As I travel around the world and talk with our soldiers and noncommissioned officers (NCOs), I am frequently reminded that too many of us are unaware of the great technical education programs that exist for Military Intelligence (MI) soldiers. In this space, I have decided to highlight some of those programs, specifically for the NOOs in the 98 Career Management Field (CMF). I will cover the--
* Middle Enlisted Cryptologic Career Advancement Program (MECCAP).
* Military Intern Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Analyst Program (MINSAP).
* Military Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) Signals Analyst Program (MESAP).
* Military Communications Intelligence (COMINT) Signals Analyst Program (MCSAP).
All of these programs are highly competitive and the National Security Agency (NSA) designed them to help take Ml NCOs to an advanced level of understanding and proficiency within their specific military occupational specialties (MOSs). Some are open to multiple MOSs, while others are restricted to a single SIGINT MOS; all are three-year work-study programs. An announcement message usually goes out in October of each year, with an application deadline of the following January and a selection board meeting in May.
Middle Enlisted Cryptologic Career Advancement Program. MECCAP is open to the entire 98 CMF and combines classroom study and work assignments to increase participants' knowledge in their cryptologic disciplines. It also focuses on increasing the soldiers' understanding and management skills as they relate to other Ml disciplines. While NSA can waive some entrance items (check the announcement message), the program is in general for soldiers in the ranks of Staff Sergeant (SSG) and Sergeant First Class (SFC) with between 7 and 12 years of service. Time on station (TOS) requirements exist for applicants both in and outside the continental Unites States (CO N US and OCONUS), and they must have a current, valid Top Secret (TS) security clearance with sensitive compartmented information (SC I) access. They must also be willing to reenlist fora 36-month remaininq service obligation as a part of the program (36-month program + 36-month obligation = 6-year commitment).
Military Intern SIGINT Analyst Program. MINSAP is open only to MOS 98C (SIGINT Analyst) and combines classes and work assignments to increase participants' knowledge in their cryptologic discipline to fill multiskill, advanced, technical analyst positions after graduation. Again, while NSA may waive some items (check the announcement message), the program is generally for Sergeant (SGT) and SSG soldiers with between 4 and 12 years of service only. TOS requirements exist for both CON US and OCONUS applicants, and applicants must have a current, valid TS clearance with SCI access and they must be willing to reenlist for a 36-month service-remaining obligation as part of the program (36-month program + 36month obligation 6-year commitment).
Military Electronic Intelligence (ELI NT) Signals Analyst Program. MESAP is open only to soldiers in MOS 98J (ELINT Interceptor/Analyst) and combines classes and work assignments to increase participants' knowledge in advanced ELINT signals analysis under the auspices of the Space and Weapons Science Customer Center and the National Cryptologic School. While they may waive some items (check the announcement message), the program in general is for SGTs and SSGs with no more than 14 years of service and at least 4 years of operational assignments as 98Js. TOS requirements exist for both CONUS and OCONUS applicants and they must have a current, valid TS security clearance with SCI access and must be willing to reenlist for a 36-month service-remaining obligation as part of the program (36-month program + 36-month obligation = 6-year commitment).
The Army will delete MOS 98J effective fiscal year 2006 (FY06) with a division of the ELINT skills between 980 (SIGINT Analyst) and new MOS 98Y (Signals Collector/Analyst). However, although MOS 98J will disappear, its base skill sets will still exist and will still be valuable so the expectation is that MESAP will continue but most likely will open up to 980 soldiers and possibly to 98Y soldiers as well.
Military Communications Intelligence (COMINT) Signals Analyst Program (MCSAP). MCSAP is open only to MOS 98K (Signals Collection/Identification Analyst) and combines classes and work assignments to increase participants' knowledge in their cryptologic discipline under the auspices of the Consolidated Signals Analysis Development Office and the National Cryptologic School. While they may waive some items (check the announcement message), the program is for SGTs and SSGs with no more than l4 years of service, and at least 4 years experience as a 98K. TOS requirements exist for both CONUS and OCONUS applicants, and the applicants must have a current, valid TS security clearance with SCI access and must willing to reenlist for a 36-month service-remaining obligation as part of the program (36-month program + 36-month obligation = 6-year commitment).
Effective FY06, the Army will create new MOS 98Y, which will include traditional 98K skills. Since the skill set will still remain and still be valuable, we expect that MCSAP will continue and be available to 98Y soldiers.
All of these programs are excellent chances for CMF 98 NCOs to broaden their specific MOS skills and improve their understanding of other MOSs and the intelligence community. As a graduate of MECCAP, I can tell you first hand that these are quality programs that are well worth the time and commitment. Keep an eye out for the annual announcements and if you are eligible, I encourage you to apply. Normally, the messages appear on the MI Branch website at https://www.perscomonline.army.mil/epmpmilang/MI/miteam.htm.
