Enlisted Issues: CINCOS
In June 1996, the Army initiated a "Change in NCO Structure" (CINCOS) to enhance career progression and support for the career management fields (CMFs) and military occupational specialties (MOSs). The Office of the Chief of Military Intelligence (OCMI) conducted an extensive review of the MI enlisted force structure and recommended changes to the Army leadership in support of this action.
Key MI organizations participated in a task force (TF) to assist in this review. The TF included representatives from division-, corps-, and army-level MI units as well as from the Department of the Army (DA) Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Forces Command, Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), and Special Forces and Special Operations Command.
The commanding general's guidance was to change the Army's current system of MOSs and grades to meet our evolving mission requirements and to maintain a healthy MOS career progression pattern. This resulted in noncommissioned officer (NCO) grade reductions in some organizations and upgrades in others. Overall, CINCOS reduces MI NCO grade content from 68 percent to 51 percent. The resulting MI proposal significantly improves our enlisted structure by modifying the number of NCO positions at each grade.
On 2 July 1997, the Chief of Staff of the Army approved all CINCOS proposals (except Infantry's) and accelerated their implementation to 1 October 1998. Consequently, the implementation process has begun. All changes and implementation procedures are in the publication, Notification of Future Change, published in July 1997 by U.S. Total Army Personnel Command (PERSCOM). It is impossible to address every MI position affected by CINCOS. However, in this article, I will provide a synopsis of the key changes in each CMF.
CMF 33. CINCOS reduces CMF 33 NCO grade content from 64 percent to 49 percent. Currently, the CMF is overstructured at the staff sergeant (SSG) through the sergeant first class (SFC) grades and is understructured at sergeant (SGT). This imbalance is due primarily to the large number of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command instructor authorizations. CINCOS authorizes SGTs to serve as platform instructors in an effort to alleviate this problem. CINCOS also combines MOSs 33R (Aviation Systems Repairer), 33T (Tactical Systems Repairer), 33Y (Strategic Systems Repairer), and 33Z (Electronic Warfare/Intercept Systems Maintenance Supervisor) into one MOS--33W (Electronic Warfare/Intelligence Systems Repairer). This change is due primarily to the declining requirement for component-level repairers. Soldiers currently in CMF 33 will convert to MOS 33W by the end of next summer.
CMF 96. CINCOS reduces CMF 96 NCO grade content from 68 percent to 52 percent. The most positive aspect of CINCOS for CMF 96 is the increase in grade structure in combat organizations.
CINCOS makes the following changes in MOS 96B (Intelligence Analyst):
- Armor, Infantry, and Aviation brigade S2 NCOs in charge (NCOIC) positions will be upgraded from SSG to SFC.
- Battalion S2 positions will be upgraded from SGT to SSG.
- Analysis and Control Team (ACT) NCOIC positions in the MI Battalion Direct Support Company will be upgraded from SGT to SSG.
- Analysis and Control Element (ACE) NCOIC positions at division will transfer from MOS 98Z (Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Senior Sergeant) to 96B at the grade of master sergeant (MSG).
- All positions in the all-source production and collection management (CM) sections at division and below will transfer from various other MOSs to MOS 96B.
- TROJAN SPIRIT (Special Purpose Integrated Remote Intelligence Terminal) responsibility will transfer from MOS 98C (SIGINT Analyst) to MOS 96B.
CINCOS deleted MOS 97G (Multidiscipline Counterintelligence (MDCI) Analyst). The erosion of the MOS 97G missions had caused the MOS to be too small to offer a viable career path. MOS 97G functions will transfer to other MOSs. MOS 96B will assume 97G positions in the all-source production section at division and corps. Battlefield deception (BAT-D) authorizations will transfer to the ACE?there is no longer a separate BAT-D mission. MOS 97B (Counterintelligence Agent) will assume MOS 97G positions in counterintelligence/human intelligence and MDCI sections. All counter-SIGINT positions will transfer to MOs 98K (Signals Collection/Identification Analyst).
CMF 98. CINCOS reduces CMF 98 NCO grade content from 68 percent to 52 percent. CINCOS also includes significant force structure changes in CMF 98.
MOS 98D (Emitter Locator/Identifier) will merge with MOS 98H (Communications Interceptor/Locator). All soldiers currently in MOS 98D will convert to MOS 98H. The U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca (USAIC&FH) will provide transition training for soldiers currently in MOSs 98D and 98H.
MOS 98Z will convert to either MOS 98C, 98G (Voice Interceptor), 98H (Communications Locator/Interceptor), 98J (Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) Interceptor/Analyst), or 98K at the grade of MSG. Soldiers who are currently 98Z MSGs will revert back to their feeder MOSs. DA will continue to promote CMF 98 soldiers to 98Z at the grade of SGM. As we become increasingly technology-based, this will help ensure that soldiers with the right MOSs and skills are placed in the right positions. It also parallels the current CMF 96 career progression pattern.
