WASHINGTON (Army News Service, March 28, 2007) - The Army announced today the implementation of the Human Intelligence Noncommissioned Officer Special Recruiting Program to bring at least 100 experienced NCOs into the 97-Echo career field.

"Our goal is to quickly infuse 100 staff sergeants and sergeants first class to our HUMINT force from all other career fields," said Sgt. Maj. Fernando Martinez-Irizarry, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2.

"They will be provided accelerated training on basic and advanced HUMINT skills and be assigned to units deploying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom," he said.

The 97-Echo military occupational skill is the U.S. Army's MOS for HUMINT collectors. HUMINT Soldiers collect intelligence information from human sources, analyze HUMINT information, and conduct debriefings and interrogations.

The career field currently offers a Selective Reenlistment Bonus of up to $30 thousand or a critical skills retention bonus of up to $50 thousand.

Training is 24 weeks and four days or 27 weeks and four days, depending on the follow-on assignment. Classes begin on May 14, June 25 and Aug. 13.

Application deadline is March 30 for the first class and April 30 for the final two classes. Soldiers interested should be U.S. citizens, fully deployable and have a minimum General Technical score of 100.

For more information call Sgt. Maj. Ronald Wheelock at (520) 533-1174.