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The intelligence specialist (IS) performs a wide range of duties associated with the collection, analysis, processing, and dissemination of intelligence in support of Coast Guard operational missions.
Types of Duty:
These specialists are stationed throughout the Coast Guard, with most typically located at the Intelligence Coordination Center, maritime intelligence fusion centers, cryptologic units, air stations, sectors and districts.
The duties performed by an IS include: identifying and producing intelligence from raw information; assembling and analyzing multi-source operational intelligence; collecting and analyzing communication signals using sophisticated computer technology; providing input to and receiving data from multiple computerized intelligence systems; preparing and presenting intelligence briefings; preparing planning materials for operational missions, conducting mission debriefings, analyzing results, and preparing reports; preparing graphics, overlays, and photo/map composites; plotting imagery data using maps and charts; and maintaining intelligence databases, libraries and files.
Training begins with a 14 week specialized training at IS 'A' School in Yorktown, Va. Upon completion of 'A' School, many intelligence specialists will receive additional intelligence training through specialized 'C' schools. Advanced education intelligence programs are often available, including but not limited to, fully-funded college programs such as the masters of science in strategic intelligence.
To be an IS, you must be a U.S. citizen and are required to maintain a top secret clearance and sensitive compartmented information eligibility. You also must have normal color vision and hearing.