Operational and Defence Intelligence

Discussion in 'Royal Naval Reserve (RNR)' started by Victor_Quartermaine, Apr 4, 2008.

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  1. I am considering the most useful way for me to serve and wished to understand what is operational and defence intelligence.

    I've investigated the RNR website and this forum and will pitch up to the next meet & greet night at my nearest unit, but I wondered if any kind soul is prepared to offer a true description of what is involved? I appreciate the difference between the two roles, but which is more interesting (subjective, I know, but everybody has an opinion) and likely to provide job satisfaction (which is obviously important, especially when being performed for altruistic purposes).

    It may be I have an unrealistic expectation and should focus on something else, it's hard to tell from the thumbnail sketch provided officially.

    Many thanks for your help.
  2. Purple_twiglet

    Purple_twiglet War Hero Moderator

    Changing heavily in nature - if you join, pass AIB, pass fleetboard and then get selected into branch - realistically a process of 3-4 years, then you will become a general service intelligence officer. You will then do a range of courses and chose over time to specialise in certain areas if you have the aptitude and ability to do so.
    Broadly speaking you'll find Op Int is more focused on the operational picture, while DI tends to be more strategic in outlook. Discussion of specifics isn't to be encouraged given the sensitive nature of the work.
  3. I couldn't think how to word it! BZ to you for doing so very well! Additionally DI work is more analytical.

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