0261 - Geographic Intelligence Specialist                     

            Pvt- MGySgt

The Geospatial Intelligence Specialist is an entry level primary MOS. Geospatial Intelligence Specialists collect, analyze, and process geophysical data and geographic information to aid in the production of geospatial intelligence products. Geospatial intelligence products are derived from manipulating geospatial information by collecting, synthesizing, querying, validating and analyzing geospatial information in a database. Intelligence products are further intensified by the collection, analysis, and processing of geophysical data. Equipment utilized includes survey and mapping instrumentation such as the theodolites, electronic and satellite positioning equipment, and microcomputer based mapping equipment. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are used for analysis of geographic information and remotely sensed imagery (RSI).

In this MOS, Marines use data captured from surveying equipment, satellites, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), and other systems to create imagery usable by Marine forces.  in 2017, Reserve Marines with Production and Analysis Company, Intelligence Support Battalion, Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserve, attending Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, did their part to aid disaster relief by assisting in the creation of 3,000 maps for Houston and Puerto Rican residents that would allow aid workers and rescuers to find viable means of traversing the devastated landscape.  Due to the necessity of alternative routes within the affected areas, the maps were downloaded more than 1,000 times within the first hour of their release.  These relief efforts wouldn’t have been possible without the development of the Headquarters Marine Corps partnership with Delta State University.  To learn more, click here.

The 0261 MOS works with civilian GIS specialists and national agencies to create, maintain, and reproduce the maps the Marine Corps uses for its mission planning.  0261's also update maps with information returned from Marines in the Area of Operations and new imagery analysis.  These maps are used for planning military operations and exercises across the range of military operations, ranging from beach landings and invasions, to counterinsurgency and mobility operations. 0261's can be found in Battalion S-2 shops, Group, Wing, and Division Intelligence sections, Geospatial Intelligence Platoons at Intelligence Battalions, and other joint intelligence activities across the Department of Defense.  Marines in Geospatial Intelligence Platoons work to collect information in addition to analyzing and preparing it.

There are roughly 250 Marines on active duty in the MOS.  70% are between Lance Corporal and Sergeant.  

Marines can begin their careers in this MOS or laterally transfer into it from any other MOS.  All prospective 0261's must be a Corporal or below from any Primary MOS . Sergeants may be considered if otherwise exceptionally qualified and they have less than one year time in grade at time of interview.  Other prerequisites for the 0241 MOS are that applicants must be a U.S citizen, have a minimum GT score of 110, must have normal color vision and normal stereoscopic acuity verified by a medical officer, must meet with a special security officer (SSO), and must meet sensitive compartmented information (SCI) eligibility guidelines based on a single scope background investigation (SSBI)/T5 investigation.  Having previously taken courses in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry is highly desirable.  To be selected, applicants must first be interviewed and recommended for lateral move by an 0261 Gunnery Sergeant or above. Interview waivers can be granted only by the 0241/0261 occupational field Specialist or CMC (MM). 

The MOS is awarded to Marines who successfully complete the Basic Geographical Intelligence Specialist Course (BGIS), Marine Corps Detachment Dam Neck, Virginia within six months of their lateral move.  Marines failing to do so may be reclassified or separated (waiverable).

To learn more about enlisted career paths, please visit our Enlisted Info section.

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