Enlisted personnel in the Army who choose a career in intelligence and combat support can choose from a wide variety of careers from chef, to special forces to intelligence gatherers. In many cases, these have more requirements and have longer instructional times than some of the others. They are some of the most challenging and make a good impression on employers later on.
Interpreter/Translator An Interpreter/Translator in the Army is responsible for doing both oral and written translation and teaching the unit about the culture of the country they are in. To be considered, the candidate must be proficient in one or more languages as well as English. Those not proficient in English will have to addend English language training before the 9 weeks of basic training which is followed by training in Checkpoint Operations, Medical support, Locally Employed Personnel Screening, Training Host-Nation Forces, VIP Escort, Contract Negotiations and Cultural Awareness
Food Service Specialist A Food Service Specialist in the Army is responsible for preparing meals and doing the ordering as well. The candidate must pass the 9 week basic training course, followed by classroom and field training in Standard and dietetic menus and recipes, Preparation and cooking of various foodstuffs and bakery products, Food and supply ordering and Storage of meats, poultry and other perishable items.
Cryptologic Linguist A Cryptologic Linguist in the Army is responsible for identifying and translating foreign communications. A candidate must pass the 9 week basic training course followed by 3 to 80 weeks, depending on how proficient they are in a foreign language. They will learn Gisting/transcription, Identification of foreign communications from an assigned geographic area, Categorizing signals by activity type, Analysis of foreign communications for information to support mission reporting requirements, Procedures for preparing reports, Procedures for handling classified information and Use and care of communications equipment
Signals Intelligence Analyst A Signals Intelligence Analyst in the Army is responsible for annualizing and reporting foreign communications and non-communications and relaying that information by producing combat, strategic and tactical intelligence reports. After the 9 weeks of basic training there is 24 weeks of advanced training.
Human Intelligence Collector A Human Intelligence Collector in the Army gathers information about enemy forces including strength, capabilities, vulnerabilities and intentions, as well as potential battle areas. In addition to the 9 weeks of basic training, a candidate must complete 19 weeks of advanced training in intelligence gathering.
Psychological Operations Specialist A Psychological Operations Specialist in the Army alters the behavior of foreign populations in a manner consistent with United States diplomatic, national security and foreign policy objectives. Candidates need to complete the 9 week basic training course and them 14 weeks of advanced individual training. For those on active duty, but not in reserves, this is followed by 3 weeks of Airborne training and then four to six months of Language training.
Special Forces Engineer Sergeant is one of the few specialities that is closed to women. Special Forces Engineers are specialists in demolitions and constructions of field fortifications, to topographic survey techniques. To be considered, a candidate must have good eyesight, night vision, and physical conditioning. They will receive training as swimmers, paratroopers and survival experts, as well as trained in many forms of combat. Training for the Special Operations Engineer is 44 weeks.
Special Forces Medical Sergeant is also closed to women. Special Forces Medical Sergeants are the Army’s first responders. They are trained in trauma medicine, they also have a working knowledge of dentistry, veterinary care, public sanitation, water quality and optometry. The training is similar to that for the Special Forces Engineer Sergeant, except that it is for 60 weeks.