MILPER Number: 17-198

Proponent

AHRC-OPB-M

 

Title

Academic Year 2018 Military Intelligence Programs and Advanced Civil Schooling

 

…Issued:[26-Jun-2017]…

 


A.  DA Pam 600-3 (Commissioned Officer Professional Development and Career Management), 3 December 2014.

B.  AR 621-5 (Army Continuing Education System), 06 September 2009.

C.  AR 350-100 (Officer Active Duty Service Obligations) 10 August 2009.

D.  AR 600-8-11 (Reassignment), 18 October 2012.

E.  AR 614-30 (Overseas Service), 22 December 2016.

F.  AR 614-100 (Officer Assignment Policies, Details, and Transfers), 10 January 2006.

G.  AR 621-1 (Training of Military Personnel at Civilian Institutions), 28 August 2007.

H.  AR 621-5, Army Continuing Education System, 11 JUL 2006 RAR is 06 September 2009.

1.  This MILPER message will expire NLT 05 January 2018.

2.  This message announces the procedures for Military Intelligence (MI) officers requesting consideration for highly competitive MI academic programs in FY18:

a.  This MILPER message pertains to the following programs:  Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS), Junior Officer Cryptologic Career Program (JOCCP), Junior Officer GEOINT Program (JOGP), Army Intelligence Development Program (AIDP), Warrant Officer Cryptologic Career Program (WOCCP), the National Security Agency / Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) Director’s Fellowship Program (DFP), the United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence (USAICoE)/Communication-Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) Professional Development Program, and the National Intelligence University (NIU) bachelor’s degree program and master’s degree program for Academic Year (AY) 2018.

b.  This MILPER message pertains to only to active component MI Branch 35 Officers and all 35-series Warrant Officers.  15C35 officers are considered eligible under the active component 35-series career field eligibility requirements.

3.  Previously MI Programs provided Intermediate Level Education (ILE) Army Operations Course (AOC) equivalency credit; however, since 2016, MI Programs no longer provide AOC equivalency credentialing.

4.  No exception to policy (ETP) waivers will be approved.

5.  Officers who will complete a permanent change of station (PCS) after 30 June 2017 are not eligible, unless they are currently assigned within the National Capital Region and attend under the conditions of a no-cost move.  Officers may request early release from their current O-6 commander (annotated in the DA form 4187) for recommended approval to MI Branch.

6.  In accordance with AR 350-100, officers who complete formal education or training programs incur active duty service obligations (ADSO).  All officers who attend any of these programs incur an ADSO through the scheduled program graduation date or through the date on which consecutively scheduled education is to be completed, whichever is later.  The ADSO equals three times the length of the program, computed in days, but not more than six (6) years.  Requests for branch transfers or functional area designation will not be considered until after the completion of the utilization tour.

7.  The selection panel will consider applicants for all programs for which they are eligible.  Eligible officers must submit their scanned and legible application requirements by email to their Assignment Officers at MI Branch, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Fort Knox, KY, NLT 1700 (EDT) on 31 July 2017.  Assignment Officers will screen applications to determine eligibility, potential for promotion, and completeness.  The MI Programs panel will select best qualified officers.  MI Branch slates nominated officers into the respective programs.

8.  Applications will consist of the following:

a.  A DA Form 4187 signed by the first O-6 in the applicant’s chain of command containing the following:

(1) Statement that the applicant meets all eligibility criteria.

(2) Statement accepting an additional ADSO:  “I understand I will incur an additional active duty service obligation (ADSO) of three days for each day which I am educated under the provision of this program, but not more than six (6) years.  I understand this ADSO is served in accordance with AR 350-100.”

(a) JOCCP, WOCCP, AIDP-Cyber, AIDP-CI, JOGP, USAICoE CERDEC, ACS (2 year program) – six (6) years.

(b) AIDP-ISR; NSA/CSS DFP, NIU, ACS (1 year program) – three (3) years.

(3) Statement acknowledging that upon acceptance into this program, officer is not eligible to pursue a voluntary incentive transfer (VTIP) out of MI Branch until completion of utilization tour.

(4) Statement requesting any applicable CONUS stability break, Foreign Service tour curtailment/extension, or waiver of post-deployment stabilization, if applicable.

(5) Order of preference of all programs for which the applicant is eligible, from most to least preferred.  Include preferences for specific tracks within AIDP or NIU (such as AIDP-ISR, AIDP-CI, AIDP-Cyber or MSSI, MSTI, BSI).

b.  If applying for NIU MSSI or MSTI, applicant must submit copy of their GRE scores to their Assignment Officer and the POC for this MILPER message, or have a completed Master’s Degree transcript in their Official Military Personnel File NLT 1700 (EDT) on 21 July 2017.

c.  No more than two letters of recommendation may be submitted to the panel (optional).

