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5 Military Intelligence

5 Military Intelligence Battalion is one of four Intelligence Corps Army Reserve units in the British Army. We are based in Scotland, the North East of England and Yorkshire. The Battalion is actively recruiting in all regions, at all ranks.

Who are we?

5 Military Intelligence Battalion (5 MI Bn) is an Army Reserve unit, part of the Intelligence Corps and under the Operational Command of the 1st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade. 5 MI Bn has its headquarters in Edinburgh, with sub-units / detachments located in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Gateshead, Leeds and Nottingham.

The Battalion supports the Army in 2 main ways. Firstly we recruit and train Military Intelligence soldiers and officers so that they are ready to deploy on operations. Secondly, using advanced military IT systems at our bases, we have the capability to conduct real-time intelligence work during training nights and weekends. This work then feeds back into the wider Defence Intelligence community, to help inform our commanders and enable them to make decisions about complex threats.

Recruit vacancies

We are looking for committed men and women to serve as officers and soldiers within 5 MI Battalion as Military Intelligence Operators, willing to give up their time to train and operate alongside the regular army, on exercise and operations.

In addition to recruiting people new to the Army as both soldiers and officers, we seek to recruit across the rank structure, where opportunities exist at all ranks. For personnel with the correct aptitude, we can accept transferees from other units within the Reserve Forces and from regular or ex-regular personnel.

All applicants interested in joining 5 MI Battalion go through a selection process to ensure that they have the right aptitudes and motivations for intelligence work. This applies to all new recruits and transferees, irrespective of rank. Exemptions apply to regular and ex-regular INT CORPS personnel who wish to join the Reserves.

5 MI Battalion also have a small number of vacancies for personnel from other cap badges, including military training instructors, Royal Signals personnel, military chefs, combat medics, and human resources specialists.

Enlistment requirements

Officers - You can apply to become a Reservist officer when you're 17 years and 9 months - ready to start when you turn 18. The last point that you can apply to join is when you're 48 years and 9 months

Soldiers - You can apply to become a Reservist soldier when you're 17 years and 9 months - ready to start when you turn 18. You can join until the day before your 50th birthday.

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. If there are any questions regarding a candidate's eligibility please call the recruiting officer.

Qualifications required

Officers - 180 UCAS Tariff points and 35 ALIS points (including GCSE English Language, Maths and either a Science or Foreign Language at grade C or above).


  • 5 x GCSEs at grade C or above
  • One must be in English language
  • Other four must be in academic subjects (Maths preferred but not essential. However, Maths numeracy level 2 is required).

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