Intelligence Corps

Soldier. Leader. Analyst.

The Intelligence Corps are responsible for information gathering and intelligence analysis. Modern military operations are dependant on the provision of highly accurate and timely intelligence. To provide this, our analysts are embedded in all parts of the Military to ensure that the Army's operations are successful. Although we are one of the smallest parts of the Army, our analysts have a monumental impact on decision making straight out of training.

Soldier First

All of our analysts are soldiers first. You will complete basic training and throughout your career maintain your shooting, fitness, and ability to live and operate in austere conditions.

You will have access to all the advantages of being a soldier - free gym; paid sports and adventurous training; cheap accommodation - as well as being a professional analyst.

Being a soldier first means that you are highly deployable. Unlike your counterparts in civilian intelligence, you will have the opportunity to spend a large part of your career abroad on operations or exercises.

Whether you are working from an office, a forward operating base, or a trench, we support Commanders at the point of decision making. That means that if they go forward and into the fight, so will you.

Lead from the Start

We are one of the only parts of the Army where all of our soldiers achieve the rank of Lance Corporal during their initial specialist training.  This means that you will begin your career already on the first step of the promotion ladder.  This equates to an approx. £7,000 increase in annual pay from the moment you complete training.

This will give you the confidence and credibility straight out of training to add real value to operational planning using your analytical skills.

Being an Intelligence Analyst means having the moral courage to present facts and analysis under pressure - even if that means telling a Senior Leader that they may be wrong.

Intelligence is about saving lives, and that comes with the added responsibility and reward of earning that coveted first stripe a lot earlier than your peers across the Army.

Making a difference

Problem solving, pattern recognition, prediction, insight.

The use of analytical tools to turn information into useful intelligence is our core skill.  This is varied work - finding a terrorist leader, supporting humanitarian work, predicting enemy movements, or something else entirely.

You can choose three career paths:

  • Operator Military Intelligence.  Our primary trade, supporting the Army, Defence, and UK Special Forces.  You can remain in all-source analysis or specialise in a particular area of intelligence.
  • Operator Technical Intelligence.  A specialist trade focusing on Signals Intelligence, Cyber, or Languages.  Much of this work supports covert and sensitive operations.
  • Intelligence Officer.  Balance analysis with team management and leadership.  Like all other officers, you must first attend the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and then be selected for Intelligence duties.

You are entering a highly sought after profession where we will give you the opportunity to earn graduate and postgraduate qualifications throughout your career.

our skills


Our analysts often specialise and become experts in a field.  Whichever path you choose, look forward to becoming an in-demand expert having an impact on real-life operations.

  • Operational Intelligence
  • Counter Intelligence and Security
  • Imagery Intelligence
  • Signals Intelligence (incl. linguist work)
  • Human Intelligence
  • Cyber Intelligence
  • Open Source Intelligence
  • Material and Personnel Exploitation

Our Stories

I went home each night knowing that I had made a real difference. All this for someone twenty years old. Sophie, 20

Learning a language to make a difference

I spent the first two years of my Intelligence career in training - first learning the basics of being a soldier and then specialising in Signals Intelligence and the Pashto language.

My first job was using my language and analytical skills to provide real-time warning to deployed troops. We provided soldiers on the ground with up-to-the-second intelligence from enemy communications so that Commanders could make informed decisions.

The work was incredibly exciting and high tempo. Every day was different and you didn't know what was going to happen on the way into work each morning. I could see that my work had immediate real world effect - identifying threats to soldiers on the ground and warning them in time to prevent casualties.  

Even though I was UK based, I went home each night knowing that I had made a real difference. All this for someone twenty years old and only a few months out of training - it was incredibly rewarding.



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It was humbling... what an incredible amount of influence for someone just out of training Jay, 24

Finding a Taliban Explosives Factory

While in Afghanistan in 2013, I deployed attached to the Infantry. The local Afghans we were supporting were taking heavy casualties from Taliban Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Two months in to the tour, we identified a potential explosives factory.

