0203 - Ground Intelligence Officer           

            2ndLt - 1stLt

The 0203 Ground Intelligence Officer is a challenging, competitive, and highly trained MOS filled with some of the Marine Corps' best young officers. Ground Intelligence Officers serve as commanders and staff officers in the operating forces and are responsible for tactical planning and employment of ground surveillance and reconnaissance units as well as the coordination of a unit's overall intelligence effort.

 

Ground Intelligence Officers analyze and evaluate information; estimate the tactical situation; and formulate, coordinate, execute approved intelligence actions, operations, and activities to include offensive and defensive actions, reconnaissance, and fire support. They command and/or lead ground units in tactical information gathering operations and activities in support of identified collection requirements. Additionally, they are responsible for manning, training, equipping, sustaining, and maintaining their unit. Through the intelligence officer, they support the overall intelligence effort of the command.

A typical first tour assignment for a Ground Intelligence Officer is as either the unit Intelligence Officer or the Assistant Intelligence Officer (S-2 or S-2A) within an O-5 (Lieutenant Colonel) or O-6 (Colonel) level command at either one of the battalions or regiments within either the MARDIV or the MLG as part of the GCE or LCE of the MAGTF, respectively. Ground Intelligence Officers can serve as Scout Sniper Platoon Commanders but can also be assigned to a company within an Intelligence Battalion as part of the CE of the MAGTF or to the G-2 at a MARDIV in support of a Major or Lieutenant Colonel on a General Officer staff.

Ground Intelligence Officers in their first tour are generally responsible for leading, training, and employing Marines under their charge, briefing intelligence updates to the staff and commander, and executing security management functions. They may also serve in a specialized intelligence role as a Targeting Officer or Collections Officer, or potentially serve as a Ground Sensor Platoon Commander or a Company Executive Officer. As Scout Sniper Platoon Commanders or Reconnaissance Platoon Commanders, they command, train, and employ 15-30 specialized infantry Marines to support the battalion’s collection plan in support of offensive and defensive operations across the entire spectrum of conflict.  

Ground Intelligence Officers in their first tour are generally responsible for leading, training, and employing Marines under their charge, briefing intelligence updates to the staff and commander, and executing security management functions. They may also serve in a specialized intelligence role as a Targeting Officer or Collections Officer, or potentially serve as a Ground Sensor Platoon Commander or a Company Executive Officer. As Scout Sniper Platoon Commanders or Reconnaissance Platoon Commanders, they command, train, and employ 15-30 specialized infantry Marines to support the battalion’s collection plan in support of offensive and defensive operations across the entire spectrum of conflict.  

Upon making Captain and becoming Career Designated, most 0203's will progress into the MOS of 0202.  Additional opportunities for 0203 Ground Intelligence Officers include consideration for the 0307 Expeditionary Ground Reconnaissance (EGR) Officer NMOS. EGR Officers are the commanders or assistants commanders in the reconnaissance battalions and force reconnaissance companies. As such, EGR Officers plan, direct and assist in the deployment and tactical employment of Reconnaissance units. To fulfill these responsibilities, they evaluate intelligence; estimate the operational situation; and formulate, coordinate and execute appropriate plans for ground reconnaissance, amphibious reconnaissance, raids, fire support, special insertion and extraction, communications, operational logistics and maintenance. EGR Officers are also responsible for the discipline, morale and welfare of their units’ Marines.

There are nearly 300 Ground Intel Officers in the Marine Corps, with more than half in the rank of First Lieutenant.  These numbers may be misleading, as becoming an 0203 is no simple task.  First, 0200's must pass the grueling Infantry Officer Course (IOC), The Basic School, Quantico, VA.  Then they must pass Scout Sniper Platoon Commander's Course (SSPCC), Weapons Training Battalion, Quantico, VA. Finally, upon completion of Ground Intelligence Officer's Course (GIOC), Marine Corps Intelligence Schools, Marine Corps Detachment Dam Neck, VA, they are officially fully trained as 0203's.

Prior to becoming an 0203, Marine Officers must have a current single scope background investigation/T5 investigation and an adjudicated application for a sensitive compartmented information (SCI) Security Clearance prior to attending GIOC.  Intelligence MOS Marines are required to have a Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) test score on file in their official military personnel file (OMPF). Intelligence MOS Marines that score above 100 on the DLAB may be designated to attend formal language training. There is no minimum DLAB score required. Intelligence officers will be administered the DLAB before being assigned the 0202 primary MOS.

As highly trained and glamorous as this MOS may be, not every officer who goes through this training will have the career path they were promised.  To read a well-written editorial on this topic, please click here.

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