9.  MI Programs Application and Panel Timeline:

a.  31 July 17, 1700 (EDT):  deadline for all applications in to MI Branch.

b.  05-07 September 2017:  panel convenes.

c.  NLT 30 September 2017:  MI Programs Panel results released.

d.  1-15 October 2017:  each applicant (both selectees and non-selectees) receives notification from MI officer Branch.

e.  NLT 15 November 2017:  each selectee must notify MI officer Branch that they accept enrollment into the MI Program into which they are accepted.
f.  May – August 2018:  report window for MI Programs.

g.  Most programs generally have a report date of either 15 June or 01 August 2018.  For JOCCP and WOCCP, participants are to arrive in the July to August timeframe.

10.  Junior Officer Cryptologic Career Program (JOCCP).

a.  JOCCP develops junior Officers’ cryptologic and management skills to prepare them for leadership roles in cryptologic assignments.  Selectees will PCS to the 704th MI Brigade, with duty at the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, MD, for a three-year program, consisting of separate six-month operational tours in at least four (4) agency work centers and 1300 hours of formal instruction at the National Cryptologic School (NCS).  Throughout the course of this program, students may deploy as part of an expeditionary cryptologic team.  This experience provides students the opportunity to experience and learn real-world application of signals intelligence (SIGINT) exploitation or support to Cyber operations.  Officers will receive skill identifier (SI) 3W upon completion of JOCCP.

b.  Officers who complete JOCCP will commit to an initial 12-24 month utilization tour.  The utilization assignment, as determined by the CG, HRC with input from MI Branch, will be in accordance with Army validated requirements where Officers will apply their newly acquired skills.

c.  Eligibility Criteria:

(1) Active Component 35-Series Career Field / Key Developmental complete MI officers in cohort year groups 2010 and 2011.

(2) Have completed the Captain’s Career Course.

(3) Have demonstrated outstanding performance in CPT Key Developmental Positions IAW DA Pam 600-3.

(4) Have a DA photo at current grade, not more than one year old.

(5) Possess a final Top Secret clearance with access to SCI and able to successfully complete a counterintelligence (CI) polygraph.  Selectees may be required to initiate a Notification of Foreign National Affiliation (NFNA), if applicable.  Selected Officers who are unable to meet NFNA adjudication requirements within six months of initiation will be released from the program.

(6) Must be deployable (non-waiverable).

(7) Not flagged or pending adverse action.

(8) Must have outstanding potential for future service.

d.  The additional duty service obligation (ADSO) for JOCCP is six (6) years.

e.  Cohort year group 2010 applicants selected for JOCCP and for attendance at a 10-month resident or 14-week satellite course in the 2020 ILE selection board will complete the three year JOCCP program and attend ILE in academic year 2021.

f.  Cohort year group 2011 applicants selected for JOCCP and for attendance at a 10-month resident or 14-week satellite course in the 2020 ILE selection board are expected to attend ILE in accordance with their selected venue between May 2021 and August 2022.

11.  Warrant Officer Cryptologic Career Program (WOCCP).

a.  WOCCP enhances junior SIGINT warrant officers’ cryptologic and management skills to prepare them for technical leadership roles in cryptologic assignments.  Selectees will PCS to the 704th MI Brigade, with duty at the National Security Agency (NSA), Fort Meade, MD, for a three-year training program, consisting of four separate six-month operational tours in Agency Work Centers, including 800 hours of formal instruction at the National Cryptologic School.  During the third year, WOCCP students will work in an Agency Work Center for a one-year operational utilization.  Throughout the course of this program, students may deploy as part an Expeditionary Cryptologic Team.  This experience provides the students the opportunity to experience and learn real-world application of SIGINT exploitation or SIGINT support to Cyber operations.  A warrant officer skill identifier (SI) is currently being coordinated for individuals who successfully complete WOCCP.  An SI will be awarded retroactively if not official at the time of graduation.

b.  The 12-36 month utilization assignment, as determined by the CG, HRC with input from MI Branch, will be in accordance with Army validated requirements where Officers will apply their newly acquired skills.

c.  Eligibility criteria:

(1) Active Component 352-Series MI CW2 or CW3 (with less than one-year time in grade) at the beginning of the internship program.

