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Army Enlisted Job Descriptions and Qualification Factors

35L - Counterintelligence Agent

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Basic Job Description

Note: This is not an entry-level job.

The Counterintelligence Agent is primarily responsible for supervising and conducting counterintelligence surveys and investigations to detect, identify, assess, counter, exploit and neutralize adversarial, Foreign Intelligence Service and terrorist threats to national security.

Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:

Conducts security investigations, processes counterintelligence (CI) evidence, prepares and disseminates CI reporting of Force Protection information to all echelons. Provides CI services and support to force protection operations at all echelons. Participates in Counterintelligence Force Protection Source Operations (CFSO). Performs CI support to anti-terrorism operations. Operates recording and photographic equipment. Consolidates intelligence data, produces and maintains CI analytical products. Conducts liaison. Maintains CI files and databases. Maintains the friendly force, and Foreign Intelligence Services (FIS) threat CI databases.

Conducts sabotage, espionage, treason, and sedition investigations. Conducts liaison with foreign agencies. Plans and conducts counterintelligence investigations. Applies fundamentals of military and civil law. Detects, neutralizes, and exploits counterintelligence targets. Conducts low-level source operations. Conducts overt collection and non-technical operations and surveillance. Conducts counterespionage investigations and operations. Provides counterintelligence/Human intelligence support for multidiscipline counterintelligence products. Prepares counterintelligence reports and estimates.

Training Information

18 weeks, 4 days at at Fort Huachuca, AZ

ASVAB Score Required: ST score, of 105 or higher

Security Clearance: Top Secret

Strength Requirement: moderately heavy

Physical Profile Requirement: 222111

Other Requirements

  • Normal color vision required (waiver possible if individual can distinguish between GREEN, RED, and AMBER)
  • Must be US Citizen
  • Members of the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) must also be United States citizens.
  • Soldier and spouse must not have immediate family members who reside in a country within whose boundaries physical or mental coercion is known to be a common practice, either against persons accused of acting in the interest of the United States, or the relatives of such persons to whom they may reasonably be considered to be bound by ties of affection, kinship, or obligation. Near relatives will also include uncles, aunts, grandparents, father/mother-in-law, and relationships corresponding to any of the above persons as legal guardians or next of kin
  • Have neither commercial nor vested interests in a country within whose boundaries physical or mental coercion is known to be a common practice against persons acting in the interests of the United States. This requirement applies to the soldier’s spouse as well
  • Be of excellent character, discretion, and unquestionable integrity and loyalty to the United States
  • Never been a member of the U.S. Peace Corps
  • No record of conviction by court martial
  • No record of conviction by a civil court for any offense other than minor traffic violations
  • Must have normal night vision
  • Have 24 months to serve on active duty upon completion of the appropriate course of instruction at the US Army Intelligence School
  • Be a minimum age of 18 for award of MOS 97B10 and a minimum age of 21 for accreditation as a CI agent
  • Be free of mannerisms or other personal characteristics that might be the cause of undue notice or recognition (detrimental to CI duties)
  • A score of 89 on the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB), is desirable, but is not required. Successful completion of a Defense Language Institute (DLI) course and/or attaining a minimum rating of 2/2 in a foreign language is also desirable
  • Must have completed two years of active duty and not be barred to reenlistment
  • Must not be a bonus recipient (enlistment or re-enlistment bonus)
  • Must not have used, possessed, trafficked, or sold illegal or dangerous drugs, including marijuana
  • Possess good voice quality and be able to speak English without objectionable accent or speech impediments
  • Must be able to obtain military driver's permit to operate commercial and tactical vehicles up to 2 1/2 ton

Similar Civilian Occupations

There is no civilian occupation that is directly equivalent to MOS 35L. However, the following civilian occupations make use of the skills developed through MOS 35L training and experience.

  • Business Operations Specialists
  • Database Administrators
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Private Detectives and Investigators
  • Training and Development Specialists

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