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Human Intelligence Collector (97E)

Intelligence and Combat Support Army MOS Information
  • Enlisted
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve

Having access to the correct information is absolutely necessary to plan for our national defense. Intelligence specialists, such as the Human Intelligence Collector(HUMINT), are integral to providing Army personnel with information about enemy forces and potential battle areas. Intelligence specialists use aerial photographs, electronic monitoring and human observation in order to gather and study information that’s required to design defense plans and tactics.

The Human Intelligence Collector is primarily responsible for supervising and conducting information collection operations. Some of your duties as a Human Intelligence Collector may include:

  • Assisting in the screening of HUMINT sources and documents
  • Conducting debriefings and interrogations of HUMINT sources in English and -foreign languages-
  • Translating written foreign material and captured documents into English
  • Preparing and editing appropriate intelligence and administrative reports
  • Utilizing CI/HUMINT reporting and communications equipment


Job training for a Human Intelligence Collector consists of nine weeks of Basic Training, where you’ll learn basic Soldiering skills, and nine to 24 weeks of Advanced Individual Training and on-the-job instruction, including practice in intelligence gathering. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field. Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Planning aerial and satellite observations
  • Preparing maps and charts
  • Analyzing aerial photographs
  • Preparing intelligence reports
  • Using computer systems

Helpful Skills:

Helpful attributes include:

  • An interest in reading maps and charts
  • An interest in or ability for foreign languages
  • An interest in gathering information and studying its meaning
  • An ability to organize information
  • An ability to think and write clearly

Advanced Responsibilities:

As an advanced level Human Intelligence Collector, you may also be involved in:

  • Reviewing and editing translations of foreign documents and materials for accuracy and completeness
  • Performing difficult interrogations and translations
  • Screening, assessing and debriefing (in foreign languages) refugees and defectors
  • Debriefing U.S. prisoner-of-war returnees and other friendly sources to obtain information for military intelligence
  • Conducting liaison in foreign language with host nation agencies
  • Interpreting foreign languages into English

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