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Intelligence Corps Opportunities

Although the Intelligence Corps is only a small Corps, there are many opportunities to participate in a wide variety of sporting and adventure training activities.

Officers and soldiers, both Regular and Reserve, must pass a Specialist Selection in order to serve in the Intelligence Corps. Regular Officer and solider selections will be held at Chicksands, with Reserve selection held at their regional headquarters. The detail below follows the selection process for Regular Officers and soldiers.

Potential reservists will have to reach the same benchmark as those on the Regular pathway, but incorporated into a separate Reserve Selection process. More information on this can be found on the specific Reserve Battalion pages.

Assessment Centre (AC)

Prior to basic training you will attend an Army Assessment Centre. This will test your suitability to be a soldier in the British Army. You will receive a grade from this assessment. For the INT CORPS candidates will require an A or B grade.

Intelligence Corps Special to Arm Selection

Upon successful completing the activities at the Assessment Centre you will be invited to attend a three day INT CORPS Special to Arm Selection at Chicksands. Your Candidate Support Manager will issue you with the joining instructions prior to your selection date.

On the INT CORPS Special to Arm Selection you will undergo numerous assessments including testing of written and verbal communication, current affairs, mental agility and the ability to work in a team. Your ability to attain the requisite security clearances will also be assessed.

If you are successful at this stage you will be offered employment in the INT CORPS.

You will not be able to conduct a familiarisation visit prior to your selection.

Phase One Training

All potential soldiers initially complete Phase 1 Military training. On completion of Phase 1 training INT CORPS soldiers move onto Phase 2 training for one of our two employment groups. Phase 2 training takes place at the Joint Intelligence Training Group (JITG), Chicksands, Bedfordshire.

Phase Two Training - OPMI

Phase 2 training is currently 22 weeks long. It is broken down into 15 weeks trade training, 7 weeks Command Leadership Management (CLM) package prior to a pass off parade. Following the pass off parade you will be promoted to Lance Corporal. With this initial higher rank you will receive more pay and the opportunity to promote much quicker than in other regiments and corps’ in the Army.

Your training will cover areas such as what intelligence is, the role of the INT CORPS and counter insurgency operations (COIN). You will receive an overview on various intelligence disciplines during your training, including Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) and Human Intelligence (HUMINT). You will also be taught techniques in gathering information, forming assessments, how to present and share data, and how to disseminate intelligence.

On completion of your training you will join you unit as a Lance Corporal.

Phase Two Training - OPTI

On completion of your Phase 1 training you will move to JITG in Bedfordshire. Here you will undergo a specialist analysis course, gaining the ability to use complex SIGINT systems, learning how to collect, analysis and interpret different types of communications. This is approximately 22 weeks long and includes a Command Leadership Management (CLM) package. You will likely undergo Language training; currently the languages are Arabic, Farsi and French, other languages such as Russian and Spanish are also available later on in your career.

Languages are taught by native language speakers and you will be mentored throughout the course by experienced military Linguists. As well as academic language training, a further facet to being a quality Linguist is the ability to understand the people, so cultural awareness and country-specific geography is taught throughout the course. Course lengths vary and can be up to 18 months long.

Further Training

Upon completion of Phase 2 training, INT CORPS personnel have the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree, via distance learning and in your own time, related to their Intelligence training. Later in your career there are opportunities to further your studies by completing an MA, again in your own time and via distance learning. This can be achieved via various Universities who recognise the value and experience of INT CORPS personnel.

There are opportunities for further training at your Unit, not just in intelligence, but in other military skills. These can include opportunities to become a military training instructor, teaching military skills to your Unit. You can also become an Adventure Training instructor or sports coach.

At Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS)

Within the first few weeks at RMAS you will meet members of the INT CORPS and have the opportunity to learn about a potential career as a INT CORPS Officer.

If you are interested in commissioning into the INT CORPS you will be invited to attend ‘INT CORPS Officer Selection’. This takes place during either Junior or Intermediate Term Regimental visits.

There are numerous assessments testing your written and verbal communication skill, your current affairs knowledge, your ability to work in a team and mental agility, your ability to think on your feet. Your ability to attain the requisite security clearances will also be assessed.

If you are successful you will be invited to attend the INT CORPS Regimental Selection Board held during Senior term at RMAS. Here you will have the opportunity to demonstrate why you should be offered a commission in the INT CORPS.

Officer Military Intelligence Course - OFMI

Following RMAS you will move to the Joint Intelligence Training Group (JITG) at Chicksands, Bedfordshire. The OFMI course will prepare you to undertake your first posting as an Intelligence Corps Officer. The Course will consist of:

  • Operational Intelligence (OPINT)
  • Analytical Techniques
  • Basic Protective Security
  • Exercise Phase
  • Exercise Allied Progress – conducted in Normandy

Upon completion of the OFMI course you will be posted to your first Intelligence Corps Unit.

All members of the Intelligence Corps must be able to gain enhanced security clearances in the form of Developed Vetting. There are no minimum nationality requirements for a security clearance and the fact that a person is not a British national is not, therefore, by itself a bar to security clearance.

Dual nationality is not a bar to application. Applicants should have been resident in UK for the last 10 years. Should you have any questions regarding eligibility please contact the Intelligence Corps Engagement Team or the NRC. The Intelligence Corps are not the authority for vetting, but we are able to use our experience to provide you with structured advice.

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