MOS 18F Special Forces Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant
Employs conventional and unconventional warfare tactics and techniques in intelligence collection and processing during unilateral, combined, coalition, joint, interagency and multi-national operations. Trains and maintains proficiency in all major duties. Provides tactical and technical guidance to the Detachment Commander, indigenous and allied personnel. Plans, organizes, trains, advises, assists and supervises indigenous and allied personnel on collection and processing of intelligence information. Performs intelligence and operational duties when task organized in preparation (isolation) for special missions and during operations. Conducts briefings, briefbacks and debriefings. Establishes intelligence nets, conducts agent handling and prepares agent reports within the operational area. Capable of establishing identification through fingerprinting. Processes prisoners of war, writes and establishes security plan and performs security duties. Maintains all classified documents in the operational area and establishes destruction and evacuation plans. Provides area specialist assistance to the detachment, SF, U.S. Army, system services and other agencies.
The following civilian credentials are related to MOS 18F. These credentials may require additional education, training or experience. For more information about these credentials, click on the credential title below.
For supervisory and managerial credentials, please refer to the Manager (All enlisted E-5 and above) page.
|Credential||Agency||Related As||Promotion Points||Skill Level||GI Bill®||Accreditation|
|Certified Protection Professional (CPP) Is Not In Demand||ASIS International||most||IISkill Level II:||GI Bill||ANSI|
|GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP) Is Not In Demand||Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)||some||GI Bill|
|GIAC Security Expert (GSE) Is Not In Demand||Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)||other||GI Bill|
|GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC) Is In Demand||Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)||some||GI Bill||ANSI|
|Certified Corrections Officer (CCO) Is Not In Demand||American Correctional Association (ACA)||some||GI Bill|
|Professional Certified Investigator (PCI) Is Not In Demand||ASIS International||some||GI Bill||ANSI|
|Physical Security Professional (PSP) Is Not In Demand||ASIS International||most||IISkill Level II:||GI Bill||ANSI|
|Certified Corrections Manager (CCM) Is Not In Demand||American Correctional Association (ACA)||other||GI Bill|
|Certified Corrections Supervisor (CCS) Is Not In Demand||American Correctional Association (ACA)||some||GI Bill|
|GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF) Is Not In Demand||Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)||some||GI Bill||ANSI|
|USPA A License Is Not In Demand||United States Parachute Association (USPA)||some|
|USPA B License Is Not In Demand||United States Parachute Association (USPA)||other|
|USPA C License Is Not In Demand||United States Parachute Association (USPA)||other|
|USPA D License Is Not In Demand||United States Parachute Association (USPA)||other|
|IC3 Digital Literacy Certification (IC3) Is Not In Demand||Certiport||some||GI Bill|
|Certified Emergency Disaster Professional (CEDP) Is Not In Demand||International Board for Certification of Safety Managers||some|
|Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) Is Not In Demand||Informs||other||GI Bill||ANSI|
|Certified Collection Management Professional - Fundamental (CCMP-F) Is Not In Demand||Defense Intelligence Agency PMO (DIA)||some||NCCA|
|Certified Defense All-Source Analysis - Level 1 (CDASA-1) Is Not In Demand||Defense Intelligence Agency PMO (DIA)||some||NCCA|
|Joint Intelligence Planner-Proficiency Level I (JIP-I) Is Not In Demand||Defense Intelligence Agency PMO (DIA)||some|
|Associate Certified Analytics Professional (aCAP) Is Not In Demand||Informs||other|
|Certified Sport Security Professional (CSSP) Is Not In Demand||National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4)||most||IISkill Level II:||ANSI|
|Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC) Is Not In Demand||Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I))||some|
Some states have specific licensing requirements for the following related civilian occupations. These state licenses may require additional education, training or experience. Click on the occupation below to get more information on state requirements from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Related Civilian Occupations
The following civilian occupations are similar to the duties performed by MOS 18F-Special Forces Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant. These occupations may require additional education, training or experience. For more information about these occupations, click on the civilian occupation below. To search for related civilian job opportunities, go to the Veteran’s Employment Center.
