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The Office of the Chief, Military Intelligence (OCMI) website, index.html, contains timely information on proponent issues ranging from enlisted career management field (CMF) overviews to warrant officer current and archived newsletters. We will update the website often, so please use it as a “favorite” resource for the latest information on the MI Corps.  


MI will increase its participation in the Total Army Involvement in Recruiting (TAIR) program. The intent is to establish a framework in which Active Component (AC) MI units will develop a habitual partnership with the local area recruiting commands in an effort 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 recruiting organizations. We can provide local recruiters with the personnel and resources necessary to educate and inform our potential new recruits on the exciting and diverse career fields available to them in the Intelligence Corps. In late February, the OCMI participated in an “Army Day” presentation at Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott, Arizona. The event provided information about the Army and specific Army intelligence career opportunities.

The MI proponent reviewed all worldwide MI enlisted modified table of organization and equipment (MTOE) and table of distribution and allowances (TDA) authorizations with various Department of the Army (DA) and major command organizations in April 1999. The purpose of the review was to assess the impact of various force structure initiatives such as CINCOS (Change in Noncommissioned Officer Structure), QDR (Quadrennial Defense Review), and the recent “buy backs” in noncommissioned officer (NCO) authorizations. Additionally, we reviewed—

 We aim to ensure that we maintain a supportable military occupational specialty (MOS) grade structure throughout the force, and where necessary, revise standards of grade authorizations to support recent DA-approved rollbacks in NCO authorizations. Preliminary analysis revealed a slightly higher NCO grade content than previously anticipated, which we had noted in recent promotion trends. We expect DA to task the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) to have the various proponents review their respective documents this summer and submit proposed changes early next year.

Warrant Officer

We have received several inquiries recently on whether we would consider Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course (BNCOC) waivers during the warrant officer application process. Some requests come from soldiers who have deployed and are unable to attend their scheduled BNCOC class. We will not consider BNCOC waivers for soldiers unless they have exceptional circumstances. If they have deployed and their units simply have not yet selected them for BNCOC, we will not grant a waiver. If a soldier selected for BNCOC has a delayed attendance due to a deployment, we will consider requests for waiver on a case-by-case basis. This will permit the packet to proceed through the selection process. The soldier would still need to successfully complete BNCOC prior to consideration by the accession board.


The Colonels promotion board will meet the end of July 1999.   Major General Thomas alerted Lieutenant General Ohle, the Department of Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, about the shortages of MI Colonels (COLs) resulting from unscheduled retirements and senior MI officers reaching mandatory retirement dates. We have not asked to make up the shortage of MI COLs in one year, however. We hope to have increased selections to COL over the next couple of years.

 In June, U. S. Army Total Personnel Command (PERSCOM) approved the initiative to shorten the Branch Detail time requirement from 48 months to 36 months for MI officers. The affected Branch Detail officers will begin training in the third quarter of fiscal year 2000 (3QFY00). This will increase the number of Captains (CPTs) available to the field beginning in 2QFY01.

The Career Field Designation (CFD) Board for Year Groups (YG) 1981 and 1987 will convene 22 October 1999. Officers in these year groups can expect results 90 days after the board recesses. The primary means for submission of preferences is through the Internet. Officers should have submitted their initial preferences by 30 July to allow feedback on the competition for each functional area; they should also ensure that PERSCOM has their current addresses. Officers can change their preferences until 5 September 1999.

The composition of the MI Branch officer corps will undergo a significant change over the next several years. Twenty-five percent more MI officers will serve in Branch Details than has been the historical norm. There are several reasons for this shift. First, the Officer Restructure Initiative (ORI) reduced many CPT positions to Lieutenant (LT), thus increasing the number of combat arms LT requirements. Second, the reduction of time to pin-on CPT rank from 48 months to 42 months beginning with YG96 increases the number of Branch Detail officers required to fill the combat arms inventories. Even with the decrease of “homegrown” MI officers, we will still have more MI LTs than we have authorizations for LTs.

Force Structure and Force Design

The USAIC&FH (U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca) hosted the U.S Army Reserve MI Table of Organization (TOE) and Modified TOE (MTOE) Working Group 13-16 April 1999. Attendees included representatives from U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), U.S. Army Force Management Support Agency (USAFMSA), Office of the Chief of Army Reserve (OCAR), and the U.S. Army Recruiting Command (USARC).

The purpose of the working group was to identify Army Reserve TOE and MTOE structural issues asso- ciated with team Serial Requirements Codes (SRCs). Both USAIC&FH and INSCOM agreed that the appropriate doctrinal publications require updating to reflect the structure that will provide intelligence support to the Army. In many cases, respective proponents—the Intelligence Center for corps battalions, INSCOM for the echelons-above-corps battalions will need to create new TOEs and MTOEs to reflect the changes.

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