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CHIPS Articles: Navy Accepting Applications for Intelligence University

Navy Accepting Applications for Intelligence University
By Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs - December 11, 2018
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Applications are now being accepted for enlisted information warfare community personnel to attend the National Intelligence University (NIU), the Navy announced in a message, Dec. 10.

According to NAVADMIN 299/18, active-duty Sailors in the cryptologic technician (CT), intelligence specialist (IS) and information systems technician (IT) ratings can now apply for enrollment in NIU for Bachelor of Science in intelligence, Master of Science of strategic intelligence and Master of Science and technology intelligence degree programs.

Master Chief Intelligence Specialist John Frakes, the Selected Reserve enlisted community manager technical advisor for information warfare ratings, earned a Bachelor of Science in intelligence through NIU in 2012, and said attendance at the NIU program greatly expanded his knowledge and understanding of the role of the intelligence community in U.S. strategic decision-making.

“Sailors gain insight and understanding of how to apply the many different intelligence disciplines to operational problem sets," said Frakes. "[NIU education] develops and hones skills in structured analytic techniques, improves research and writing skills critical to successful intelligence analysis and greatly expands regional and cultural awareness, which is critical to understanding an adversary. [It] provides Sailors the ability to collaborate and work with Airmen, Marines, Soldiers, and intelligence community civilians on various intelligence problems.”

“At a time in our history when data and information is critical to warfighting success, we need both officers and enlisted Sailors that are highly skilled in information warfare," said Frakes. "Navy schools are beneficial to developing rating skills, but the advanced education takes them beyond their initial skill set.”

Sailors selected for NIU attendance will be assigned to Navy-funded education as full-time students and will conduct a permanent change of station move to Bethesda, Maryland, with an August 2019 start date. Sailors will be expected to carry a full academic load and degree requirements should be completed in 12 months.

Those interested in applying must meet the following criteria:

- Must be an E-5 or above eligible for a continental U.S. shore assignment between April 2019 and January 2020.

- Must be eligible to incur a five-year, active-duty service obligation.

- Must meet physical fitness assessment (PFA) standards with no PFA failures in the past three years.

- Must have no evaluation marks below 3.0 within the last five years.

- Must hold or be eligible for a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information security clearance.

- Upon application submission, official transcripts must be sent to the NIU admissions office.

Each degree program also has its own set of requirements, and interested Sailors should read NAVADMIN 299/18 at for the full list.

“NIU develops information warfare professionals, not just good CTs or ISs,” said Frakes. “It also prepares Navy information warfare professionals to lead in a variety of both Navy and joint assignments.

Sailors who want to apply should contact their detailer immediately. For more information about NIU, visit

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (Feb. 1, 2018) Cryptologic Technician (Maintenance) Seaman Christopher Payne examines the control card of a ship's signal exploitation equipment Increment E (SSEE INC-E) system during the SSEE INC-E Maintenance course at Information Warfare Training Command Corry Station. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Taylor L. Jackson/Released
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