AOC 30A Information Operations Officer

AOC Description

The information operations officer coordinates, supervises and participates in all-source current intelligence activities focusing on the intentions, geography and military capabilities of foreign nations, with primary emphasis on the ground forces. Develops collection and production requirements, and the acquisition of information and intelligence including targeting of strategic collection resources. Evaluates, interprets, analyzes, and produces intelligence products.

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Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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