Posted on Jul 5, 2019
PFC Ted Ronayne
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I'm currently in 35F AIT and I'm trying to get a better picture of the life of a fox in various units. While I have a good knowledge of a fox's responsibilities in an S-2 shop, I'm trying to find out more about other units and levels a fox can find oneself working in.

Specifically, I'm wondering about the life of a 35F in a company/troop Intelligence support team or military intelligence company.

Do these positions offer more tactical opportunities? (away from a desk/out in the field) Do these positions differ between different maneuver units? (Infantry vs Cav?) What tasks would I be expected to carry out?

I'm trying to put together a more complete picture of those units so (if I ever get to have any control over my assignments) I can try for a unit with more tactical opportunities or positions that broaden my skillsets.
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SFC Casey O'Mally
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If they put you on a CoIST, they have wasted you. CoISTs are supposed to be made up of guys from the unit, not intel guys. Maneuver folks with a bit of intel training.

Honestly, take whatever assignment you get and learn to do it well. 35F is such a broad MOS that the possibilities are too many to name. There are three basic realms for a Fox. Tactical, strategic, and TRADOC. Try to rotate back and forth between tactical and strategic or TRADOC. - tac/strat/tac/TRADOC/tac kind of thing. Once you have done a couple years at your first assignment, ask one of the more senior NCOs around you what you should be looking for next. There aee advantages and disadvantages to starting at a strat assignment. There are advantages and disadvantages to starting at a tactical assignment. Neither is really better, balance is the key.
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PFC Ted Ronayne
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Thank you for the advice! I just know that a CoIST is supposed to have at least 2 analysts (who are 35F) for information analysis. I actually find it quite an interesting responsibility. I suppose it might be a "waste" but I think analysts at such a level could do a lot of good for a company sized element without an s-2.

I will look for balance to be sure. Thank you for the advice!
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MAJ Ken Landgren
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I don't understand any of the acronyms.
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PFC Ted Ronayne
PFC Ted Ronayne
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My apologies for not being more clear sir. A CoIST is a "company intelligence support team" a team of 5-7 individuals at the company level responsible for bridging the gap between battalion level S-2 and smaller elements.

A MICO is a military intelligence company. However, I do not know the main purpose of a MICO yet.

Unfortunately, I don't know what to expect if I am assigned to either element.
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MAJ Ken Landgren
MAJ Ken Landgren
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PFC Ted Ronayne -
If all else fails, use google. I am not picking on you, but want to tell you when using military acronyms to those who are not familiar with them, you should follow this example: Military Intelligence Company (MICO). 99% of posters here don't follow that rule.

One of the reasons General Patton's army of 90,000 soldiers were able to maneuver quickly was greatly facilitated by reconnaissance by maneuver and fire by ground and fighters. Sometimes he pushed his army faster than the Germans could retreat.
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PFC Ted Ronayne
PFC Ted Ronayne
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MAJ Ken Landgren Thank you for the advice sir! Hopefully I can find out more on Google, unfortunately I haven't been able to find out much yet.
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MAJ Ken Landgren
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I dont think CoIST is even a thing anymore. The CoIST program was for maneuver units to take some smart people and give them a program (Tigernet) that allowed them to post sigact to conduct their own analysis. I dont think it is being used anymore.
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One good thing about INTEL is the opportunity to cross train. I had multiple soldiers who had multiple 35 series. The more MOSs the more opportunities. Electronic warfare is very popular inside of the 35 series. I just got transferred and awaiting promotion back into Air Traffic Control. So every day from May 15Th my information become more dated. PFC Ted Ronayne
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PFC Ted Ronayne
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SFC (Join to see) I would appreciate that SSG!
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SFC (Join to see) how long ago was this, if I could ask. I was just promoted into the COIST PSG slot for D Co 876 ENG 2IBCT/28ID. While I am aware of how the COIST Is supposed to work by regs, my training( outside of normal Intel duties) have included a lot of TSE ( EX: my state has my platoon, as well as some of our 35Ms go to the morgue every quarter to learn how to process fingerprints for identification ,pull fluids out of cadavers etc). Do you think that training may differentiate based on type of unit( ABCT v IBCT) and or deployment and training schedule?
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The one person who had true COIST time had done hers 10 years ago. She was an excellent resource. The deployment I just came from had COIST soldiers blended into the BISE, BN S2’s, etc, etc, etc. we prepped prior to deployment just in case. I’d also say every BCT and every deployment has its own challenges and priorities. Getting the training in before the deployment I was helpful even if not used on the deploymentSSG (Join to see)
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