(2) Warrant officers who have not completed the MI Warrant Officer Advanced Course (WOAC) prior to reporting to WOCCP will complete WOAC enroute to their utilization assignment if seats are available.

(3) Demonstrated outstanding leadership and performance as a technical subject matter expert in Signals Intelligence.

(4) Have a DA photo at current grade, not more than one year old.

(5) Possess a final Top Secret clearance with access to SCI and able to successfully complete a counterintelligence (CI) polygraph.  Selectees may be required to initiate a Notification of Foreign National Affiliation (NFNA), if applicable.  Selected Officers who are unable to meet NFNA adjudication requirements within six months of initiation will be released from the program.

(6) Must be deployable (non-waiverable).

(7) Not flagged or pending adverse action.

(8) Must have outstanding potential for future service.

d.  The Additional Duty Service Obligation (ADSO) for WOCCP is six (6) years.

12.  Army Intelligence Development Program (AIDP).

a.  The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) developed the Army Intelligence Development Program (AIDP) after recognizing that the Army had a vested interest in producing qualified junior officers and warrant officers who understand how to bring national and theater intelligence systems to the fight – supporting warfighters at the Corps and below level.

b.  AIDP expanded in FY12 to include education opportunities in other core intelligence disciplines to meet the ever expanding demands for educating Army Officers.  The AIDP includes the traditional one-year Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) track, the two-year Cyber track, and the two-year CI track.

(1) AIDP-ISR.  The AIDP-ISR track trains graduates to lead the division intelligence requirements management process.  Students are fully integrated into coursework designed by the premier Army and Department of the Defense collection management training and doctrine leads.  Students learn to leverage national, theater, and Army ISR capabilities in support of unified land operations for forces in regionally aligned and joint operating areas.  At the conclusion of their training graduates will master the tasking, collection, processing exploitation, and dissemination process in support of their assigned senior intelligence officer.  Selectees will PCS to the National Capital Region for a one-year program consisting of core required courses, enabler visits, and a capstone exercise.

(a) ISR Course Listing:  the AIDP-ISR program consists of a mixture of formal classroom instruction and enabler visits with the goal of creating well-rounded collection managers.  Incoming students are assessed and programmed for the proper courses located at NSA, NGA, DIA, USAICOE, etc.  to familiarize them with various intelligence disciplines.  The majority of students spend approximately half their academic year TDY for training and site visits.  The course also includes a capstone exercise to participate in real-world collection management operations in support of overseas contingency operations.  Particular programs may be tailored for a projected follow-on assignment and the preferences of the G2.

(b) Graduates of AIDP-ISR will complete a 12-24 month utilization assignment, as determined by the CG, HRC with input from MI Branch, will be in accordance with Army validated requirements where officers and warrant officers will apply their newly acquired skills.  Upon completion, officers will be awarded a 3F skill identifier (SI).  The intent is for warrant officers to also receive 3F SI upon completion of AIDP-ISR.

(c) Cohort year group 2009 applicants selected for AIDP-ISR and for attendance at a 10-month resident or 14-week satellite course in the FY18 ILE selection board will attend ILE in accordance with their selected venue between May 2019 and August 2020 unless otherwise approved by MI Branch.  Cohort year group 2008 applicants selected for resident ILE will be ILE complete prior to the start of AIDP-ISR.

(d) The ADSO for AIDP-ISR is three (3) years.

(2) AIDP-CYBER.  The AIDP-CYBER program is intended to prepare officers to serve in positions requiring Cyber operational leadership and planning expertise.  Selectees will PCS to Fort Meade, MD, for a two-year program, consisting of separate 6-8 month operational tours in up to four work centers at the National Security Agency.  Participants will receive formal instruction at the National Cryptologic School, Department of Defense Cyber-related courses, and through commercial information technology certification courses.  Throughout the course of this program, students may deploy as part of an expeditionary Cyber support element.  Officers who complete this program will apply their newly acquired skills in a 12-24 month utilization assignment based on Army validated requirements, as determined by the CG, HRC with input from MI Branch.

(a) Cyber course listing:  the AIDP-CYBER program consists of a mixture of formal classroom instruction, self-paced on-line instruction, and on-the-job training.  The majority of the two years consists of operational assignments.  These operational assignments are 6-8 month work center tours designed to build an officer’s expertise within cyber warfare and dynamic cyber defense.

(b) The ADSO for AIDP-CYBER is six (6) years.

(3) AIDP-CI.  The AIDP-CI program develops officer counterintelligence and management skills in preparation of leadership roles in CI assignments.  Officers who complete this program will apply their newly acquired skills in a 12-24 month utilization assignment based on Army validated requirements, as determined by the CG, HRC with input from MI Branch.

