PROPONENT NOTES

OCMI Website

The Office of the Chief, Military Intelligence (OCMI) website, http: //huachuca-dcd.army.mil/ocmi/index.html, contains timely information on proponent issues ranging from enlisted career manage- ment field (CMF) overviews to warrant officer current and archived newsletters. We will update the website often, so please use it as a resource for the latest information on the Military Intelligence Corps.

Enlisted

MI will increase its participation in the Total Army Involvement in Recruiting (TAIR) program. The intent is to establish a framework from which Active Component (AC) MI battalions and brigades develop a habitual partnership with local area recruiting commands to increase the visibility of intelligence career fields with potential recruits. Each AC MI battalion has an opportunity to establish a partnership with its local area recruiting organizations.

We can provide these local recruiters with the personnel and resources necessary to inform potential new recruits on the exciting and diverse career fields available in MI. In late February, OCMI participated in an “Army Day” presentation at Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott, Arizona. The event provided information about the Army and specific MI career opportunities. Other participants included U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USAREC); 2/6th Air Defense Battalion, Fort Bliss, Texas; and representatives from the Army National Guard.

Warrant Officer

The accession goals for MI warrant officers for fiscal year 2000 (FY00) are out. MI accession boards for MI will be in July, September, and January. During one of those boards, the Army will admit warrant officers to all military occupational specialties (MOSs) except 352G (Voice Intercept Technician). The March 1999 board selected all accessions for 352G. We have a continuing need for applicants in all MOSs—with specific needs in MOS 351B (Counterintelligence Technician) and 351EKP (Human Intelligence Collection Officer, Korean Language Qualified). See USAREC’s new website at http: //www.usarec. army.mil for detailed instructions and the number to be selected for each MOS. Application forms and a checklist of all required items are also available on the website.

Officer

Implementation of Officer Personnel Management System (OPMS) XXI continues. In March 1999, the U.S. Total Army Personnel Command (PERSCOM) announced Career Field (CF) designations for Year Group (YG) 80 and will announce YG86 CF designations in late June. The YG89 board will meet in June 1999, and PERSCOM will announce the results in conjunction with the release of the majors’ promotion list in early September. OPMS XXI is on track to accomplish its goal of balancing MI authorizations with inventory during FY03.

As part of OPMS XXI, the U.S. Army created Functional Area (FA) 34, Strategic Intelligence Officer. Organizations should complete recoding all positions formerly coded 35B to FA34 before May 1999. FA34 is among the top choices of MI officers selecting a functional area. Although part of the Information Operations CF, FA34 proponency will remain at Fort Huachuca.

Editor’s Note: See Major Rick Hoehne’s article on page 37 for information on the new Strategic Intelligence Officers Course. The first class runs from 23 May through 30 July 1999.

OCMI has developed an initiative to reduce the Branch-detail time commitment from 48 months to 36 months. Consequently, Branch- detail officers will arrive at an MI Officer Transition Course near the 42-month mark in their careers, about the same time their promotions to Captain occur. The goal of the initiative is to increase the inventory of MI captains by ten percent.

The Commander, U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca, has directed a closer look at the Special Electronic Mission Aircraft (SEMA) career field. To accomplish this, OCMI will bring together SEMA representatives this quarter at Fort Huachuca to discuss the issues and explore potential solutions.

Force Design and Force Structure

In late February, the OCMI participated in the Intel XXI “Draft Plan of Enactment” (DPE) review. Attendees reviewed the tasks and subtasks linked to each element of the DTLOMS (doctrine, training, leaders, organizations, materiel, soldiers. They also drafted milestones and timelines for the DPE’s subtasks and developed a plan that allows MI—upon Chief of Staff of the Army approval—to implement Intel XXI actions.

The OCMI began to review and coordinate with the Requirements Documentation Directorate, FortLeavenworth, Kansas, for the table of organization and equipment (TOE) cyclic review for the MI battalions in the airborne, air assault, and light infantry units. OCMI will complete the review by 27 May 1999, in time for the formal review board scheduled to convene in late July. This allow for Department of the Army approval and publishing in Consolidated TOE Update (CTU) 0400. We have begun tremendous exchange and work between the OCMI force structure section and the Force Development office in the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM). As INSCOM continues to convert tables of distribution and allowances (TDAs) units to TOE ones, OCMI and INSCOM are working closely to maintain the health of the MI Branch, as reflected in its force structure for both units at echelons corps and below.

Readers can contact OCMI via E-mail at [email protected] or telephonically at (520) 533-1173 or DSN 821-1173.