Intelligence Corps

hc5

Crow
What are the different specialisations and roles an officer can do In the intelligence Corps?
I'm interested in joining but don't want to be stuck behind a desk 24/7. ( I know that officers do a lot of admin and desk work, but I don't want it to be constant of you get what I mean)
Also, when do you choose what to specialise in?
Any info would be greatly appreciated!
 
Your best source of information is reading the sticky threads about recruiting and listening to what the career advisors say. Officers by definition do more management tasks but that isn’t to say the job isn’t any less interesting or challenging. Also, officers get paid more.
 

Glad_its_all_over

ADC
Book Reviewer
It's late and this has been covered extensively in other threads, but the short version is that Corps officers command Corps soldiers, that the bulk of specialist intelligence work is done by NCOs, Warrant Officers and Late Entry officers, while Direct Entry officers, who *do* get the chance to do intelligence work don't generally specialise as their job, as with every other Army officer, is to command and lead and not necessarily do.

As my gallant old friend @devexwarrior notes, commanding Corps soldiers can be something of a management challenge and it's not necessarily something a lot of people would find easy or comfortable.
 
As my gallant old friend @devexwarrior notes, commanding Corps soldiers can be something of a management challenge and it's not necessarily something a lot of people would find easy or comfortable.
Well, I always thought that you were an awkward bugger, and that was before you defected to the other side. :-D
 

Glad_its_all_over

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I preferred to think of my role as adding a whiff of attractive anarchy to the humdrum daily perfume of military life. Those Royal Signals Direct Entry officers won't piss themselves off, you know.
 
I was having this very same conversation with a young man who had been pointed in my direction for advice, God help him. As a JNCO in the Corps you will get to do any number of interesting and rewarding jobs, as you move up the ranks more and more of your time will inevitably be spent on management tasks. As a Junior officer you may be lucky enough to get a shot at some of the interesting work but as has been pointed out you are there as part of the management team. I have no regrets about the route I took and would do it all again with just a few minor tweaks.
 

walrusboy

War Hero
I was having this very same conversation with a young man who had been pointed in my direction for advice, God help him. As a JNCO in the Corps you will get to do any number of interesting and rewarding jobs, as you move up the ranks more and more of your time will inevitably be spent on management tasks. As a Junior officer you may be lucky enough to get a shot at some of the interesting work but as has been pointed out you are there as part of the management team. I have no regrets about the route I took and would do it all again with just a few minor tweaks.
i.e. not travelling North of Chickers
 
I preferred to think of my role as adding a whiff of attractive anarchy to the humdrum daily perfume of military life. Those Royal Signals Direct Entry officers won't piss themselves off, you know.
I think the Honourable Gentleman opposite greatly under-estimates the talent of Royal Signals DE officers. They are eminently capable of pissing themselves off :)
 

Glad_its_all_over

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Book Reviewer
I think the Honourable Gentleman opposite greatly under-estimates the talent of Royal Signals DE officers. They are eminently capable of pissing themselves off :)
Granted, but only up to a point. Bear in mind the constituency here, either socially inept folk on the spectrum (the Welbexians) or languid possessors of 2:2s in Botany or History of Art - they need help and support if they're to reach the real red mist stage of frustration and puzzlement which makes them so attractive.
 
Individual and innovative looks better on the CR than Awkward bugger
IIRC the word "facetious" cropped up in one of my CRs... :)

Edited to add that when a prominent politician paid a visit to my unit I was forbidden to speak to him and told to stand at the back...
 

Glad_its_all_over

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"... is not hesitant in holding uncomfortable conversations when he feels it justified... he holds his superiors to account according to the same standards he adheres to himself".

From my last ever CR, written by a very nice Naval gentleman who saw no reason to be fluffy.
 
"... is not hesitant in holding uncomfortable conversations when he feels it justified... he holds his superiors to account according to the same standards he adheres to himself".

From my last ever CR, written by a very nice Naval gentleman who saw no reason to be fluffy.
He was obviously too polite to write “is far more intelligent than his superiors and is able to make them look stupid, to my great amusement “.
 
My first CR contained the line “LCpl RWAC should never again be employed in a large peacetime HQ” frankly did me a favour.
 
I’d had a good run of reports after commissioning but narrowly missed my first look at Major then ran into a 1RO who did not think much of me. She said on the phone to me “I think you have peaked and have no idea how you were ever selected for commission” I pointed out to her that I had finished with the highest mark of all 50 odd candidates for all branches of the corps at my year’s board. She replied “Well they obviously weren’t doing their job”. I said “So is that a recommendation then Colonel?” She said “You are not taking this seriously, Devex”. My response of “Well you started it” and putting the phone down on her may not have helped. (I learned much at the @Glad_its_all_over Tact and Diplomacy Academy)

A week later I went to see my 2RO, a very genial, late RSignals Brigadier who laughed at my report and said Colonel Xxxxxx doesn’t like you much does she? Don’t worry, I’ve read your other reports and your soldier reports from the Int Corps and we’ll put this one down to a clash of personalities. He pointed out that she’d done me a favour, as without a recommendation I couldn’t have acting rank for my imminent SO2 spot in ‘sandy parts’ so if I did well as a visible Captain it would be better for me. As it was I had a fantastic tour, was reported on vary favourably by two infanteers came back to a great job in the language world (Adjt at DSL for them that know) and got promoted. We were dined out on retirement at the same Branch dinner...we didn’t speak
 

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