(a) Selectees will PCS to the National Capital Region.  Current 35E Officers are not required to attend Counterintelligence Officer Course (CIOC).  Officers will attend two courses at the Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy, the Advanced CI Investigations Course, and the Advanced CI Collections Course.  Between courses, Officers will receive on-the-job training at 902d MI Group elements located within the National Capital Region.  This experience provides students the opportunity to experience and learn real-world application of counterintelligence investigations, operations, and collection.  An officer skill identifier (SI) is currently being coordinated for individuals who successfully complete AIDP-CI.  A SI will be awarded retroactively if not official at the time Officers complete the program.

(b) The ADSO for AIDP-CI is six (6) years.

c.  Eligibility Criteria for Active Component Officers:

(1) 35-Series Career Field / Key Developmental complete MI officers in the following cohort year groups:

(a) AIDP-ISR:  cohort year groups 2008 and 2009.

(b) AIDP-CYBER:  cohort year group 2009.

(c) AIDP-CI:  cohort year group 2010 and 2011.

(2) Have completed the Captain’s Career Course.

(3) Demonstrated outstanding performance in CPT Key Developmental Positions IAW DA Pam 600-3.

(4) Have a DA photo at current grade, not more than one year old.

(5) Possess a final Top Secret clearance with access to SCI.  Applicants for AIDP-CYBER must be able to successfully complete a counterintelligence (CI) polygraph and initiate a Notification of Foreign National Affiliation (NFNA) if applicable.  Selected AIDP-CYBER Officers who are unable to meet NFNA adjudication requirements within six months of initiation will be released from the program.

(6) Must be deployable (non-waiverable).

(7) Not flagged or pending adverse action.

(8) Must have outstanding potential for future service.

d.  Eligibility Criteria for Active Component Warrant Officers for AIDP-ISR:

(1) CW2 and CW3 MI warrant officers in the following AOCs:  350F, 351G, or 352N.

(2) Warrant Officers who have not completed the MI Warrant Officer Advanced Course (WOAC) prior to reporting to AIDP-ISR will complete WOAC enroute to their utilization assignment if seats are available.

(3) Demonstrated outstanding performance in CPT Key Developmental Positions IAW DA Pam 600-3.

(4) Have a DA photo at current grade, not more than one year old.

(5) Possess a final Top Secret clearance with access to SCI.

(6) Must be deployable (non-waiverable).

(7) Not flagged or pending adverse action.

(8) Must have outstanding potential for future service.

13.  Junior Officer GEOINT Program (JOGP).

a.  JOGP is designed to develop a cadre of highly qualified officer GEOINT leaders and managers to conduct the mission of the National System for Geospatial Intelligence in support of national decision-makers, warfighting commanders, and expeditionary requirements.  Interns will expand their knowledge and skills in analysis, collection management, geospatial intelligence (GEOINT), reporting and dissemination, research, support to military and Intelligence Community (IC) operational disciplines, and walk away with an in-depth understanding of the GEOINT relationships within the IC.  Officers selected for JOGP will be assigned to the Army GEOINT Battalion at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Campus East in Springfield, VA for the duration of the program.

b.  Officers who complete JOGP will commit to an initial 12-24 month utilization tour.  The utilization assignment, as determined by the CG, HRC with input from MI Branch, will be in accordance with Army validated requirements where officers will apply their newly acquired skills.

c.  Eligibility Criteria:

(1) Active Component 35-Series Career Field / Key Developmental complete MI officers in cohort year group 2010.

(2) Have completed the Captain’s Career Course.

(3) Have demonstrated outstanding performance in CPT Key Developmental Positions IAW DA Pam 600-3.

(4) Have a DA photo at current grade, not more than one year old.

(5) Possess a final Top Secret clearance with access to SCI.  Applicants for JOGP must be able to successfully complete a counterintelligence (CI) polygraph and initiate a Notification of Foreign National Affiliation (NFNA) if applicable.  Selected JOGP officers who are unable to meet NFNA adjudication requirements within six months of initiation will be released from the program.

(6) Must be deployable (non-waiverable).

(7) Not flagged or pending adverse action.

(8) Must have outstanding potential for future service.

d.  The additional duty service obligation (ADSO) for JOGP is six (6) years.

e.  Cohort year group 2010 applicants selected for JOGP and for attendance at a 10-month resident or 14-week satellite course in the 2020 ILE selection board will complete the three year JOGP program and attend ILE in academic year 2021.

