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Int Corps Life

#1
As it stands i'm part way through recruitment. Had my medical documents filled in by my doctor, and opticians documents sorted. Went to an Army Insight Day at Chetwynd Barracks yesterday, and proved i'm near enough fit enough to go for selection.

I've got myself torn between 2 jobs though, Intelligence Operator or Electronics/Avionics Technician.

I know both jobs are completly different, but thats really my point. I've done my own research on each job, but its limited on what you can find on the army website (Especially now its been changed).

I was wondering if you could answer a few questions about the Int corps for me. The part i'm particularly interested in is Imagery Intelligence.

1. What does your daily job (After Phase 2) consist of?
2. Do you get sent on "tour" often?
3. What opportunities for different qualifications are there?
4. Where are you working at the moment?
5. What part of the job is the most boring?
 
#2
Not wishing (in any way whatsoever) to offend the Int guys, but go for the Electronics Tech. You won't be in the Army for the rest of your life so get a really good trade behind you which is instantly transferable to Civvy Street. Even if you do the full 22 (or more under new system) you will have a bloody good trade to fall back on. Some of the Int jobs are useful in civvy street but would suggest electronics (especially avionics) would be far preferable.
 
#3
can't comment about electronics tech, but the life of an intelligence operator is far more varied than that of an avionics tech (greenie).
 
#4
exbleep said:
Not wishing (in any way whatsoever) to offend the Int guys, but go for the Electronics Tech. You won't be in the Army for the rest of your life so get a really good trade behind you which is instantly transferable to Civvy Street. Even if you do the full 22 (or more under new system) you will have a bloody good trade to fall back on. Some of the Int jobs are useful in civvy street but would suggest electronics (especially avionics) would be far preferable.
That is exactly what draws me towards the REME. Simply because I know afterwards I'll have solid qualifications for civvy street. However, im also looking at the fact that i'd rather do something varied/interesting, than be bored whilst I spend my time in the army. Hence the reason for all my questions above, so i can get more of insight to the job. :)
 
#5
Imagery is a growing industry with the advent of more UAVs. As for the future, there will be plenty more jobs as UAVs become accepted for flying in civil airspace, something that the Police recognise and are looking at.

However it is only one trade and you should not expect to specialise in it for your whole career.
 
#6
offhand said:
Imagery is a growing industry with the advent of more UAVs. As for the future, there will be plenty more jobs as UAVs become accepted for flying in civil airspace, something that the Police recognise and are looking at.

However it is only one trade and you should not expect to specialise in it for your whole career.
Thats a fair point. I dont think i'd enjoy doing HUMINT, and SIGINT. EW sounds interesting, but being completely honest I don't think i could hold my head down enough to learn different languages. Its the whole Imagery Analysis that I find intriguing and would love to do.
 
#7
At the tactical level, SIGINT and EW go pretty much hand-in-hand, the dividing line has become somewhat blurred in recent years. Whilst the majority of Int Corps soldiers working in SI/EW are linguists, there are an increasing number of OPMIs doing pure analytical work.

*Fraser sits back and awaits one of the old-and-bold ANSI/OPSI lot ranting on about the lack of analysis training for OPMIs.
 
#9
Are you sure? There's a good reason why information is limited on the army website.
 
#11
theblindking said:
Are you sure? There's a good reason why information is limited on the army website.
Am I sure of what? I don't think the questions i've asked are delving too deeply into stuff that a civilian shouldn't know.
 
#12
Nayweiser said:
1. What does your daily job (After Phase 2) consist of? everything and anything you see on the recruiting website and the recruiting threads - the variety makes life more interesting, plus you are more employable in civy street.
2. Do you get sent on "tour" often?
Very frequently.
3. What opportunities for different qualifications are there? They vary from specialisation to specialisation, but the Corps is getting stuck into getting civilian acreditation for both the Security/CI side of life and Intelligence bit. The key is that the skills the Corps gives you can be sold without waving bits of paper about. Contacts and reputation count for a lot in the life after the Corps. No small number of ex-corps set up their own businesses or blag their way into some very good jobs. Or you can stack shelves at Waitrose - my retirement plan (the staff discount is so much better.)
4. Where are you working at the moment?
that is of course a big secret and I would have to shred you if I told you...yawn - the old ones are not necessarily the best ones...sorry.
5. What part of the job is the most boring?
JPA.
 
