering valuable information that will help protect Marines and drive Marine Corps operations.”

For more information, Marines can contact their unit’s career retention specialist or CI/HUMINT chief.

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