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Readers Respond: Do You Have Experience in Field 35 - Military Intelligence?

Responses: 65


35N then secondary 35S

N's work all the info from P"s and a S is a P in a SF group without the language which in todays case for iraq and afghan they all have terps anyways. 35N will have the most success at civilian side with higher pay generally. shoot for a airborne packet and land urself in a group. best place to be in military
—Guest jordan


Hi have quistion , what asvav score or gt score require for 35p and if there is any bounce?
—Guest Lena

wich one.

I am really interested in intel but all the civilian jobs i research require a bachelor. Do you require this through training? And my lowest score was a 124 should i go air traffic control or intel please, or do u have any other suggestions. Please help.
—Guest prospect

wich one.

I am really interested in intel but all the civilian jobs i research require a bachelor. Do you require this through training? And my lowest score was a 124 should i go air traffic control or intel please, or do u have any other suggestions. Please help.
—Guest prospect


As an AD soldier, I'm close to completion at DLI, about to head off to GF, I can say that so far I've had no regrets. Learning a language in the timeframe provided is very challenging, but it can be done. I can't speak about the future, but from what I've done so far, I'm happy with my decision.
—Guest 35P Cali


I am an Army Retiree and was a 96C for 10 years and a DLI trained Russian and Korean linguist. My experiences were fantastic. I interrogated/debriefed both in Germany and Korea, and was an Interrogation Sr Instuctor at Ft Huachuca during my last 2 years service. I had some unbelievable assignments, hardly ever wore a uniform and was on my own much of the time. You must be outgoing, perceptive, have good discernment and be able to control the situation. Never used physical violence against a source. This is no doubt one of the best jobs one can have in the Army.

35L/97B is best

Had a great career in this specialty 11 in uniform 9 in a suit. Led to a great CI job with NASA which I've had for 10 years
—Guest Old CI Guy

99G/35P for 4 years, should have stayed.

I spent 4 years as a 98G (now 35P?). It was a great job, working with some of the smartest people the Army has. DLI was awesome, Goodfellow, not so much. Promotions come fast (mostly because of a chronic shortage of trained personnel), and the work is variable and challenging. If you have an aptitude for languages, DO IT. I wish now that I had stayed in.
—Guest 128

Never up TO&E numbers

I was a 96B(35F) and we never had enough personnel, highest stress occupation in the military and lost a whole bunch of people because they couldn't manage their money, alcohol or sex. Fantastic occupation! First female in a combat arms unit and deployed with 1200 guys.
—Guest femalesecretsquirrel

35M- today

Like most have said, the job can differ drastically depending on the mission. By the time I leave Afghanistan I will have had close to 400 interrogations. The work is challenging but it very fulfilling. When my enlistment is up, I will be accepted by one of those 3 letter agencies out there.
—Guest gatorREV


Does 35M still require a secret clearance or is it now a top secret?
—Guest jessdrew

35M mos

35M is not too difficult of a course, but when you reach the real army it may change. Depending on your unit you will do tons of interrogations, paper work, or be in the field with the locals. I see that many people say 10 percent or fewer do interrogations now. That is false. It depends on your unit and where you deploy too. I have done over 200 interrogations and in between I was outside the wire in the thick of things. I know friends in AIT that do not do many interrogations, but where I'm located I do many and go outside the wire. This MOS will take you many places and always be prepared to interrogate and fight with the 11b.
—Guest 35M expert

Experience in MOS Field 35 -

I spent 4 years as 98J, predecessor to 35S (1980-1984). First two years strategic then I went to Ft. Bragg. Still strategic even though the unit was tactical. I loved it. One of the few people I knew of all the 98 mos that actually did my job for my entire enlistment. Was ready to go to work for NSA but they stopped hiring because of a spy scandal. Would have been great.

35M Overview Opinion on Trends

35M does not do interrogations anymore, only a few people conduct them. It's not about how smart you are but how personable and adaptable. It is a tactical position and will go out on missions. Must be able to brief high ranking people and connect with the lowest of 11B. Also, you will deal with emotionally immature, young people who shouldn't be in this field and will deal with 35M3 that are, for the most part, all re-classed from other MOS due to the fact that most 35M do not stay enlisted in the MOS and lastly people who think they are the best (most are not, about 30% if that are any good at the job). A lot of doors will open for you with this job. At the tactical, FORSCOM level it truly sucks because you deal with people that think of you as a 2nd class soldier and do not understand what you do or why it is important (your collection will actually be used for CONOPS). On the other hand, it can lead to Title XVIII jobs (CIA, FBI, DIA, etc) and very profitable contracting jobs.
—Guest Anonymous

98J / 35S

I spent 8 years as 98J, predecessor to 35S (94-2002). First two years stratigic then I went airborne and spent 6 of those years in the 82nd working in the tactical side. As others have said this job can set your for your future. I left the army and worked as a contractor deploying 3 times ti Iraq, and once to Afghan. Now I'm working in Germany and make enough money to retire. Which ever 35 series you take, just work hard, learn your subject and do the best you can in every task. People will take notice.
—Guest Gundish

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