Branch Qualification

The question most frequently asked of the Officer Issues Branch in the Office of the Chief of Military Intelligence (OCMI) is "What does it take to be branch-qualified in MI?" Department of the Army (DA) Pamphlet 600-3, Commissioned Officer Development and Career Management, 8 June 1995, provides guidance on the official MI branch qualifications. The pamphlet describes-
Each level denotes duty positions which keep an officer on a competitive career path. The tremendous diversity of MI assignments at all levels allows for multiple successful career development paths. Ultimately, it is the goal of MI officer professional development to produce and sustain sufficient qualified officers to accomplish tactical, operational, and strategic intelligence assignments. The qualifications listed in Figure 1 are direct extracts from DA Pamphlet 600-3 for company- and field-grade officers.
MI Reserve Component (RC) officers have a different career development path because of varying duty position opportunities; however, RC MI officers should also pay close attention to the branch qualification standards found in DA Pamphlet 600-3. The RC intelligence officer will follow a life-cycle assignment pattern of professionally challenging and upwardly mobile intelligence assignments, culminating in senior intelligence officer status. Key intelligence positions within the RC are the same as for Active Component MI officers.
Career management for MI officers is a team effort that includes active participation by MI branch personnel at U.S. Total Army Personnel Command (PERSCOM), OCMI, and the career officer. All MI officers should take an active role in mapping out a successful career path by staying familiar with DA Pamphlet 600-3. With total participation and successful performance, a long and enjoyable career can be yours.
Point of contact: Captain Dannewitz, (520) 533-1180, DSN 821-1180, or PROFS dannewit@ for3083.

Warrant Officer Standards of Grade Tables

In April 1995, the MI warrant officer Standards of Grade (SOG) tables underwent revision as part of the Warrant Officer Leader Development Action Program II. The U.S. Army Force Integration Support Agency published the changes to the SOG in the Notice of Future Change (NOFC) W-9510-1 and also in the October 1995 update to DA Circular 611, Implementation of Changes to the Military Occupational Classification and Structure. MI commanders should review their authorization documents to assure their grading is in accordance with the SOG. Units must identify positions by rank (e.g., CW2, CW3, CW4, and CW5) instead of warrant, senior warrant, and master warrant officer. They must also enter additional skill identifiers (ASIs) and special qualification identifiers (SQIs); failure to do so may result in deletion of the ASI or SQI.
Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5) positions that appear on the revised SOG are now in the unit base table of organization and equipment documents. Units which should document MI CW5 positions include-
Units must document all CW5 positions prior to the end of fiscal year (FY) 1996. Failure to do so may result in reduction of MI CW5 authorizations.

Change to Warrant Officer Accession Prerequisites

Effective 1 November 1995, the following additional prerequisites are necessary for all personnel applying for appointment in warrant officer military occupational specialty (MOS) 350-series. Applicants must-
Applicants for positions in MOS 351B Counterintelligence Warrant Officer) with ASI G9 (Defense Against Sound Equipment), or P8 (Polygraph Operations) must state if they only wish consideration for accession to fill an authorization for MOS 351BW (Technical Surveillance Countermeasure Technician) or MOS 351BK (Polygraph Operator). These applicants will include the following statement: "I request that my application only be boarded for accession into the warrant officer program as a 351BK/351BW." If the applicants' DA Forms 61 do not include this statement and the board selects them, applicants will receive appointments as MOS 351B (Counterintelligence Warrant Officer) and assignment in accordance with the needs of the Army. Applicants should understand that by limiting themselves to accession as 351BKs or 351BWs they are reducing their chances for accession into the warrant officer program.

Warrant Officer Points of Contact

The following are key points of contact for warrant officers and prospective warrants: