Signals Intelligence/Ground Electronic Warfare (SIGINT/EW) Officers command and/or lead SIGINT/EW units in tactical information gathering operations and activities in support of identified collection requirements. SIGINT/EW Officers advise commanders and staffs on the employment of SIGINT and EW assets in support of information gathering and information operations and activities. Through the Intelligence Officer, they also support the overall intelligence effort of the command.
Are there any prerequisites to becoming a Signals Intelligence/Electronic Warfare Officer
(1) Must meet SCI eligibility guidelines based on a SSBI/T5 Investigation.
(2) Intelligence MOS Marines are required to have a DLAB test score on file in their OMPF. Intelligence MOS Marines that score above 100 on the DLAB may be designated to attend formal language training. There is no minimum DLAB score required before being assigned the 0206 PMOS. Intelligence Officers will be administered the DLAB before being assigned the 0206 PMOS.
(3) Must be willing to submit to a CI Scope Polygraph Exam.
Where do I go after TBS?
After TBS, officers must complete the 45 day Tactical Intelligence Officer Course (TIOC) at MCIS aboard the NAS Oceana Dam Neck Annex, VA. TIOC is a prerequisite for the 0203, 0204, 0206, and 0207 MOSs and is designed to train Marine Officers in the combat, operational, and administrative skills required of an Intelligence Officer in the Operating Forces. The learning objectives are achieved through reading doctrinal publications, policy, and emerging concepts followed by guided discussion, informal lectures, or group practical application instructional methodologies.
Following TIOC, officers must complete the 133 day Signals Intelligence Officer Course (SIOC) at MCIS aboard the NAS Oceana Dam Neck Annex, VA. The purpose of the course is to train direct accession Marine Officers entering the Signals Intelligence Officer MOS in the combat, operational, logistical, communications, and administrative tasks required of a SIGINT Officer serving in the Radio Battalions or as a Radio Battalion Detachment Officerin- Charge (OIC) supporting MAGTF requirements. The course provides instruction on: tactical communications and tactical communications gear; introduction to intelligence; EW; SIGINT organizations; SIGINT collection assets; national-to-tactical information flow; MCPP and Rapid Response Planning Process (R2P2); basic intelligence planning and SIGINT related planning; limited cyberspace operations; and reporting, sanitization, and dissemination.
What is it like being a Signals Intelligence/Electronic Warfare Officer?
A typical first tour assignment for a SIGINT/EW Officer is within a Radio Battalion as part of the CE of the MAGTF. There is one Radio Battalion subordinate to MIG: 1st Radio Battalion aboard MCB Camp Pendleton, CA (I MIG); 2nd Radio Battalion aboard MCB Camp Lejeune, NC (II MIG); and 3rd Radio Battalion aboard MCB Hawaii Kaneohe Bay, HI (III MIG). Billets typically include SIGINT Support Team (SST) Platoon Commander, Electronic Warfare Support Team (EWST) Platoon Commander, Light Armored Vehicle – Electronic Warfare (LAV-EW) Team Platoon Commander, Radio Reconnaissance Team (RRT) Platoon Commander, Company Executive Officer, and/or Current/Future Operations Officer.
Recommended reading for Signals Intelligence/Electronic Warfare Officers
Anticipating Surprise: Analysis for Strategic Writing. Cynthia M. Grabo
The Secrets War for the Union: The Untold Story of Military Intelligence in the Civil War. Edwin C. Fishel
Intelligence and Military Operations. Michael I. Handel
Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction. Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner
The Interrogator: The Story of Hanns Joachim Scharff, Master Interrogator of the Luftwaffe. Raymond F. Toliver
– 0203: Ground Intelligence Officer (1stLt to 2ndLt) PMOS
– 0204: Counterintelligence/Human Source Intelligence Officer (1stLt to 2ndLt) PMOS
– 0205: Master Analyst (CWO5 to WO) PMOS
– 0207: Air Intelligence Officer (1stLt to 2ndLt) PMOS
– 0210: Counterintelligence/Human Source Intelligence Operations Officer (CWO5 to WO) PMOS
– 0211: Counterintelligence/Human Source Intelligence Specialist (MSgt to Cpl) PMOS
– 0212: Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) Specialist (MSgt to Sgt) NMOS (0211)
– 0231: Intelligence Tactics Instructor (MSgt to Sgt) NMOS (0211, 0231, 0241, 0261)
– 0233: Intelligence Tactics Instructor (LtCol to 2ndLt), (CWO5 to WO), and (MSgt to Sgt) NMOS (0202, 0203, 0204, 0205, 0206, 0207, 0210, 0211, 0231, 0241, 0261, 2602)
– 0241: Imagery Analysis Specialist (MSgt to Sgt) PMOS
– 0261: Geographic Intelligence Specialist (MSgt to Pvt) PMOS
– 0271: Aviation Intelligence Specialists (GySgt to Pvt) NMOS (0231)
– 0277: Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Intelligence Officer NMOS (LtCol to 2ndLt) and (CWO5 to WO) NMOS (0202, 0203, 0204, 0205, 0206, 0207, 0210, 2602)
– 0277 Weapons and Tactics Intelligence (WTI) Intelligence Marine (MGySgt to Pvt) NMOS (0211, 0231, 0241, 0261, 0291, 2611, 2621, 2629, 2631, 2641, 2651, 2691)
Sources/Credits: Please note that the information above was derived from and in most cases taken directly from the “Marine Officer MOS Assignment Handbook”. The Basic School. Camp Barrett. March 3, 2019. All credit goes to the great staff at TBS for putting this together.
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