#13
1. What does your daily job (After Phase 2) consist of?
4. Where are you working at the moment?

I am sorry! These clearly are things that should be posted in the public domaine.
 
#14
theblindking said:
1. What does your daily job (After Phase 2) consist of?
4. Where are you working at the moment?

I am sorry! These clearly are things that should be posted in the public domaine.
I can't see why they can't tell me what they get up to in the day. Whether it be analysing images or whatever.. Im not asking for information that may be secretive.

I guess asking where they are working at the moment is something they can't reveal however.
 
#16
I think you are missing the point that, kind of by definition, what an OPMI (whatever their flavour) gets up to for a dayjob is, at least, covered by the Official Secrets Act.
Don't let my attitude put you off but you will not find detailed job descriptions anywhere outside of the job itself.
 
#17
I am an ex OPMI and did find the job I was doing interesting at times. I transferred last year as an electronics tech in REME. The point above about OPMI's doing mostly analysis was true in my experience and few people got to specialise and stay in a particular field. Of course there are some obvious exceptions thst you would see if you went Int Corps. As for recognised qualifications, all I got from Int Corps was NVQ level 2 in Business Admin. Some great quals in REME, but you have to be prepared for the long haul if you want the best quals. Any questions, feel free to ask me or PM.
 
#18
gingerslime said:
I am an ex OPMI and did find the job I was doing interesting at times. I transferred last year as an electronics tech in REME. The point above about OPMI's doing mostly analysis was true in my experience and few people got to specialise and stay in a particular field. Of course there are some obvious exceptions thst you would see if you went Int Corps. As for recognised qualifications, all I got from Int Corps was NVQ level 2 in Business Admin. Some great quals in REME, but you have to be prepared for the long haul if you want the best quals. Any questions, feel free to ask me or PM.
Thanks for an informative answer :)

@theblindking
I fully understand what you are trying to say, but im sure people can answer certain questions without having to be sarcastic. Any they can't dont answer, and politely tell me why. At the end of the day im asking for information about the job, because i dont know much about it. So there is no need to be sarcastic with me when i don't know these things.

Any informative answers i am very grateful for, because they will help me determine my career path.
 
#19
Nayweiser said:
exbleep said:
Not wishing (in any way whatsoever) to offend the Int guys, but go for the Electronics Tech. You won't be in the Army for the rest of your life so get a really good trade behind you which is instantly transferable to Civvy Street. Even if you do the full 22 (or more under new system) you will have a bloody good trade to fall back on. Some of the Int jobs are useful in civvy street but would suggest electronics (especially avionics) would be far preferable.
That is exactly what draws me towards the REME. Simply because I know afterwards I'll have solid qualifications for civvy street. However, im also looking at the fact that i'd rather do something varied/interesting, than be bored whilst I spend my time in the army. Hence the reason for all my questions above, so i can get more of insight to the job. :)
Have you considered the Royal signals then? They also have electronic technicians and it used to be a far more varied career than REME. Although things may have changed.
 
#20
The reason you'll find it hard to get a straight answer out of anyone on these forums about what they do is because of what they do. Bear in mind that the majority of Intelligence work is going to be classified so people aren't going to a) talk about it on the internet (not a classified network last I remember) or b) talk about it to someone whom they have no idea of who they are.

Some people will tell you that all OPMI's do is check padlocks and fences. Bollocks. Unfortunately until you get in and get your vetting you wont find out what else there is. I joined up to get an Aston Martin and a tux. I was somewhat let down. But I still enjoy what I do and the closest I've come to a fence or a padlock since I joined up was in B&Q.
 
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