Upcoming NCO Boards. The 2003 Master Sergeant (MSG) Selection Board met in February 2003 and, at the time of this writing, we expect release of the results in April. To view MOS input to the senior enlisted centralized boards, go to http://22.214.171.124/ocmi/EN_Info_portal.htm. If you want to know what the board members are seeking, this is the best place to start.
As always, if you have questions on career maps, courses, impact of assignments, or any other enlisted actions, feel free to contact me, Sergeant Major Walter Crossman. You can reach me via E-mail at walter. email@example.com and by telephone at (520)533-1174 or DSN 821-1174.
Warrant Officer Actions
All too often, and with some justification, many of you have told me that the warrant officer (WO) professional educational system is far too limited and assumes that WOs come to their positions with the requisite knowledge and skills to achieve success and places too little attention on continuing technical education. Well the good news is that this is changing. A critical component to the Army's Training and Leader Development Program--Warrant Officer (ATLDP-WO) Study, of which you have heard me speak of before (see the July-September 2002 issue of MIPB), is the intent to "up gun" the current warrant office education system. In the meantime, you do not have to wait. There are a number of great opportunities out there for us.
Civilian Education. Civilian education is an important and ever-increasing part of a warrant officer's professional and personal development. The Army's goal is for all WOs to have at least an associate degree and to earn a bachelors degree by the time they reach Chief Warrant Officer Four (CW4). MI WOs have several ways in which they can accomplish this education goal. Start with your installation education office; they can provide all the information you need on local opportunities offered by local and extension universities.
Permissive Temporary Duty (TDY) Study. AR 621-1 ,Training of Military Personnel at Civilian Institutions (20 August 1999, Chapter 4-1e), and AR 600-8-10, Leaves and Passes (1 July 1994, Chapter 1 and Section XVI, paragraph 5-31) cover permissive TDY for study (20 weeks or less). Under this program the commanding general (CG), U.S. Total Army Personnel Command (PERSCOM), will consider requests for permissive TOY for civilian training exceeding 31 or more days. The period of permissive TDY study must not exceed 139 days (20 weeks or less). The CG, PERSCOM, must sanction and approve civilian schooling and the commander must provide a recommendation. Participants will incur an active duty service obligation and the TOY must result in the award of a degree.
Degree Completion Program (DCP). Current policy governing the Degree Completion Program limits your time in the program to 12 months or less. Before the beginning of each academic term, students in the DCP must complete DA Form 2125, Report to Training Agency, and forward it to Commander, PERSCOM, ATTN: TAPCOPW-D (Ms. Gregory-Williams), 200 Stovall Street, Room 6N07, Alexandria, Virginia 22332-0420. Be aware that inability to complete civilian training in the time allotted is considered adverse and your Academic Efficiency Report (AER) will likely reflect that information. Again, you must finish your degree during the time allotted.
Postgraduate Intelligence Program (PGIP) and Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence (MSSI) Degree Program. The Joint Military Intelligence College (JMIC) at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C., provides two additional education programs. This academic institution--sponsored by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)--is now accepting applications for the PGIP and MSSI Degree Program. All WO applicants accepted into the program must finish the MSSI. The PGIP with MSSI is a one-year program that runs from August through the following August. The PGIP curriculum emphasizes developing the student's understanding of intelligence at the national level, military strategy, national security policy, and the planning and execution of joint and combined operations. The service obligation incurred is three times the length of schooling. You can find additional information about JMIC at http://www.dia.mil/Jmic. Normally, in order to maximize usage of newly acquired analytical skills, WOs who graduate with the MSSI degree may receive assignments to strategic or theater-level jobs upon graduation. Applications must arrive not later than 31 October each year at the PERSCOM Warrant Officer Division; they will in turn notify officers in writing of their selection or nonselection for the program by 30 January of the following year.
White House Fellowship Program. Another professionally rewarding program often overlooked is the White House Fellowship Program. Under this program, selected officers have an opportunity to serve from one to two years on one of the White house staffs, Regular Army WOs with no more than 24 active WO service years and Reserve Component (RC) WOs with no more than 16 years of active federal service may be eligible to apply. Check with your assignments officer at PERSCOM to get complete details about obtaining permission to compete for one of these prized fellowships.
Upcoming WO Boards. The next WO Promotions Board for Chief Warrant Officer Three through Five positions will be from 29 April through 30 May 2003.