|Civilian Job||Duties Matched||Bright Outlook||Registered Apprenticeship||Local Salary Info|
|Criminal Investigators and Special Agents||some||find local salary|
|Emergency Management Directors||some||find local salary|
|Intelligence Analysts||most||find local salary|
|Management Analysts||some||find local salary|
|Network and Computer Systems Administrators||some||find local salary|
|Operations Research Analysts||some||find local salary|
|Police Detectives||some||find local salary|
|Private Detectives and Investigators||some||find local salary|
|Security Management Specialists||most||find local salary|
|Security Managers||some||find local salary|
Related Federal Occupations
The following federal occupations are similar to MOS 18F-Special Forces Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant. These occupations may require additional education, training or experience. For more information about these occupations, click on the federal occupation below.
- 0006 - Correctional Institution Administration Series
- 0007 - Correctional Officer Series
- 0072 - Fingerprint Identification Series
- 0080 - Security Administration Series
- 0082 - United States Marshal Series
- 0083 - Police Series
- 0085 - Security Guard Series
- 0086 - Security Clerical and Assistance Series
- 0130 - Foreign Affairs Series
- 0131 - International Relations Series
- 0132 - Intelligence Series
- 0134 - Intelligence Aid and Clerk Series
- 0136 - International Cooperation Series
- 0346 - Logistics Management Series
- 1811 - Criminal Investigation Series
- 1881 - Customs and Border Protection Interdiction Series
- 1895 - Customs and Border Protection Series
- 1896 - Border Patrol Enforcement Series
Other Career Considerations
A wide range of civilian job opportunities is available within the private and public sectors that align with MOS 18F Special Forces Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant military training and experience. More information about these opportunities and other considerations concerning occupations related to MOS 18F can be found below.
2020: IT Specialist
Overview: This job series covers positions responsible for providing support, guidance, and expertise in various Information Technology (IT) functions. Specialty areas include IT Policy Planning, Information Security, Customer Support, Network Services, Enterprise Architecture, Systems Analyst, Applications Software, Operating Systems, Data Management, Internet and Systems Administration. Work performed by the IT specialist varies and is dependent on the job field of each IT specialist.
Duties at CBP: Work within this job series requires an Information Technology (IT) Specialist to perform a variety of duties that involve knowledge of a wide variety of IT application, systems, and methods; ability to apply methods and practices for troubleshooting IT system issues to include issues such as network, database, customer inquiries, and knowledge of IT system security regulations, policies and procedures. Typical work assignments vary based on parenthetical/job fields listed above but duties may include:
- Providing advice and guidance on a wide range and variety of IT issues;
- Planning, analyzing, developing, implementing, maintaining and enhancing information systems security programs, policies, procedures and tools;
- Assisting in the installation and integration of system patches, repairs, updates, and enhancements to ensure the delivery of IT services;
- Installing, configuring, integrating, troubleshooting, optimizing and maintaining customer hardware and software to maximize system availability and monitors network performance.
Locations: Various; DC Metro Area
0080: Professional Security Specialist
Overview: This series includes positions that cover primary duties responsible for analytical, planning, advisory, operational, or evaluative work. The principal purpose is for the development and implementation of policies, procedures, standards, training, and methods for identifying and protecting information, personnel, property, facilities, operations, or material from unauthorized disclosure, misuse, theft, assault, vandalism, espionage, sabotage, or loss.
Duties at CBP: This position serves as a program manager or Security Program Officer with responsibility for performing assignments necessary to support the agency's efforts to safeguard its personnel, property, equipment, classified information, and all Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) assets. Typical work assignments may include:
- Representing CBP or DHS on security issues as a member of the departmental, agency, and inter-agency or inter-organizational workgroups as emerging issues mandate; and providing expert advice and assistance to senior management officials on security matters related to personnel, property, information, and CBP and/or DHS assets;
- Evaluating the sensitivity determination for each position; and reviewing, evaluating, and adjudicating reports of investigation, personnel files, and other records to determine whether to grant, deny, revoke, suspend, or restrict security clearances, consistent with national security and/or suitability issues;
- Assisting in coordinating the review and inspection of DHS facilities regarding clearance and access control; interacting with other agencies on a myriad of security issues; conducting, controlling, coordinating, monitoring, and reviewing security procedures and operations within the agency, the Department of Homeland Security, other federal agencies, international organizations, and state and local governments upon request; and evaluating existing security practices and making recommendations to correct any identified deficiencies;
- Identifying security matters covering areas such as the level and kind of security work to be performed; developing access control policies and procedures; resolving clearance and access security issues, and conducting inspections and assessments and offering corrective measures for deficiencies;
- Serving as an agency representative to the Operations Security program and coordinating Operational Security (OPSEC) programs within the agency to ensure that all employees are familiar with issues relating to the OPSEC program; preparing clearance and access survey directives and reports; assisting in reviewing sensitive clearance and access activities; and advising appropriate officials concerning the agency's maintenance of standards regarding its clearance and access OPSEC policies and recommending appropriate policy changes;
- Carrying out Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) policy established by the Director, Central Intelligence, relating to personnel and physical security within the agency; evaluating and adjudicating employee background investigations; advising supervisors of the procedures for adverse security determinations and employee rights; developing guidelines and procedures for special access approval; and interacting with other agencies in order to coordinate the review and inspection of facilities where SCI materials are discussed, stored, reviewed, and processed.
1802: Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Technician
Overview: This job series covers positions responsible for technical and clerical duties requiring the application of specialized knowledge of procedures, techniques, regulations, and office automation systems. The work serves to ensure adherence to provisions of CBP laws and regulations and requires extensive but less than a full specialist or officer training and capability.
Duties at CBP: Work within this job series requires a CBP Technician who will become professional performing technical duties requiring the application of specialized knowledge of procedures, techniques, regulations, and information. Typical work assignments include:
- Preparing complex broker/import cases for decision by a specialist, and reviewing declarations and cargo manifests for completeness and compliance with applicable regulations;
- Examining cargo and merchandise; applying appropriate tariff number, valve, and rate of duty and tax to merchandise; comparing passenger baggage to declarations;
- Coordinating and processing of data (permits, entries, declarations) into various automated systems;
- Assisting and providing support to CBP Officers and Agricultural Specialists on inspections, intelligence, analysis and examination of passengers, baggage and conveyances and cargo;
- Operating scanning equipment to review contents of packages; screening incoming parcels for completeness of declarations, admissibility, entry status, and contraband.
1889: Import Specialist
Overview: This job series covers positions that apply compliance and import knowledge to offer advice and guidance on classification, marking, origin, admissibility, and applicability of trade agreements and all other import related commercial operations activities.
Duties at CBP: Work within this job series requires an Import Specialist to perform a variety of duties that involve furnishing authoritative information and advice to field-based Import Specialists, so as to ensure the uniformity and accuracy of their decisions. Typical work assignments may include:
- Preparing advanced binding tariff classification rulings to importers and other interested persons and referring tariff related information to enhance the effectiveness of national cargo and entry summary selectivity;
- Preparing reports for the Assistant Chief Counsel (United States Court of International Trade) on court cases, protests for further review and re-appraisement cases recommending the government's position utilizing data and opinions developed in the office;
- Conducting national commodity seminars, webinars, port visits, and mini-seminars to promote accuracy and uniformity of CBP decisions nationwide; and
- Promoting Informed Compliance activities by conducting public outreach presentations and preparing Informed Compliance Publications on trade-related issues.
Locations: Various; Washington, DC
The IntelligenceCareers.com website provides a portal to information on intelligence and defense related opportunities in the private sector.
There is a wide range of job opportunities available within the U.S. Intelligence Community for information technologists, scientists, engineers, and crypto-, signals and imagery analysts. Individuals leaving the military with training and experience in the intelligence area will find positions that closely align with their military training and experience.
Agencies in the U.S. Intelligence Community include:
- Defense Intelligence Agency
- National Security Agency
- National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
- Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research
- Central Intelligence Agency
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Department of Homeland Security
In addition, there are other intelligence components within the U.S. Intelligence Community associated with the Departments of Energy and Treasury as well as all branches of the military services. Due to the nature of these positions, U.S. citizenship and background checks are required. Other prerequisites may include age, medical or psychological examinations, and drug testing.
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