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While I will be updating a number of personnel policy issues in this column, I would like to draw your attention to one area of particular concern-the challenge our Corps is facing in terms of Star MOS (military occupational speciality). A Star MOS is one in which the Army is historically short of Soldiers at certain ranks but, in fact, have significant numbers of Soldiers available for promotion had they only been so recommended by a promotion board. MI Star MOSs at sergeant (E-5) include 96D (Imagery Analyst), 97E (Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Collector), 98Y (Signals Collector/Analyst), and 98G (Cryptologic Communications Interceptor/Locator-Hebrew and Tagalog). At the staff sergeant (E-6) rank, the list includes MOSs 96B (Intelligence Analyst), 96D, 97B (Counterintelligence (CI) Agent), 97E, 98C (Signals Intelligence Analyst), and numerous 98G languages. In most cases we have sufficient numbers of board eligible Soldiers in the primary zone which would more than meet our documented shortfall.

While there are often good reasons for a given Soldier not to go before a promotion board, we have to recognize that as the Army transforms it is even more important for leaders to "train, mentor, and coach" Soldiers so they are ready and we can send fully qualified noncommissioned officers to the field as quickly as possible.

MOS 09L

In June of 2006 MOS 09L (Interpreter/Translator) was established as an accessions MOS for Active Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard. The MOS prerequisites are published in DA Pam 611-21, Military Occupational Classification and Structure, and recruiting of non-prior service into the Active Army began October 2006. A Critical Task Site Selection Board (CTSSB) was held in November 2006 at Fort Huachuca, Arizona and the results should be posted on Army Knowledge Online shortly. Of importance to you is that LTG Kimmons has approved guidance for granting MOS 09L Soldiers limited access authorization (LAA) which should go far toward solving some of the clearance access issues that have arisen. The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command and DA G2 are working out the final details of the implementation plan which should be announced later this spring.

ASI 1F (Intelligence Master Analyst Course)

There are several proposed changes being considered for additional skill identifier (ASI) 1F course. High on the list is a plan to move away from training the legacy systems such as the All-Source Analysis System (ASAS) and to start to include the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS). This will most likely require a name change to the ASI during the coming year and revalidation of which MOSs are to attend training.

MOSs 96D and 96H

The Intelligence Center is conducting a Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) "Cradle to Grave" (C2G) Study. One significant finding is that MOSs 96D and 96H (Common Ground Station Analyst) are operationally requiring very similar skill sets. Based on this, we have decided to recode MOS 96H positions and personnel to MOS 96D. If approved by DA this merger and conversion will occur over the next several years and be fully implemented by FY 2011.

MOS 97E

These highly skilled Soldiers are in great demand, resulting in a huge requirement increase from today's authorization of 2,421 to 3,325 or more required in the Modular Force. Of additional note is that on 1 October 2006 all MOS 97B10 positions were formally converted to MOS 97E10 positions in line with our current HUMINT/CI enlisted training strategy. Once these positions have been recoded to 97E10, all current 97B10 Soldiers will have until 2009 to either be promoted to SGT within CI or to transition to another MOS. During the transition period the current 97B10 Soldiers will remain 97B and are authorized to remain in those 97E10 CI positions they previously held until 1 October 2009. Only if, or when, these Soldiers are sent to a HUMINT position will they need additional training. On the other hand, 97E10 CI/HUMINT trained Soldiers graduating from the new 97E10 Initial Military Training (IMT) course will possess the minimum skills necessary to serve at the initial entry level in either a CI or HUMINT position.

"SOLDIERS ARE OUR CREDENTIALS" ALWAYS OUT FRONT!

by Command Sergeant Major Franklin A. Saunders Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huahcuca
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Date:Oct 1, 2006
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