The point of contact (POC) for all WO actions is Chief warrant officer of the Ml Corps, CW5 Lon Castleton. You can reach him via E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and telephonically at (520) 533-1183 or DSN 821-1183.
Changes to the Officer Education System (OES). The Army is making a number of major changes to the OES. The intended goal is to reduce the amount of time officers spend in formal schools while continuing to maintain their current levels of technical competency and to provide this education to all officers. This will ensure a thorough grounding in combined arms operations and that all officers through the grade of Major have a common educational framework regardless of their career field, Branch, or functional area.
Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC). The BOLC will replace the current Branch-specific Officer Basic Course (OBC). The ATLDP officer study highlighted a need for changes to the current OBC training concepts. It noted that currently there is a disparity in the skills of Second Lieutenants (2LTs) from the three primary commissioning sources. Further, new 2LTs lack a combined arms perspective and have no common bond with their peers from other Branches. The intention of the new BOLC is to address both of these issues. It will have at least three phases:
* Phase I will be the precommissioning phase with officers separately trained via the U.S. Military Academy, Officer Candidate School (OCS), the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), etc.
* Phase II will be the field leadership training phase that will emphasize building confidence and leadership and developing rigor and toughness in junior officers. This phase will be at one of several locations for all new 2LTs, most likely at Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; and Fort Knox, Kentucky.
* Phase III of the BOLC will be the actual Branch training conducted at the current Branch schools. This new training strategy is intended to establish a cross-Branch Army standard for leadership and to place more emphasis on hands-on, performance-oriented, Branch-immaterial generic field training rather than Branch-specific training. Implementation of these changes could come as soon as the third quarter (3Q) FY06.
Captains (CPTs) OES. Under the current Captains Career Course (CCC) model, three of every four captains graduate and go off to serve in staff positions rather than company command. The result is that much of the current CCC curriculum is spent in training for an assignment that most officers will not go to upon course completion. Therefore, in an effort to reduce the overall length of the CCC and to focus on those skills that are of immediate value, the Army is considering a new training model. The final design of this course or courses has not yet been approved but a preliminary design has begun to take shape and may occur as a pilot program as early as 2005. In accordance with current thinking, there will be two separate courses that run in parallel. The first is a 4-to 6-week Combined Arms Staff Course for the majority of officers going to follow-on staff positions. The second course is a 10- to 14week Combined Arms Battle Command Course for officers slated to take company command. Both courses will consis t of distance learning and resident phases; since the length of the courses will be considerably shorter than those of today, students can attend them in a TDY status, without requiring a permanent change of station. The Army's intent is to increase the fill of Captains in units by decreasing the amount of time they spend in school and to decrease the turbulence for families resulting from multiple short moves during these company-grade years. It will also synchronize training and education with the officers' assignments. Implementation of these changes could happen as early as the 3QFYO5. Again, more work remains before implementation. We will keep you apprised in these pages as this develops.
Major (MAJ) Intermediate-Level Education (ILE). The concept behind the changes to ILE training are to ensure all Army Majors have the same quality, tailored educational experience. All officers will attend a common-core course either at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, for Operations Career Field (CF) officers or a satellite campus for most non-Operations CF officers including functional area (FA) 34 (Strategic Intelligence) officers. Operations CF officers will remain at Fort Leavenworth to attend the Advanced Operations and Warfighting Course (AOWC). Most non-Operations CF officers will not attend the common-core course at Fort Leavenworth but rather will receive the same common-core course taught at a satellite location and then attend their FA qualification courses. All officers will receive Military Education Level Four (MEL-4) and Joint Professional Military Education Level One (JPME-1) upon successful completion of the common-core course. Implementation of the new ILE should occur in 4QFYO5.
Upcoming Officer Selection Boards. Both the Major and Captain Promotion Boards will meet during May, Senior Service College in April, and the Career Field Designation (CFD) Board for year group 1993 in June 2003.
The POC for officers and civilians is Ms. Charlotte Borghardt. Readers can reach her through E-mail at email@example.com and by telephone at (520) 533-1178 or DSN 821-1178.
Lieutenant Colonel Eric Fatzinger is the Director, Office of the Chief, Military Intelligence (OCMI). Readers may contact him via E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Robert C. White, Jr., is the Deputy OCMI. Readers can reach him via E-mail at email@example.com You are encouraged to access the OCMI website through the Intelligence Center homepage at http://usaic.hua.army.mil/ and then link to OCMI by choosing the Training/MI Professionals area. You will be able to find information on issues ranging from enlisted career field overviews to officer, warrant officer, and civilian updates.
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|Author:||Fatzinger, Eric W.|
|Publication:||Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin|
|Date:||Apr 1, 2003|
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