ASI 1F. CINCOS establishes additional skill identifier (ASI) 1F, All-Source Analysis System (ASAS) Master Analyst. This ASI is authorized for MOS 96B and 98C in grades SSG through MSG. It supports positions in the ACE at division, corps, and echelons above corps. USAIC&FH has established an ASAS Master Analyst Branch (AMAB) within the Directorate of Operations, Training, and Doctrine to manage the program. The AMAB published initial specific details on this program in the July-September 1997 issue of MIPB (see page 13) and will provide updates on a quarterly basis (page 39 of this issue).
CINCOS will certainly create some turmoil in the MI Force over the next two to three years. However, the improvement in structure and career opportunities will make it well worth the effort.
The points of contact (POCs) for all information pertaining to CINCOS are Sergeant Major Patricia York, OCMI Chief Career Manager NCO, or SFC Taylor. You can contact them at (520) 533-1174, DSN 821-1174, or via E-mail at [email protected]WO Professional Development
The initial publication of DA Pamphlet 600-11, Warrant Officer Professional Development, dated 30 December 1996, has been distributed. It discusses warrant officer (WO) history, promotions, education, evaluations, career management, and leader development. The senior WO in each unit or agency should have a copy available to advise the commander on WO issues and to counsel junior WOs. This pamphlet, along with the provisions of the Warrant Officer Management Act and the Warrant Officer Leader Development Action Plan, forms the backbone of warrant officer utilization and career management. Changes or updates to WO actions may also be found on the WO Career Center (http://leav-www.army. mil/wocc/) and the 326th MI Battalion (http://huachuca-usaic. army.mil/miwarrant/) websites.
The POC for all WO issues is Chief Warrant Officer Five Rex Williams, OCMI WO Professional Development Manager. Readers can reach him at (520) 533-1183, DSN 821-1183, and by E-mail at williamsx@huachu ca-emh1.army.mil.Commissioned Officers' NSDP ASI
The National Systems Development Program (NSDP) is a one-year training program that results in the award of an ASI (designation to be determined). Its objective is to educate officers on the capabilities and limitations of national "overhead" systems, collection management, and the leveraging of these technologies in support of decisionmakers at all levels. The introduction of the Army's Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (TENCAP) program and the additional emphasis on support to the military from the national intelligence organizations have developed an increased demand for Army officers who understand "overhead" capabilities. To meet this demand, INSCOM created the NSDP. Future assignments for NSDP graduates should be focused on specific positions which require their developed skills.
Currently, PERSCOM (with assistance from INSCOM) is hand-managing the pool of NSDP-trained officers. The OCMI has submitted a package requesting establishment of an ASI to PERSCOM, where it is currently undergoing review. Once the ASI is approved, commanders will be informed of the new ASI, and assignment and tracking procedures for the program will be formalized. The ASI will also enable units to identify specific positions within organizations which require NSDP training so that NSDP graduates will have the opportunity to hone their skills in a valid utilization tour.
A DA board selects officers for the program. Training includes classroom instruction and site orientations. Training is modified for each officer, based on his or her previous education, to meet the requirements of the NSDP. The POC for the program is Captain John Cooper, OCMI. You can reach him via E-mail at [email protected] mil and telephonically at (520) 533-5528 and DSN 821-5528.
Major General Charles W. Thomas, Commander, USAIC&FH, hosted the 1997 MI Hall of Fame (HOF) Induction Ceremony on 27 June 1997. The induction ceremony was the highlight of activities that lasted two days and culminated with the MI Birthday Ball on Friday evening.
Four new HOF members were inducted this year. They are--Sergeant First Class Benjamin T. Hodge (deceased), Master Sergeant Roy H. Matsumoto, SIES-5 James D. Davis, and Major General John F. Stewart, Jr. They were profiled in the April-June 1997 issue of MIPB.
During the ceremonies, the Colonel Carl F. Eifler Sports Plaza was dedicated in honor of a living legend who recruited, organized, trained, and led Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Detachment 101, the "Kachin Raiders," in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II.
The annual gathering of MI professionals was once again a huge success. The Honorary Colonel of the MI Corps, Brigadier General George J. Walker (U.S. Army, Retired), and the Honorary Sergeant Major of the MI Corps, Command Sergeant Major David Klehn (U.S. Army, Retired), also participated in the festivities. The esprit, enlightenment, and entertainment that were part of the HOF activities were enjoyed by all.
The POC for HOF activities is Mr. James Chambers, OCMI. Readers can reach him via E-mail at [email protected] and telephonically at (520) 533-5528 and DSN 821-5528.