At first we thought it was a drugs lab, and for six weeks we painstakingly developed the intelligence picture. Eventually we were sure the building was being used by the Taliban to create IEDs, and developed the intelligence to plan a raid.

Once the door was kicked in, we found piles of explosives, ammunition, wires, and ball bearings. Everything needed to cause devastation in the local community.

Hearing the reports of what was found, we felt pretty awesome. We'd provided something really positive to the area. No one will ever know for sure the extent of the effect we had, but we know that we probably saved lives and prevented people from being killed or maimed. That's enough for me.

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Past to Present

Tracing its history back to Wellington's Peninsula Campaign, the Intelligence Corps was formally established with the consent of King George V on 15 July 1940. Ever since it has deployed in support of every British operation, from the jungles of Malaya to the deserts of Iraq.

  1. Pre-First World War

    Ad hoc groups are formed for wars but no formal organisation exists.  MI5 is formed in 1909 and MI6 in 1912.

  2. First World War

    A rag tag collection of specialised civilians forms the first 'Intelligence Corps', which is disbanded in 1918.

  3. 19 July 1940

    King George V formally agrees to the Intelligence Corps' formation.

  4. Second World War

    Intelligence support to all elements of the British Army.  Notably significant numbers joined the SOE and Commandos, often fighting behind enemy lines.

  5. 1947-2001

    A major role in counter intelligence and espionage during the Cold War.  As well as Russia focused work, the Corps was also heavily involved in Northern Ireland and deployed in over a dozen conflicts from the Korean War to the Falklands.

  6. 2001 - present

    Developed a reputation for excellence in Counter-Insurgency, supporting Britain's counter-terrorism efforts in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Africa, and Asia. The Corps continues to support the British Army on all of their operations.

Our locations

  • Intelligence Corps HQ

    Chicksands, Shefford, Bedfordshire, SG17 5PR Telephone: 01462 752135

  • 1 MI Battalion HQ

    1 Military Intelligence Headquarters is based in Catterick, but it also has units in Colchester and York. The Battalion provides Military Intelligence support to the Army's High Readiness and Adaptable Forces, to the Firm Base and other specified Joint and Defence capabilities.

  • 2 MI Battalion HQ

    2 Military Intelligence Headquarters is based in Upavon, but it also has units in Abingdon and Northern Ireland. The Unit’s mix of capabilities are unique in the Army, Defence and wider Government. The Battalion is focused on two main areas: Material and Personnel Exploitation (MPE) and Counter Intelligence (CI).

  • 3 MI Battalion HQ

    3 Military Intelligence Battalion is an Army Reserve unit under the operational command of 1 Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade within Force Troops Command and is based in London and Cambridge. 020 7611 3912

  • 4 MI Battalion HQ

    4 Military Intelligence Headquarters is based in Bulford, but it also has units in Aldershot, Dorset and Germany. The Battalion provides Military Intelligence Close Support and delivers the Counter Intelligence/Security component to Op ASSERT within boundaries in order to enable the find and understand functions within the Land Component.

  • 5 MI Battalion HQ

    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. Tel: 0131 310 5744

  • 6 MI Battalion HQ

    6 Military Intelligence Battalion is an Army Reserve unit under the operational command of the 1st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade, within the Field Army. Tel: 0161 2573377

  • 7 MI Battalion HQ

    7 Military Intelligence Battalion is an Army Reserve unit under the operational command of the 1st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Brigade, within the Field Army. Tel: 01985 223713

  • Land Intelligence Fusion Centre

    LIFC provides fused, multi-disciplinary intelligence in support of Land Forces in the home base and on operations.

  • Defence Intelligence Fusion Centre

    Multi-disciplinary Task Groups at DIFC use data and reporting from various sources, together with other advanced technologies, to provide critical information to tactical, operational and strategic decision makers.

  • Joint Intelligence Training Group

    OCdts and Soldiers who join the Intelligence Corps will complete various training courses at Chicksands. Chicksands is the ‘Home’ of the Intelligence Corps.

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