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Intelligence Specialist ... (Military - Enlisted)  What They Do

Just the Facts


Gathers and studies the information needed to design defense plans and tactics.

This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Security and Protective Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Performs military action involving the use of electromagnetic energy to determine, exploit, reduce, or prevent hostile use of the electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Studies foreign troop movements.
  • Operates sensitive radios to intercept foreign military communications.
  • Exploits imagery and geospatial data from satellite and airborne systems in support of military operations.
  • Participates in detecting, locating, tracking, and analyzing on ground targets, rotary wing, and slow moving fixed wing aircraft.
  • Conducts Information Operations using foreign language skills and advanced computer systems.
  • Prepares intelligence reports, maps, and charts.
  • Installs, operates, and conducts preventive maintenance of associated equipment and facilities..
  • Conducts investigations to detect, identify, assess, counter, exploit and neutralize threats to national security.
  • Collects human intelligence (HUMINT) by interviewing, interrogating, or otherwise interacting directly with human sources of information.
  • Transcribes, translates, and interprets foreign language materials and provides cultural and regional guidance.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Exposed to hazardous situations involving possible injury such as cuts, bites, stings, and minor burns more than once a month

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Moving the arms, legs and torso together when the whole body is in motion
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overnight travel