Signals Intelligence Analyst (35N)
A signals intelligence analyst examines foreign communications/activity and relays that information by producing combat, strategic and tactical intelligence reports.
- Organize intercepted messages and isolate valid intelligence
- Identifying the target and operational patterns
- Maintain analytical working aids and databases
- Assist in the emplacement, camouflage and recovery of surveillance systems
- Prepare technical and tactical intelligence reports
Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.
Job training for a signals intelligence analyst requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 24 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and in the field.
Some of the skills you’ll learn are:
- Target identification and operational patterns
- Analyzing communications information using technical references
- Preparing technical and tactical intelligence reports
- Interest in working with radio equipment
- Enjoy finding clues that help answer questions
- Ability to remain alert doing repetitive tasks
Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.
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Future Civilian Careers
The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in certain government agencies such as the National Security Agency, as well as jobs in private electronic/communication companies.
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Army Job: 35N Signals Intelligence Analyst
These soldiers are the Army's ears, identifying and analyzing signals
Signals intelligence analysts are like the ears of the Army, listening for foreign communications and producing intelligence reports based on what they discover. This work can have a significant impact on strategy and tactical decisions.
The military occupational specialty (MOS) for this job is 35N. Those seeking this job should be interested in working with radio equipment and enjoy the detective aspects of the job, which involves finding clues to help answer questions.
Since the work can be repetitive, an ability to remain alert during slower periods also is helpful.
Soldiers in this MOS gather, sort and intercept messages, to identify valid intelligence and counterintelligence. They identify targets, maintain databases, work on camouflage and recovery of surveillance systems and prepare both technical and tactical intelligence reports based on their findings.
Training for MOS 35N
The job training for a signals intelligence analyst requires ten weeks of basic combat training and 18 weeks of advanced individual training (AIT). They'll divide that training time between the classroom and the field.
Some of the skills signals intelligence analysts will learn in training include the basics of target identification and their operational patterns and how to analyze communications information using technical references.
This job is closely related to MOS 35P, cryptologic linguist, which also interprets signals with the goal of creating intelligence reports.
But cryptologic linguists are expected to know a second language, not a requirement of MOS 35N.
Requirements for Signals Intelligence Analysts
In order to qualify for MOS 35N, soldiers will need an aptitude of at least 101 in the skilled technical (ST) area of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.
Since their job will involve dealing with highly sensitive information, recruits for this job will need to be able to qualify for top secret security clearance. This involves a lengthy background check that will look for past criminal activity or any financial irregularities. Past drug or alcohol abuse may be grounds for rejection from this MOS. And all soldiers in this job must have normal color vision.
Other requirements for this job include U.S. citizenship. There's also a requirement that soldiers in this MOS and their spouses can't have immediate family living in a country where physical or mental coercion is known to be a common practice." Recruits and their spouses also can't have a commercial interest or other vested interest in such a country.
Former members of the Peace Corps are not eligible for this MOS. The government wants there to be no perception that Peace Corps volunteers are working for or could work for intelligence agencies. It's possible that if a foreign government suspected the Peace Corps personnel were military agents or spies that their humanitarian work could be impeded, or worse, the volunteers might be endangered.
Anyone who's ever been convicted by a court-martial or has a record of conviction by a civil court (other than minor traffic violations) is also ineligible to serve in the Army as a signals intelligence analyst.
Similar Civilian Occupations to MOS 35N
This job can serve as preparation for post-military careers in government, such as the National Security Agency (NSA), or jobs in private communications organizations. And you'll be qualified for a variety of civilian jobs, including radio operator and interpreter.