14.  The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) Director’s Fellowship Program (DFP).

a.  The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) Director’s Fellowship Program (DFP) provides high-level exposure to current management, operations, and resource issues affecting NSA/CSS, and provides an opportunity to observe decision-making processes at the highest echelon.  The NSA/CSS Director’s Fellowship Program will run from 31 July 2018 thru 30 July 2019.  The FY 2018 DFP will select at least one Army LTC, MAJ(P), or MAJ who will be notified in fall 2017 and will begin the Fellowship in summer 2018.  The Army’s DFP Fellow(s) will be assigned to the 704th MI Brigade.

b.  The objectives of the fellowship program are to:

(1) Enhance the professional development of high-potential, career cryptologists so they are better able to serve in positions at:  NSA/CSS; service cryptologic element (SCE) headquarters; and cryptologic field activities.

(2) Provide an opportunity to make significant contributions to NSA/CSS or SCE goals via the direction of, and/or participation in, a major program, project or initiative.

(3) Promote a strong working relationship among NSA/CSS, the SCE, and tactical and strategic consumers.

c.  Officers who complete the NSA/CSS DFP will apply their newly acquired skills in a 12-24 month utilization assignment based on Army validated requirements, as determined by the HRC CG with input from MI Branch.

d.  Eligibility criteria:

(1) Active component 35-series Career Field / MI Officers in the rank of LTC, MAJ(P), or MAJ with an Area Of Concentration (AOC) of 35G and have completed MAJ key development assignments IAW DA PAM 600-3.

(2) Have completed rank/grade equivalent professional military education (PME).

(3) Demonstrated outstanding potential to serve in senior cryptologic positions.

(4) Have a DA photo at current grade, not more than one year old.

(5) Possess a final top secret clearance with access to SCI and able to successfully complete a counterintelligence (CI) polygraph.  Selectees may be required to initiate a Notification of Foreign National Affiliation (NFNA), if applicable.  Selected Officers who are unable to meet NFNA adjudication requirements within six months of initiation will be released from the program.

(6) Must be deployable (non-waiverable).

(7) Not flagged or pending adverse action.

(8) Must have outstanding potential for future service.

e.  The Additional Duty Service Obligation (ADSO) for the NSA/CSS Director’s Fellowship Program (DFP) is three (3) years.

15.  United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence (USAICoE) Communications-Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) professional development program.

a.  The USAICoE/CERDEC professional development program educates and produces a cadre of MI professionals familiar with the Army’s Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics process and connects those efforts into the Army’s long range intelligence investment strategy.  Personnel are assigned for three years to USAICoE at Fort Huachuca, AZ with duty at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD for the first year of USAICoE/CERDEC.  Personnel will then PCS to Fort Huachuca, AZ for a two year utilization tour with the USAICoE’s Capabilities Development & Integration Directorate.

b.  The intent of the program is for candidates to:

(1) Understand the Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics process; long range fiscal planning nested with Army requirements; the CERDEC organization and stakeholders; and how CERDEC works with the Program Executive Offices and Acquisition communities.  Candidates will provide CERDEC with both a military perspective as well as current tactical and operational expertise into CERDEC portfolios and science and technology efforts.

(2) At Fort Huachuca, work in the USAICoE Capabilities Development & Integration Directorate to develop, assess, manage, validate, synchronize and integrate doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel and facilities (DOTMLPF) intelligence capabilities which support Army, joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational partners.

c.  Eligibility Criteria – CPT/MAJ

(1) Active Component 35-Series Career Field/ Key Developmental Complete MI Officers.  Captains in cohort year group 2011 and majors in cohort year group 2003 or younger.

(2) Captains who have completed the Captain’s Career Course or majors who have completed Intermediate Level Education.

(3) Demonstrated outstanding performance in Key Developmental Positions IAW DA Pam 600-3.

(4) Possess operational experience at the Corps or above level.

(5) Have a DA photo at current grade, not more than one year old.

(6) Possess a final TS/SCI security clearance.

(7) Must be deployable (non-waiverable).

(8) Not flagged or pending any adverse action.

(9) Must have outstanding potential for future service.

d.  Eligibility Criteria – CW3/CW4

(1) Active Component 350F, 350G, 352N, 352S, or 353T CW3 or CW4.

(2) Warrant Officers who have not completed the MI Warrant Officer Advanced Course (WOAC) prior to reporting to CERDEC will complete WOAC enroute to their utilization assignment if seats are available.

(3) Demonstrated outstanding leadership and performance as a subject matter expert.

(4) Possess operational experience at the Corps or above level.

(5) Have a DA photo at current grade, not more than one year old.

(6) Possess a final TS/SCI security clearance.

(7) Must be deployable (non-waiverable).

(8) Not flagged or pending any adverse action.

(9) Must have outstanding potential for future service.

e.  The Additional Duty Service Obligation (ADSO) for the USAICoE/CERDEC professional development program is six (6) years.

16.  National Intelligence University (NIU).

a.  NIU offers a Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence (MSSI), Master of Science and Technology Intelligence (MSTI), or Bachelor of Science in Intelligence (BSI) program.  Coursework is designed to prepare students for a strategic level of responsibility in the intelligence community.  The curriculum has been developed to strengthen the Intelligence Corps as a profession and allows students to select a concentration with additional electives.
(1) MSSI:  The Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence (MSSI) degree is designed to prepare students for the complexity of intelligence work in the 21st century.  The curriculum focuses on three main themes:  Globalization, Future-focused Intelligence, and Intelligence for National Security.  Following admission, a student elects a program of study in a concentration or elects the non-concentration option by completing the strategic intelligence program courses.  The seven options are Collection and Analysis, Regional Security and Intelligence (China and East Asia, Europe/Eurasia), Intelligence Community Leadership and Management, Transnational Issues, Counterintelligence, Defense Intelligence, and Strategic Intelligence Studies (Non-concentration Option).
(2) MSTI:  The Master of Science and Technology Intelligence (MSTI) curriculum was developed by integrating the Director of National Intelligence’s published competencies, knowledge, skills, and abilities for S&T intelligence officers with the already effective core construct of the university.  Students in the degree program take a similar set of core courses designed to introduce students to the strategic nature of intelligence analysis.  While students in the MSSI program focus on political science and policy-based topics, students in the MSTI program follow a designed concentration of study to focus their education on their area of thesis research.  The five concentrations are Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Information Operations and Cyber, Emerging and Disruptive Technologies, Geostrategic Resources and the Environment, and Foreign Denial and Deception.

(3) BSI:  The Bachelor of Science in Intelligence (BSI) is a fourth-year program that affords students who have completed three years or equivalent credits (80 semester hours minimum) of undergraduate study a way to earn their undergraduate degree in intelligence.  It is designed to encourage the development of inquiring, responsible graduates who will dedicate themselves to the improvement of the national Intelligence Community.  The BSI curriculum consists of 11 core courses and six electives, including the capstone project, for a total of 57 quarter credit hours.  The core curriculum provides an overview of globalization and the intelligence landscape.  Such understanding is essential for a program founded on the premise that world events can only be understood by employing a variety of disciplinary perspectives, and that they must be understood in a global and geostrategic context.

b.  Attendance at NIU is contingent on selection and nomination by HRC followed by acceptance through the NIU admissions office.  Officers and warrant officers nominated by MI Branch will be required to submit their:

(1) Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results and transcripts to NIU admissions for acceptance into either the MSSI or MSTI degree programs, or their

(2) Official high school diploma or GED and transcripts for acceptance into the BSI degree program.  Candidates interested in BSI are encouraged to request a credit evaluation from NIU Admissions before applying to ensure they meet the BSI prerequisite course requirements.  To request a course evaluation, send copies of your transcripts to NIUadmit@dodiis.mil and type “BSI Credit Evaluation” in the subject line.

c.  Selectees will PCS to the National Capital Region, with assignment to the U.S. Army Student Detachment, Fort Jackson, SC to attend NIU.

d.  In accordance with AR 350-100, officers attending NIU will incur a three year ADSO upon completion of the course.  Officers who complete this program will serve a utilization tour in a 35-series or MI warrant officer coded position, varying from tactical to strategic.  MI Branch will determine each utilization assignment on a case-by-case basis.

e.  Eligibility Criteria:

(1) Captains in cohort year group 2008 and 2009, and Majors in cohort year group 2004 and younger are eligible to apply.  Lieutenant Colonels must be over three years from their projected retirement date upon completion of the NIU program and have enough service time remaining after completing the requirements for the MSSI / MSTI degree to fulfill the incurred service obligation.

(2) Captains must be a career course graduate.  Completion of NIU will provide AOC credit for MI officers.  Additionally, officers may gain full JPME I credit upon completion, if approved for enrollment into JPME I track by MI Branch.  Contact your Assignment Officer for eligibility.

(3) Warrant Officers must have a minimum of four years continuous Active Federal Service (AFS) as a warrant officer prior to requesting attendance.  WOs must not exceed 12 years of Active Warrant Officer Service (AWOS) as of the reporting date to NIU and must have enough service time remaining after completing the requirements for the MSSI / MSTI / BSI degree to fulfill the incurred service obligation.

(4) Warrant Officers who have not completed the MI Warrant Officer Advanced Course (WOAC) prior to reporting to NIU will complete WOAC enroute to their utilization assignment if seats are available.

(5) Demonstrated outstanding performance in key developmental positions for current grade IAW DA PAM 600-3.

(6) Must not have attended, graduated, or otherwise utilized federal funding for a master’s degree program.  Use of tuition assistance and the GI bill does not preclude NIU attendance.

(7) Must be deployable (non-waiverable).

(8) Must not have previously participated in other MI programs such as JOCCP or AIDP-ISR.

(9) Have a DA photo at current grade, not more than one year old.

(10) Not flagged or pending adverse action.

(11) Have outstanding potential for future service.

(12) All CONUS applicants must have 24 months time on station prior to NIU report date of no earlier than 09 August 2018.  Applicants serving in OCONUS must complete 5/6th (i.e.  30 of 36 months) of their tour before report date of 09 August 2018.  Requests for curtailment or extension must accompany the packet and comply with AR 614-30.  Officers requiring JCS waiver to leave JDAL positions are not authorized to apply.

(13) Possess a current Top Secret clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmentalized Information.  Individuals with temporary or pending clearances will not be admitted.

(14) For MSSI or MSTI, possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution.

(15) For MSSI or MSTI, competitive applicants have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

(16) For MSSI or MSTI, competitive applicants score in the 50th percentile or higher in both verbal and quantitative, and 3.5 or higher in the analytical writing portion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).  GRE scores must be less than five years old, and no other exam may be submitted in place of the GRE.  Applicants who possess a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution are exempt from taking the GRE.

(17) For MSTI, applicants should also have academic exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) coursework during their undergraduate years.  A science or engineering degree is not required, but it will better prepare students for success in class.

(18) For BSI, possess a high school diploma or GED.  Must not possess a baccalaureate degree already

(19) For BSI, candidates must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

(20) For BSI, candidates must have a minimum of 80 semester hours of undergraduate coursework complete including:  20 upper division (300-400) level hours; 30 hours earned through a regionally accredited institution; nine hours in communication skills; 6 of which must be earned in English composition courses; 12 hours in Mathematics and Science; three of which must be earned in Mathematics; and 15 hours in Humanities, Social Sciences, or Fine Arts.

The below portion of the MILPER applies to Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS).  While ACS applicants will be considered and selected by the MI Programs panel members, ACS applicants are placed on a separate order of merit list.

17.  Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS).

a.  This portion of the MILPER message pertains to MI/35-series officers and MI warrant officers.  Officers from other branches/military occupational specialties/areas of concentration should contact their respective career managers for eligibility and application criteria.

b.  One key ACS goal for the fully funded graduate program is to provide Army officers the best academic education in the timeliest and most cost effective manner.  ACS allocations support the Army Educational Requirements System (AERS) where positions specifically coded as requiring an advanced degree in the intelligence field.  The MI Programs panel will select fully qualified MI officers and nominate them for attendance to ACS.  MI Branch slates nominated officers into ACS.

c.  Academic fields of study for officers selected for ACS must be approved by MI Branch prior to applying to the academic institution.

d.  MI Branch is projected to receive four (4) 18-month ACS allocations beginning with the Fall 2018 semester.  ACS allocations are projected to authorize attendance ranging between low ($26,000 tuition or less) to medium allocations ($26,001 – $43,000) for schools.  Selectees will PCS to their ACS location, with assignment to United States Army Student Detachment (USASD), Fort Jackson, SC.

e.  Officers incur an ADSO of three (3) days for each day in school upon completion of schooling.  Officers who complete civilian education through the advanced civil schooling program will serve a utilization tour in a 35 series AERS coded position, varying from tactical to strategic based on the officer’s area of intelligence study.  The utilization assignment will be determined by the CG, HRC with input from MI Branch.

f.  Officers who attend ACS prior to their tenth year of Active Federal Commissioned Service (AFCS) will compete for intermediate level education in accordance with their respective board timeline and will serve their utilization tour after completion of Intermediate Level Education (ILE).  These officers must complete all degree requirements prior to 01 Jul of their tenth year of AFCS (e.g.  cohort year group 2009 officers must complete all degree requirements NLT 01 July 2019).

g.  Applications will consist of the following:

(1) A DA Form 4187 signed by the first O-6 in the applicant’s chain of command containing the following:

(a) Statement that the applicant meets all eligibility criteria.

(b) Statement accepting an additional ADSO, “I understand I will incur an additional active duty service obligation (ADSO) of three days for each day which I am educated under the provision of this program, but not more than six (6) years.  I understand this ADSO is served in accordance with AR 350-100.”

(c) Statement acknowledging that upon acceptance into this program, officer is not eligible to pursue a voluntary incentive transfer (VTIP) out of MI Branch until completion of utilization tour.

(d) Statement requesting any applicable CONUS stability break, Foreign Service tour curtailment/extension, or waiver of post-deployment stabilization.

(e) Statement acknowledging that academic field of study for officers selected for ACS must be approved by MI Branch prior to applying to the academic institution.

(2) No more than two letters of recommendation may be submitted to the panel (optional).

h.  ACS Application and Panel Timeline:

(1) 31 July 2017, 1700 (EDT):  deadline for all applications in to MI Branch.

(2) 05-07 September 2017:  panel convenes.

(3) NLT 30 September 2017:  panel results released.

(4) 1-15 October 2017:  each applicant (both selectees and non-selectees) receives notification from MI officer Branch.
(5) NLT 15 November 2017:  each selectee must notify MI officer Branch that they accept enrollment into the ACS allocation bracket into which they are accepted.

(6) NET 10 days before school semester begins:  report date for ACS.

i.  Eligibility Criteria Active Component Officers:

(1) 35-Series Career Field / Key Developmental complete MI Captains in cohort year group 2009 and 2010.  Must have completed professional military education for current grade IAW DA Pam 600-3 (i.e.  Captains Career Course graduate).  Must have demonstrated outstanding performance in key developmental positions for current grade IAW DA Pam 600-3.

(2) 35-Series Career Field, Key Developmental complete, and ILE complete Majors must be cohort year group 2004 or younger.  Key Developmental complete and ILE complete MI Majors who have not attended, graduated, or otherwise utilized another fully funded master’s degree program.  Use of tuition assistance and the GI bill does not preclude ACS attendance.  Must have demonstrated outstanding performance in key developmental positions for current grade IAW DA Pam 600-3.

(3) 35-Series Career Field Lieutenant Colonels must be able to fulfill their ADSO, incurred as a result of their funded schooling, prior to their mandatory release date (i.e.  must be over four (4) years from their mandatory retirement date upon completion of the ACS program and have enough service time remaining after completing the requirements for the degree to fulfill the incurred service obligation).  Must have demonstrated outstanding performance throughout their careers.

(4) MI warrant officers must have a minimum of four years continuous AFS as a warrant officer prior to requesting attendance.  Must enter civilian school programs prior to attaining 24 years of AWOS.  Warrant Officers who have not completed the MI Warrant Officer Advanced Course (WOAC) prior to reporting to ACS will complete WOAC enroute to their utilization assignment if seats are available.

(5) Officers have completed professional military education for current grade IAW DA Pam 600-3.

(6) Must be deployable (non-waiverable).

(7) Not flagged or pending adverse action.

(8) Have a DA photo at current grade, not more than one year old.

(9) Possess a final Top Secret clearance with access to SCI.

(10) Hold a bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or better.

(11) Complete the GRE.  For those students who took the GRE prior to 01 August 2011, minimum GRE score of 500 (verbal reasoning), 500 (quantitative reasoning), and 4.0 (analytical).  For those candidates who took the GRE after 01 August 2011 (following the restructure of scoring of the GRE), minimum GRE scores must be a minimum of 153 (verbal reasoning), 144 (quantitative reasoning), and 4.0 (analytical).

(12) Have not attended, graduated, or otherwise utilized another fully funded master’s degree program.  Use of tuition assistance and the GI bill does not preclude ACS attendance.

(13) Have outstanding potential for future service.

(14) Commissioned officers will not exceed a total of 17 years Active Federal Service (AFS) prior to the start of schooling.

(15) Warrant officers must be able to fulfill their ADSO, incurred as a result of their fully funded schooling, prior to their mandatory release date.  In the case of RA warrant officers, the mandatory release date is 30 years AWOS or age 62, whichever occurs first.

j.  Officers selected for ACS attendance will provide documentation as outlined in the fully funded graduate programs standing policy and procedures (https://www.hrc.army.mil/officer/advanced%20civil%20schooling%20programs%20general%20information) immediately upon notification of selection.

18.  Point of contact for this MILPER message:  CPT Michael Brady, 502-613-6642, DSN:  983-6642, michael.a.brady8.mil@mail.mil.