The Corps is once again looking for a few good Marines willing to make a lateral move into a community that sometimes allows them to grow out a beard, ditch the high-and-tight and work undercover.
First-term Marines are being solicited to join the 0211 counterintelligence/human intelligence specialist military occupation specialty. Intel is considered a high-demand, low-density military occupational specialty, one for which officials consistently dangle plump re-enlistment bonuses in front of Marines willing to change MOSs.
For Marines who go intel, it could mean a bonus of $45,500.
Last year, Marine Corps Times wrote this cover story lifting the veil on the somewhat mysterious MOS.
Intel Marines do everything from gathering information through relationship-building with key leaders in the field, to interrogating detainees and prisoners of war, and writing reports about their findings. Those skills, combined with the top-secret security clearance 0211s receive, can go a long way in advancing Marines’ career in the Corps — or setting them up for success once they get out.
It’s a field that has grown increasingly popular since commanders saw the benefit to having intel Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. Last year, officials told Marine Corps Times that the demand for 0211s has more than doubled in the past decade, and it will remain high in coming years.
“Everybody wants CI/human intel Marines,” said Col. Andrew Moyer, who serves as chief of staff for the director of Marine Corps Intelligence at the Pentagon. “So the operational tempo is very, very busy.”
You can read more about what the Corps is looking for in intel Marines, as well as how 0211s describe their work here.