Enlisted. The overall percentage of fill for MI enlisted military occupational specialties (MOSs) remains a critical concern. Current Army operational strength, the fill priority average, and noncommissioned officer (NCO) shortages continue to produce low numbers in the force. The steps we have taken recently to increase recruiting, reduce academic attrition, and improve overall retention rates for MI solders should increase the total number of soldiers available.
Additionally, we will have a dramatic increase in enlisted promotions to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant beginning in February, and we expect the trend to continue at the senior NCO-level later this year. If we are able to buy back some of the NCOs we lost in the latest Change in NCO Structure (CINCOS) review, we intend to look first at the tactical force. We strongly support demands for increased Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC) seats to alleviate the backlog of promotable Specialists and their subsequent advancement to Sergeant. We will continue to work closely with field units, U.S. Army Recruiting Com- mand, U.S. Army Personnel Command, and the Army Staff to improve the quantity and quality of our MI professional enlisted force.
Warrant Officer. In January, a military occupational classification and structure (MOCS) change requested consolidation of warrant officer MOS 352D and 352H. The new MOS, 352H (Communications Interceptor/Locator Technician) derives from the enlisted MOSs, 98D (Emitter Locator/Identifier) and 98H (Communi- cations Locator/Interceptor), which consolidated into MOS 98H last year. The consolidated MOS should take effect in October 1999. Personnel Command will monitor assignments within the new MOS to ensure the proper skills fill the correct position until the new accessions are trained in both areas.
Officer. To correct the shortage of company grade imagery intelligence, signals intelligence, and counterintelligence officers in the MI Corps for the last few years, all Captains graduating from the advanced course will complete a track course. As a result, the 304th MI Battalion increased training for these specialties in 1999. MI will produce more than double the number of graduates in these specialties than it did in 1998. In addition, the U.S. Army Intelligence Center is developing an MI Officer Comprehensive Training Strategy designed to improve officer training.
Work continues for the new functional area (FA) 34 (strategic intel- ligence) and the information operations career field. All field grade 35B (strategic intelligence) posi- tions in the Active Component have been recoded to FA34. The 35B positions coded for captains have been recoded for 35D (all source intelligence).
Force Structure. In December, as a precursor to the National Guard Bureau-sponsored G2/ Commanders Conference held at Fort Huachuca, table of organization and equipment (TOE) analysts from all echelons met with National Guard unit representatives. The analysts reviewed each units latest Modified TOE (MTOE) line-by- line. Over the last several months, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) representatives and Office of the Chief of Military Intelligence (OCMI) TOE analysts have reviewed current TOEs with the objective of identifying obsolete items of equipment.
In addition, we have facilitated the submission of the proposed reorganization of the Technical Intelligence (TI) Battalion to the TRADOC Force Design Directorate as a part of the Force Design Update 98-2. This organizational redesign combines and reduces the size of the unit. The major portion of the TI capability will reside in the Reserve Component, while a small Active Component structure will allow for early deployment into a theater to begin the collection of foreign equipment and to establish the Joint Captured Materiel Exploitation Center.
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