Primary MOS 0211 - Counterintelligence / Human Intelligence Specialist
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PMOS 0211 CI/HUMINT Specialist Description

CI/HUMINT Marines perform sensitive and complex intelligence operations in support of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) during garrison and deployed operations. 0211’s identify threats posed by hostile intelligence organizations or persons engaged in espionage, sabotage, subversion, or terrorism. 0211’s also collect information of intelligence value through interrogation, debriefing, screening, and/or liaison operations. They can deploy with a MAGTF, other Services, and interagency partners to protect personnel, property, and national security information.

Is a Lateral Move to CI/HUMINT right for you?

CI/HUMINT Marines directly contribute to the success of the Marine Corps mission. While the requisite technical and operational skills are learned through training, there are certain innate qualities which CI/HUMINT Specialists must possess. CI/HUMINT Marines must have outstanding communication skills which enable them to interact with a wide variety of people under any circumstance. Intellect, flexibility, creativity, and diverse cultural experience are invaluable traits of CI/HUMINT Marines. The MOS requires a layered depth of character, morality, and maturity, and mission success relies heavily on interpersonal skills. Accordingly, Marines who apply for lateral move must have first proven themselves as high-quality Marines.

  1. Must be a United States (U.S.) citizen.
  2. Must possess a minimum GT score of 105, OR a minimum CL of 105, OR a minimum AFQT score of 55.
  3. Must be a volunteer Corporal or Sergeant of any MOS. Exceptionally qualified Lance Corporals and Staff Sergeants may be screened for lateral move on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Must meet sensitive compartmented information eligibility guidelines based on a single scope background investigation/T5 investigation.
  5. Must be 21 years of age or older prior to graduation from the MAGTF CI/HUMINT Course.
  6. Must be willing to submit to a Counterintelligence-scope Polygraph Examination.
  7. Must submit to a Counterintelligence Scope Polygraph Examination.
  8. Must possess a valid U.S. driver's license.
  9. Must be worldwide deployable when approved for lateral move.
  10. Must have 60 months obligated service upon lateral move approval.
  11. Marines must complete the MAGTF CI/HUMINT Course (N46HFW2), Marine Corps Intelligence Schools (MCIS), Dam Neck, VA. Failure to attend and pass the MAGTF CI/HUMINT Course will result in an MOS reclassification or separation per current MMEA guideline and applicable MCOs.
  12. Marines who attend a formal language school or designated language dialect course and obtain a minimum proficiency of in two modalities (listening, reading, or speaking) on the defense language proficiency test (DLPT) will be assigned an EMOS of 27XX in the appropriate language. CI/ HUMINT Marines assigned a 27XX EMOS shall maintain a minimum proficiency of 1+/1+ on the DLPT.
  13. CI/HUMINT Marines may be assigned to billets which require additional training and/or certifications. Selection for additional training and subsequent billet assignments will be managed by HQMC (I Div) in coordination with subordinate Marine Corps units. Training in excess of 120 days will incur time in service obligation. Prior to assignment the Marine must obtain 36 months of obligated service.
Career Development

A lateral move to CI/HUMINT Specialist is a dynamic and rewarding career for ranks ranging from Corporal to Master Sergeant. The CI/HUMINT field offers a career path with an opportunity to apply for the CI/HUMINT Warrant Officer Program (PMOS 0210), Special Operations Capability Specialists (NMOS 8071), and the Technical Surveillance Countermeasures Specialist (NMOS 0212).

Rewarding Opportunities

CI/HUMINT Marines undergo extensive training, operating both independently and as small teams in support of MAGTF/Joint Forces. In addition to entry level training and specialized follow-on intelligence courses, CI/HUMINT Marines have the opportunity to attend:

  • Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE)

  • Airborne training (JUMP School)

  • Advanced driving and shooting courses (tailored to mission requirements)

  • Other Intelligence related training courses for tactical, operational, and strategic operations provided by various military, government, and civilian agencies.

  • CI/HUMINT Specialists serve a critical role within the Reserve Component (RC).  To be eligible for PMOS 0211 in the RC, Marines must meet the following

  • Selected Marine Corps Reserve (SMCR). Marines must affiliate with or be a current member of an SMCR Unit.

  • Individual Mobilization Augmentee. Marines must be affiliated with a SMCR unit.

  • Individual Ready Reserve. Marines must be discharged from the Active Component or Selected Reserve under honorable conditions.

  • Direct Affiliation Program (DAP). Active Component or Active Reserve Marines can apply for lateral move into PMOS 0211 within the RC via the DAP. They must be released under honorable conditions.

  • RC Marines must sign a Statement of Understanding accepting the requirements and conduct of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders to attend PMOS 0211 entry level training.

  • MARADMIN 279/20 and MARADMIN 470/22 provides additional Reserve-related lateral move information.

CI/HUMINT Marines serve in both the Active and Reserve Components. During a career, they may be assigned to the Marine Corps Fleet Marine Force, Supporting Establishment, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Defense Intelligence Agency, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Combatant Commands, and other unique billets.

Duty Stations:

Upon PMOS attainment, Marines receive orders to one of the following units for their initial tour as a CI/HUMINT Specialist:

  • 1ST INTEL BN (Camp Pendleton), 2D INTEL BN (Camp Lejeune), 3D INTEL BN (Camp Hansen), MARSOC (Camp Lejeune)

  • Other duty stations outside of the before-mentioned align with career progression and are competitive selection based on operational experience and include places such as Hawaii, Florida, Maryland, and Germany. Addition opportunities exist outside of the Marine Corps with Joint Service and Other Agency opportunities. 


Marines approved for lateral move into the 0211 MOS may rate a substantial selective retention bonus (SRB). For example, a qualified Sergeant who lateral moves into PMOS 0211 and agrees to serve 72-months will qualify for both a $65,000 MOS-specific bonus and the $40,000 kicker for a total of $105,000.  Upon successful completion of MOS training and subsequent award of PMOS 0211, bonus payment will be paid based upon the SRB amount authorized at the time of reenlistment.

Per MARADMIN 326/23 ENLISTED ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE LIMITS, para 3.d.1.  Corporals may be granted a waiver for active Marine Corps service up to 10 years if favorably endorsed at the O-6 level and approved by CMC (MMEA).

Common Questions

Q. How long does the Lat move process take?

A. This depends on you. You’ll need to work your RELM, this takes some time. If you do the Suitability Assessment Recommendation Panel (SARP) and receive a favorable recommendation, the paperwork gets routed together; once approved you’ll receive PCS orders to the school. Waiting to execute orders, you’ll start reading books, writing essays, and be required to complete online training in preparation for your course pick-up date.

Q. What is the deployment schedule like for 0211?

A. This depends on where you go geographically, as each unit has its own area of responsibility. 1 and 3 MEF have a lot of mission requirements focused on the Pacific. MARSOC and 2 MEF also have enduring mission requirements which will keep you operationally engaged if you opt for East Coast. Most 0211’s experience a 1:2 dwell ratio, but 1:3 is the goal as our population grows. Time off is necessary to reset, take advantage of advanced MOS training, and complete pre-deployment requirements.

Q. What is the thing that disqualifies most applicants, and how do I prepare for it?

A. This is a great question, assuming an applicant is in fact qualified based pre-requisites and wants to move forward into the Suitability Assessment phase. It is hard to say there is any one thing which disqualifies an individual. Applicants who are not recommended typically did not prioritize their preparation, are not able to think on their feet, have poor written and verbal communications skills, and lack humility.

PMOS 0211 Recruiting Manager
Intel Division | