Very few military occupational specialties (MOS) are as diverse or offer the variety of
assignment opportunities as MOS 96B, Intelligence Analyst. The Intelligence Analyst is
often referred to as OA jack of all trades" and as such is used in virtually every type unit
at all echelons, battalion and above, throughout the US Army. The duties of an
Intelligence Analyst are as varied as the missions of the units to which they are assigned.
These include security, inspections, working in a tactical operations center, or being a
member of a special forces team.
Intelligence Analysts receive their advanced training at the United States Army
Intelligence Center, Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Upon graduation from training, their
assignments take different paths. Many go to the Defense Language Institute to learn a
foreign language. Others may go to specialized schools such as: The Strategic
Intelligence Course, Airborne School, Air Assault School, Ranger School, or schools run
by other US Armed Services.
The Intelligence Analyst has many basic duties within the military intelligence (MI) field.
These responsibilities include map requisitioning, maintenance of order of battle (OB)
information, knowledge and production of enemy doctrine, intelligence preparation of the
battlefield (IPB), collection of intelligence information, processing and recording
information, producing intelligence reports, and dissemination of those reports. Without
the accomplishment of these responsibilities, the mission accomplishment of the unit is
greatly reduced, or it may even be stopped altogether.
PART A: MAP REQUISITIONING
Any type of military unit would have a hard time trying to accomplish its mission without
maps. Not only do units need maps, they need the correct area coverage, in the right
scales, and a sufficient number for use. The Intelligence Analyst has the responsibility of
selecting, ordering, receiving, and disseminating military maps. Most units use a 1:
50,000 scale map for tactical operations. To acquire these maps the analyst must be able
to use the Defense Mapping Agency (DMA) map catalogues, along with the operations
order to determine needed area coverage.
PART B: ORDER OF BATTLE (OB) INFORMATION
1. The analyst must maintain a considerable amount of information about threat forces.
This information is called OB information.
OB information is generally broken down into nine categories for easy access.
Composition. The identification and organization of enemy units.