On my initial interview in my new place the boss asked if I had thought of becoming an IA - I know little about them - what qualities are needed ??
That describes Eye_Spy perfectly!Scorptin said:Blind, fat, a spotter when it comes to recognition, the love of clothes from charity shops and of course glasses that are like the bottom of milk bottles!
Darksiders, breathe a sigh of relief as IAs are going to get it for a bit!
Yeah, because none of us non-IAs can be described as geeks...........Howayman said:There are no real 'qualities' to become an IA. The spots, fat and propensity for charidee clothes are optional extras.
You do need to pass an aptitude test which is not hard, and though it does check that the potential IA can use and see through a stereoscope, the test actually majors on other aspects, not just looking at pictures.
Unless your boss is an IA himself I would question why he has said what he has said...at no point in my career was I ever told that I was IA material (then again now that I am an IA, no one has said that I am IA material!). Doing the cse for myself was a deliberate act on my part...there are some out there who did it as a means to escape one trade and found that it did not suit them, and there are those poor souls who were sent on the course/voluntold.
The easiest thing to do is ring JSPI or whatever it is now called and see if you can take the test (I don't think that you have to do the cse if you pass) or speak to the CI down there and see for yourself.
However, be warned you will turn into a GEEK!
Nice!DigitalGeek said:1. Eyes like a shithouse rat, in the dark, wearing Ray Bans
2. An unhealthy aptitude for remembering the wheel nut configuration of a variety of vehicles
3. A propensity for gazing aimlessly at an oblique view of a vast expanse of fuckall
4. An aspiration to qualify for flying pay, ending up on a ground station, folding cam nets
And on top of all that you get a choice of anoraks for both work and formal occasssions.One_of_the_strange said:IA skills complement Cbt Int very well, but if you're a confirmed padlock rattler that's of little use. It doesn't necessarily tie you down to a life of driving round the Huntingdon ring road, you can go and be an admin b1tch for the gunners or do whatever the f@ck they do at Waddington - walt around in flying suits or be admin b!tch for the RAF I suppose.
Or you can move back to the mainstream MI world and exploit the synergy between IA skills and the rest of the job.
That said, allegedly the IA world is set for expansion so opportunities abound but how that differs from the rest of the undermanned Corps I'm not so sure.
Plus - most importantly - you get to understand exactly how important box-bodies vehicles are .....
Always a good idea to wait until the aircraft is ready before attampting to fly, well spotted Ed, you have the potential to go a long way.THE_EDITOR said:I have been told that SSgts will command TGSs in ASTOR and have more toys than most others so it is the responsibility bit I like - the flying bit is an aspiration but only when the planes are ready and thats a Crab problem at the moment. I dont like the thought of the geek status, but wonder what the operational value of IMINT is??
Broadly speaking, IMINT is a much better strategic tool than a tactical one. Ops wise, things like BDA are extremely valuable and this is one of imagery's strengths.THE_EDITOR said:I have been told that SSgts will command TGSs in ASTOR and have more toys than most others so it is the responsibility bit I like - the flying bit is an aspiration but only when the planes are ready and thats a Crab problem at the moment. I dont like the thought of the geek status, but wonder what the operational value of IMINT is??
Yes..we had Pheonix (but it never actually rose from the ashes..) and the Septics had Predator.THE_EDITOR said:Hmmmm - I did MND(SE) and saw the HUMINT but I know the team doing the running around were always looking for imagery and there were lots of toys trying to get it - the one that was most useless according to those in the ISTAR cell was Phoenix...............
you had trouble keeping two cadet reports in the air, let alone a sophisticated and expensive piece of machinery.THE_EDITOR said:Ah poor CR he gets so much stick - I think I'll have to apply for my AAC tour to follow in his footsteps....