For anybody who saw the original incarnation of this thread - my apologies. Technical fault! There are numerous threads where Potential Transferees (PT) have asked questions with regards to the process and requirements for an application to change capbadge to the Intelligence Corps (INT CORPS). The other (very informative) stickied threads on INT CORPS selection are directed at those considering joining as Direct Entry (DE), and I understand fully that PT's have different questions that often cannot be answered by their Chain of Command (CoC) or even their Regimental Career Management Officer (RCMO). What I've done here is attempt to clear up some of the myths and inaccuracies, as well as perhaps offer a little encouragement to those considering it. I speak as a recent transferee (within the last two years) from another Corps, as well as somebody who often advises PT's. NOTE - This thread is no way designed as a simple YES or NO ticksheet. It is neither endorsed nor official. It should not be considered as a supplement to the advice you will glean from talking directly to the Intelligence Corps Recruit Selection Team (ICRST). I hope it does encourage some of those with questions to speak to the team. Additionally, the guidelines for recruiting PT's are just that - guidelines. If you don't fit exactly within these parameters it does not mean that an application is hopeless. If you don't ask you don't get. I would encourage anyone with an interest to pursue an application. It is not necessarily a well-known fact that at a time when the British Army is downsizing to 82,000 personnel, the INT CORPS is actively recruiting both DE and PT applicants. The INT CORPS fully recognises the skills that can be introduced by PT's, both those who have worked within or beside the Intelligence community and those who have had no formal involvement or background. Although the INT CORPS is actively looking to recruit at CPL and SGT level, there are still opportunities for those outside these ranks who display the necessary attributes. The first official step, as always, is to approach your current CoC. Ensure you have done your background reading, that you understand what the INT CORPS does and what part it plays in the wider picture. No CoC is likely to take an application to transfer seriously (or view it sympathetically) if the applicant hasn't bothered his arse in the first instance. You will appear to be making the decision on a whim. Your CoC should request you to be interviewed by your RCMO, who again will want to ensure that you fully understand the implications of transfer, and who might also be interested in your motivation for doing so. Prepare properly for any such interview. The CoC and RCMO might not be able to deny your application, but if you impress them and have them onside you might find the procedure decidedly easier. For instance, I was extremely lucky to have a CoC who fully supported my application because I arrived at my interviews well prepared, explained my motivations for looking outside my current Corps for employment and was honest and polite throughout the procedure. I explained why I believed I wasn't fulfilling my potential within my Corps. I also ensured that it was clear to my CoC that my interest in transferring was in no way an insult to the Corps I was currently a part of. Finally, I made a point of not slacking off in my job even after my application had been successful. Because of this, my CoC went well out of their way to help me out. In fact, they moved heaven and earth when it looked unlikely that my transfer was to be considered. They even organised several trips to local Intelligence Sections for informal chats and shadowing sessions. They did this off their own back, and still stay in touch. Never burn your bridges - even after you won't be needing them. I still enthuse about that CoC, and perhaps because of them still feel very close to my former Corps. I've even advised some of those soldiers looking to leave the INT CORPS during training to consider going in that direction. Your RCMO will instruct you to fill out an AFB 241 Application for Transfer. Fill this form out carefully, and include ALL relevant detail. Furthermore, ensure that you attach ALL documents that it states are required. Attention to detail is key in the INT CORPS. Failing to furnish the INT CORPS with all the information it asks for is only going to delay your application. Make a good first impression by getting things right. This paperwork will be dispatched to your desk officer at APC Glasgow, and it will eventually make it to the INT CORPS desk. This is the first of many paper sifts. At this point I'm going to state the four GUIDELINE STIPULATIONS for a PT. For your application to survive the paper sifts a PT should: 1) Be medically categorised as FE. 2) i) PTE/LCPL must hold 5 GCSE grades between A and C, to include Maths and English ii) CPL and above must hold 3 GCSE grades between A and C, to include Maths and English NOTE - Numeracy and Literacy levels (as tested at any Army Education Centre) will be considered as GCSE equivalents. 3) Have been resident within the UK (less postings/tours) for the past 10 years. 4) Be of ONLY British citizenship. At this point I will reiterate the point I made earlier. Just because you do not fall strictly within all of these parameters DOES NOT MEAN that you will be rejected out of hand. If you have desirable skills or experience then you may still be considered. There are dual-nationals serving within the INT CORPS. A caveat that the INT CORPS also holds is that you must be able to attain Developed Vetting (DV) status. As with all DE entrants, the INT CORPS can remove you from training and RTU you at any point if it appears likely that DV is not possible. The next step is that you will be invited to attend a Specialist Interview. This will be conducted over 2 days at DISC, Chicksands. The Specialist Interview is your chance to show off to the INT CORPS what you have to offer. You will be issued joining instructions which will guide you in how to prepare. I cannot provide any advice other than to prepare as fully as possible. I will, however, say this. For the most part, the INT CORPS does not care if you have an Intelligence background. It does not care if you are the fittest man, or if you hold a degree in International Relations, or if you speak a dozen languages. These factors can play their part, but the INT CORPS is assessing YOU and your potential to be successful in the job that we do. From a very junior level an Operator is expected to be knowledgeable, extremely literate and to be able to deliver briefs to a Tom or a General. An Operator needs to be confident and articulate, because the brief you deliver from your intelligence will influence actions. The people you brief need to be confident that YOU are confident. This is the true bread and butter of the job. Briefing is a skill that can be learnt, but is one that might come far more naturally to some than to others. The same applies to effective report writing. You will be taught these skills but it is your responsibility to nurture them so that they become well-honed and natural. The Specialist Interview is not a pass/fail event insofar as it does not report back to say "This applicant is good." or "This applicant is dogshite." It is a fair review of how you perform. How do you carry yourself? Are you believable? Would I want this man briefing me on what to expect prior to a potentially explosive patrol? Parts of the selection also test personal attributes that cannot be nurtured. Some things are instinctive, and this will be tested to an extent. If you do not attempt the selection process then you will never know. Being unsuccessful merely means that the INT CORPS has not recognised in you the ability to be trained in and utilise a very specific skill-set. There is no shame in this, in exactly the same way that my short legs mean I must take two strides to cover the distance of your one. But if you do have the ability then the INT CORPS will help show you how to use it. Well, that's my starter for ten. I will update this post and thread as and when appropriate.