Intelligence Operators provide military intelligence in support of operations, planning and decision-making.
Intelligence Operators are responsible for the following:
- Collecting, processing and disseminating intelligence
- Identifying and analyzing information which is likely to affect military operations, national policies and objectives
- Managing resources in an intelligence unit, section or team
- Operating and managing information technology systems
- Advising on the employment of intelligence collection and surveillance systems
- Providing intelligence support to commanders at the tactical, operational and strategic levels
Intelligence Operators participate in local, national and international operations in various climates and conditions.
Pay and career development
The starting salary for a fully trained Intelligence Operator is $49,400 per year; however, depending on previous experience and training the starting salary may be higher. Intelligence Operators who demonstrate the required ability, dedication and potential are selected for opportunities for career progression, promotion and advanced training.
Related civilian occupations
- Imagery Specialist
- Information Management Specialist
- Private Investigator
- Security Consultant
Basic military qualification
The first stage of training is the Basic Military Qualification course, or Basic Training, held at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. This training provides the basic core skills and knowledge common to all trades. A goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits maintain the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.
Basic military qualification – land course
After Basic Training, Army recruits go to a Military Training centre for the Basic Military Qualification – Land Course for approximately one month, which covers the following topics:
- Army physical fitness
- Dismounted offensive and defensive operations
- Reconnaissance patrolling
- Individual field craft
Basic occupational qualification training
Intelligence Operators attend the Canadian Forces School of Military Intelligence, in Kingston, Ontario. Intelligence Operators will be trained in the unique requirements of providing intelligence services to the Royal Canadian Navy, the Army or the Royal Canadian Air Force.
Intelligence Operators may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including:
- Imagery intelligence
- Counter intelligence
- Strategic defence intelligence analysis
Intelligence operators are employed in a specific area that can include, imagery intelligence, counter intelligence, electronic warfare intelligence, among others.
As they progress in their career, Intelligence Operators who demonstrate the required ability and potential will be offered advanced training. Available courses include training for promotion to Sergeant/Petty Officer 2nd Class.
The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 11 or Secondaire V in Quebec and an English or French course at the Grade 11 level or Secondaire V level in Quebec. Foreign education may be accepted.
This occupation is available part-time within the following environments: Army, Air Force
Serve with the Reserve Force
This position is available for part-time employment with the Primary Reserve at certain locations across Canada. Reserve Force members usually serve part time at an Air Force Wing in their community, and may serve while going to school or working at a civilian job. They are paid during their training. They are not posted or required to do a military move. However, they can volunteer to move to another base. They may also volunteer for deployment on a military mission within or outside Canada.
Intelligence Operators may serve with the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army or the Royal Canadian Air Force. They provide military intelligence in support of operations, planning and decision making. When employed on a part-time or casual full-time basis they usually serve at CAF unit locations within Canada.
Reserve Force training
Reserve Force members are trained to the same level as their Regular Force counterparts. They usually begin training with their home unit to ensure that they meet the required basic professional military standards. Following basic training, the home unit will arrange for additional training for specialized skills. Intelligence Operators attend the Canadian Forces School of Military Intelligence in Kingston, Ontario to achieve their qualification and may train to work in tactical, operational and strategic analysis, counter intelligence, electronic warfare, psychological operations or one of several other highly specialized fields.
Reserve Force members usually serve part-time with their home unit for scheduled evenings and weekends, although they may also serve in full-time positions at some units for fixed terms, depending on the type of work that they do. They are paid 85 percent of Regular Force rates of pay, receive a reasonable benefits package and may qualify to contribute to a pension plan.
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