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Intelligence Specialist (IS)



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IS_rating_symbolGeneral Description
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.

What They Do
The duties performed by IS' 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 (IS) perform most of their duties in an office or watch environment.  They work closely with other Information Warfare Community Enlisted ratings such as CT and IT, 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' serve on board ships, aviation squadrons, support Naval Special Warfare and Expeditionary Warfare as well as shore-based intelligence operations centers located in the continental United States and overseas.

Rating Entry Requirements

  • ASVAB: VE + AR + MK + GS >= 215 (No waivers authorized)
  • Must have normal color perception
  • For qualifying Sailors wishing to request forced, lateral or PACT conversion please forward the following items in one .pdf to 
    • ​1306 requesting forced, lateral or PACT conversion to IS
    • PRIMS readout
    • Three record evaluations (if the Sailor hasn't had three, forward evaluations they hold)
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret/SCI clearance (SSBI Tier 5 investigation)
    • Upon conditional approval of conversion, ECM will notify the qualified Sailor that a pre-screening interview (PSI) will be conducted with the applicable Regional Special Security Officer (RSSO) prior to full approval for conversion

College Credit
The American Council on Education recommends that semester hour credits be awarded in the vocational certificate and lower division bachelor's/associate's degree categories for courses taken in this rating on applied mathematics basic photography, computer concepts, drafting and design, technical writing and office practices.

Contact Information
IS TECHAD: (901) 874-2880

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