Intelligence Corps Career Paths

There are three career paths in the Intelligence Corps:

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.

Operator Military Intelligence (OPMI)

Operational Intelligence (OPINT)

The intelligence required to plan and conduct campaigns at the operational level. In OPINT you will have access to multiple sources of intelligence which can be fused together to form the intelligence picture. From this you will be responsible for potentially identifying targets, learning an enemy’s capabilities and making assessments on their likely next moves.  Throughout you will be directly keeping the mission Commander updated - either in person and in 'the field', or at reach.

Many opportunities exist within OPINT, for example deploying with the infantry providing intelligence support as part of a CRISIS RESPONSE TEAM in the Caribbean.

Counter Intelligence (CI)

Identifying threats to national security from hostile intelligence services, organisations, or individuals who are engaged in espionage, sabotage, subversion, terrorism or other non-traditional threats and advise on how to counter them.

CI is a diverse discipline with roles ranging from OPEN-SOURCE INTELLIGENCE and SURVEILLANCE to COUNTER-SABOTAGE.

Human Intelligence (HUMINT)

Human Intelligence is derived from information collected on, or provided by, covert intelligence human sources and individuals of intelligence interest. Whether it is identifying an individual holding vital intelligence or advising a commander about a potential ambush; HUMINT ANALYSTS can provide critical and timely intelligence to the commander, at home and abroad.

Imagery Intelligence (IMINT)

The exploitation and assessment of imagery acquired by a variety of sensors carried by air, space, ground or sea platforms, combined with information from other intelligence disciplines and sources.

IMINT ANALYSTS are highly skilled operators able to confirm or deny possible routes in and out of hostile locations, identify facilities and key infrastructure, and much more.

Interested in working with UAVs, supporting infantry ground operations or uncovering a strategic development?  A specialism in IMINT may be for you.

Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)

Information derived from electronic emissions and data.  You may be looking at the intercepted messages themselves, or the associated metadata.

Typically, OPMI soldiers serving in a SIGINT role are attached to 14 Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare). Here, Intelligence Corps soldiers often serve in mixed Signals-Intelligence troops, deployed in small teams to conduct tactical Electronic Warfare.  The team's intelligence analyst will focus on real-time assessment - for instance identifying if a friendly patrol is about to be ambushed or working out how an adversary is structured.


Material and Personnel Exploitation (MPE)

The systematic collection, processing, and dissemination of intelligence obtained by specialist debriefing and the extraction of data from recovered material. A MPE ANALYST is trained in forensic exploitation of captured devices and evidence, such as media devices and weapon components. Analysis can establish enemy networks and information which can be rapidly fused with other information sources to provide vital intelligence to the commander.

Operator Technical Intelligence (OPTI)


The opportunity exists for INT CORPS personnel to be trained in the use of a number of different languages. Currently the major languages that the INT CORPS trains personnel in are Arabic, Farsi, and Russian. On completion of the 12-24 month duration language course the individual is then provided the opportunity to use their language in support of operational requirements.

"My role involves listening to intercepted enemy communications" Cpl Carter

Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)

SIGINT specialists glean information from enemy transmissions and use leading-edge technology to intercept anything from enemy radios to satellite communications.

SIGINT operators need to identify key elements of intelligence from within the vast array of transmissions that take place every day. In fact, the most sophisticated equipment in the world would be useless if it did not have a sharp thinking SIGINT operator to identify the important from among the worthless.

Once identified, intelligence from SIGINT sources is carefully analysed and quickly processed into a report and communicated to the operational commanders. SIGINT operators are often linguists, working quickly in real time to decode cryptic messages passed in a foreign language.

Cyber Threat Analysis

Military Intelligence Operators may be required to counter the cyber threat to the Army and the wider military environment.

This may be by identifying the source of potential and actual threats as part of a counter-intelligence team; by developing measures to mitigate the threat whether by technical means or revised operating procedures, or by ensuring that the security measures taken by the military to protect their Communications Infrastructure Systems (CIS) remain robust and fit for purpose.

Officer Military Intelligence (OFMI)

Officer Military Intelligence (OFMI)

Officers in the Intelligence Corps will lead small teams of analysts to collect, collate, process, and produce intelligence.

Intelligence Corps Officers will be in command of some of the most capable and highly motivated analysts in the British Army, regularly working in high-pressure environments to support real-time operational planning.

They will need to be robust and able to constantly challenge their soldier's assessments and thought processes, as well as being able to step in to the role of a lead analyst where necessary.