Intelligence Corps training begins with learning basic soldiering skills before going on to complete a 22-week course at the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre (DISC) at Chicksands in Bedfordshire.
When you join the Intelligence Corps, your initial training will act as an introduction to the Army. There will be times when you may have to work in combat situations and your basic soldier training will give you a vital grounding.
Your Intelligence Corps training will begin with a 22-week course at the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre (DISC) at Chicksands in Bedfordshire.
As well as giving an introduction to the multi-specialist nature of Int Corps work, this stage of training provides a firm grounding in many of the skills needed for a career in the corps.
At no point in your career development will you stand still. You will always be learning something new. If you are naturally curious and love to learn and find things out, the Int Corps could have your perfect job.
Phase 1: Basic Training
You will conduct Phase 1 training at an Army Training Regiment (ATR). Upon successful completion of Phase 1 you will attend Phase 2 at Chicksands, Bedfordshire.
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 Intelligence 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.
Upon completion of Phase 2 training, Intelligence 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 Intelligence 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.