Life as an intelligence officer
Military Factor is a portion of the pay that all full-time members of the New Zealand Defence Force earn. This extra pay recognizes the special essence of military service and your dedication to serving your country. This can include last-minute assignments around the country and abroad. You will be required to be constantly alert at times, to perform difficult and dangerous tasks, and to operate in hostile working conditions that are unique to military life. This also involves the use of military skills that aren’t readily apparent in business comparisons. Your contribution to our armed forces and your dedication to our country will be financially compensated.
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From an intelligence officer to an Iron Man runner to a veteran’s advocate, he’s seen it all. Sarah Watson is the first veteran in our Life After Service series. We spoke about her time in the Australian Defence Force in our podcast interview with her (#76). In this film, we look at her struggles and triumphs as she transitioned from the military to civilian life. Listen to the audio-only version below or watch the episode on YouTube.
Sarah Watson, an Iraq veteran, is interviewed by Alex Lloyd.
Life on the Line tracks down and documents the experiences of Australian military veterans. Sarah Watson served in the Australian Army as an intelligence officer. During the Arab Spring, she deployed to Iraq in 2006 and served as the Intelligence Analyst for all Middle Eastern countries except Afghanistan. Alex Lloyd speaks with Sarah about the struggles and victories she experienced while in uniform and beyond. In Christmas on the Line Vol III, Sarah returned to the podcast. Sarah was also included in the LIFE AFTER SERVICE video documentary collection.
Life as an intelligence analyst
“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” as the saying goes. Often, though, it’s a combination of the two. There are moments in life where finding the right person will provide you with information that will alter your perspective. Occasionally, we encounter someone interesting who unwittingly teaches us a set of laws that can drastically alter our lives. Here are seven life laws to follow. From a conversation with a former intelligence officer, I heard the following:
Never take something at face value or for granted. I understand how paranoid this sounds. Consider this: how many times have you blindly believed what someone told you only to discover later that it was total nonsense? How many times have you suffered as a result of believing a lie? It may seem paranoid on the surface, but it can save you a lot of time and heartache.
This is similar to someone telling you not to buy the first car you see or the first house you see. When it comes to big transactions, you can shop around. Similarly, you can do your own study on various topics. Never take a single person’s word for it. A tale often has three sides: one, two, and the real, which lies somewhere in the middle.
You will provide intelligence support to officers and staff at all levels, both at sea and ashore, as an Intelligence Officer (Navy Intelligence Officer) in the Royal Australian Navy. This role necessitates a high level of mental endurance, as well as the ability to synthesize and critically analyze data rapidly. Since you will work at the tactical, organizational, and strategic levels and integrate with a number of joint and inter-governmental agencies, critical thinking skills are essential. A Navy Intelligence Officer would be at ease coping with a variety of situations and leading teams of highly qualified individuals as well as operating alone for extended periods of time.
You could also work in fields other than intelligence, such as teaching and instructing. Throughout your career, you will be expected to deploy on exercises or operations in a ship, task group, force element, or joint headquarters.
You will progress from engaging in the general intelligence staff process, either as a staff officer or an operator, to overseeing and leading the intelligence process throughout your career as an Intelligence Officer. Policy growth, capability development, project management, career management, and workforce management all have staff officer roles.