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5 mi Intelligence Reserves

Offwidth

Swinger
Hello,

I posted a thread about joining as a regular and due to my background the overwhelming advice was to join the RAF. Point taken and I've dropped them a line. There was also some high praise for the Army reserves.

In the meantime, I'm also exploring joining the intelligence reserves. I am very keen to get into military intelligence, and becoming a soldier in the reserves does look like a fantastic option, potentially preferable to a full time career in the RAF. My background is that I'm 29, a job in management with a decent wage and have a piece of paper with MSc written on it somewhere. Hungry to learn and pick up new skills, especially ones that could facilitate a career change into military or civilian intelligence in the future - I've felt that as my career has progressed into management, I am becoming increasingly "deskilled".
  • 5 mi website suggests there is a unit in Nottingham - is there a small detachment here or is it referring to the Chesterfield unit?
  • What intelligence does the Chesterfield unit specialise in? Imagery, Signals, Human int. etc?
  • The usually advice seems to be to pop along to a local drill night. I can't imagine you can just pop along to an intelligence unit, and of course there is the whole covid situation. Is anybody here serving in intelligence or have a contact I can reach out to?
  • How tangible are the skills learnt and how much of your time is spent using them? How transferable are these 5 years down the line?
  • Pay.. how much do I...nah just kidding, money is not a factor, my ambition purely lies with learning a new trade and being part of a unit that makes regular contributions (I assume that weekends and week nights after training are actually spent "on the job"?)
  • Any examples of FTSR from the intelligence community? Typically how many years experience is needed before this becomes viable?

Thanks for the advice
O
 

Bobby_Bert

Old-Salt
Did you know you can log into Zoom on Thursday to take part in the Intelligence Corps Recruitment team conference call. It is open to all and it is a fantastic opportunity to ask serving personnel about life in the Intelligence Corps.⁠

Download Zoom and dial in from 1545 next Thursday using the link below.

 

Zhopa

War Hero
@Bobby_Bert please accept my genuine "informative".

And @Offwidth if you find yourself on that Zoom call outnumbered by people called Sergei, do let us know.
 

Bob65

War Hero
The usually advice seems to be to pop along to a local drill night. I can't imagine you can just pop along to an intelligence unit

Probably on hold at the moment because of C19 but phone first to let them know and you really can just pop along to a drill night (at most units). Or they will have a monthly open evening. They won’t be doing anything secret, probably a bit of phys or drill or other general military skills.
 

Offwidth

Swinger
Probably on hold at the moment because of C19 but phone first to let them know and you really can just pop along to a drill night (at most units). Or they will have a monthly open evening. They won’t be doing anything secret, probably a bit of phys or drill or other general military skills.

That's great to know, thanks! Though that has me questioning what happens on drill nights. Will they mind if I bring my friend, Sergei?
 
Hello,

I posted a thread about joining as a regular and due to my background the overwhelming advice was to join the RAF. Point taken and I've dropped them a line. There was also some high praise for the Army reserves.

In the meantime, I'm also exploring joining the intelligence reserves. I am very keen to get into military intelligence, and becoming a soldier in the reserves does look like a fantastic option, potentially preferable to a full time career in the RAF. My background is that I'm 29, a job in management with a decent wage and have a piece of paper with MSc written on it somewhere. Hungry to learn and pick up new skills, especially ones that could facilitate a career change into military or civilian intelligence in the future - I've felt that as my career has progressed into management, I am becoming increasingly "deskilled".
  • 5 mi website suggests there is a unit in Nottingham - is there a small detachment here or is it referring to the Chesterfield unit?
  • What intelligence does the Chesterfield unit specialise in? Imagery, Signals, Human int. etc?
  • The usually advice seems to be to pop along to a local drill night. I can't imagine you can just pop along to an intelligence unit, and of course there is the whole covid situation. Is anybody here serving in intelligence or have a contact I can reach out to?
  • How tangible are the skills learnt and how much of your time is spent using them? How transferable are these 5 years down the line?
  • Pay.. how much do I...nah just kidding, money is not a factor, my ambition purely lies with learning a new trade and being part of a unit that makes regular contributions (I assume that weekends and week nights after training are actually spent "on the job"?)
  • Any examples of FTSR from the intelligence community? Typically how many years experience is needed before this becomes viable?

Thanks for the advice
O

I am sure there are bound to be people on here who work in the intelligence community but I suspect, by the very nature of what they do, they are unlikely to reveal that to a total stranger on the interwebs. In fact, the nature of that type of work means they will only ever tell a small handful of people, usually their nearest and dearest and more often than not their bestest buddies won't even know.

If you are in the Nottingham / East Midlands area then have you considered HMS Ferret? It's an RN reserve intelligence unit based down at Chicksands in Bedfordshire and is about 1 1/2 hours drive away from Nottingham if that's not too far for you.

Alternatively, if you are happy to consider civilian intelligence then take a look at SIS or the Security Service. You have the qualifications and life experience and SIS in particular always seem to be advertising for people to apply for the role of Intelligence Officer. There's also no reason why you couldn't do that and still enjoy a reservist career in military intelligence too.
 

Bob65

War Hero
That's great to know, thanks! Though that has me questioning what happens on drill nights. Will they mind if I bring my friend, Sergei?

It depends, is he a posh Cambridge graduate? Or a stuffed meerkat?


Remember that MI is AR first and foremost; they may literally be doing drill some drill nights... only one way to find out!
 
That's great to know, thanks! Though that has me questioning what happens on drill nights. Will they mind if I bring my friend, Sergei?
I know some MI reserves.

They do a combination of things on a drill night, depends what is going on. The recruits area is normally separate from any sensitive areas if they have any (depends on the location and facilities.)

They do have to keep fitness up, normally parade for rememberence Sunday and so on, so do phys, drill, and other military skills as well as potential int work on a drill night or weekend.

In essence it depends on what they need to deliver at a given time and priorities within that.

Call the unit and speak to them about joining.
 
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