INT CORPS training begins with individuals learning basic soldiering skills before going on to complete a 22-week course at the Joint Intelligence Training Group (JITG) at Chicksands in Bedfordshire.
When you join the INT 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.
You will then undergo your INT CORPS training JITG. This will give you 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 INT CORPS.
At no point in your career will you stand still. There will always be the opportunity to learn something new. If you are naturally curious and love to learn, the INT CORPS could be your perfect job.
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.
Upon successful completing the activities at the Assessment Centre you will be invited to attend a three day INT CORPS Specialist Selection at Chicksands. Your Candidate Support Manager will issue you with the joining instructions prior to your selection date
On the INT CORPS Specialist 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
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.
Operator Military Intelligence (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.
Operator Technical Intelligence (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.
On completion of your training both OPMIs and OPTIs will join their new unit as a Lance Corporal. The average time in each rank is three years, and you could normally expect promotion to Corporal during your first tour. For those who become Senior NCOs and wish to become Warrant Officers you will be expected to work in a supervisory capacity, where you will be responsible for the training and welfare of junior soldiers.
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.
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.
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:
Upon completion of the OFMI course you will be posted to your first Intelligence Corps Unit.