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Training the corps: 111th MI Brigade: expanded trainging for an army at war by the Office of the Dean of Training, 11th MI Brigade.

The faculty, staff, and leadership in the 111th Military Intelligence (MI) Brigade have experienced significant increases in the training load and have made major adjustments in programs of instruction (POIs) and lesson plans. Furthermore, the 111th has supported the war effort by fielding numerous instructional mobile training teams (MTTs) to provide just-in-time training for deploying units. Currently, in addition to training MI military occupational specialties (MOSs) to standards, the training battalions within the 111th are incorporating increased levels of basic warrior skills, cultural awareness training, and training in the contemporary operational environment (COE)into the curriculum.

The 344th MI Battalion is working on a complete overhaul of the 98 Career Management Field (CMF). Their goal is to revolutionize signals intelligence (SIGINT) training in order to give soldiers the skills they need for success in the COE. The 344th also plans to establish a GEOCELL Boot Camp course at Goodfellow Air Force Base (AFB), Texas.

The 304th MI Battalion is actively engaged in adapting officer training to the mission requirements of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) and ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF). These changes in training are manifest in new applied lessons on culture, ethics, and the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) that have proven successful in the war effort. The new Joint Intelligence Combat Training Center (JICTC) exercises and tests these TTPs. The JICTC accommodates joint training endeavors by providing joint, realistic, live-play exercises.

The Army has extended the 2/84th MI Battalion on active duty at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, for another year in order to train Counterintelligence Agents (97B), Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Collectors (97E), and Intelligence Analysts (96B) for the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) and U.S. Army National Guard (ARNG). Their POIs and training standards are the same as those of the Active Component. In the fourteen months since activation, the 2/84th has trained enough 97B and 97E soldiers to fill 54 HUMINT Collection teams.

The 305th MI Battalion has trained hundreds of soldiers who are now serving effectively in the war effort as Imagery Analysts (96D), Electronic Intelligence Interceptor/Analysts (98J), Ground Surveillance System Operators (96R), Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operators (96U), and Military Intelligence Systems Maintainers/Integrators (33W). The 305th also trains ten functional courses and is the Army's sole provider of additional skills identifiers (ASIs) F3 (Improved GUARDRAIL V) and F4 (GUARDRAIL Common Sensor) for qualified aviators. During the last year, the 305th has directly deployed subject matter experts to Iraq to assist units on the ground.

In response to the war effort, the 309th MI Battalion has made significant changes in POIs and lesson plans within its curriculum. All initial military training (IMT) lesson plans now include cultural awareness training and lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan. In recognition of the importance of basic warrior skills, the 309th has substantially increased the length of culminating field training exercises (FTXs) in order to teach core warrior tasks.

The 306th MI Battalion is responsible for providing MTTs to provide special training in a variety of locations throughout the world (including Iraq and Afghanistan). The training that these teams have provided includes courses in interrogation, cultural awareness, countering terrorism, PROPHET operations, information systems security monitoring, and foreign disclosure. During the first two quarters of 2005, the 306th provided just-in-time training via MTTs to more than 750 soldiers and they are currently scheduled to train hundreds more.

Readers may contact the 111th MI Brigade Dean, George A. VanOtten, Ph.D., via E-mail at The Associate Deans are Richard B. Loomis (, Francis W. Smith (, and Ken L. Welsh (
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Publication:Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin
Date:Jan 1, 2005
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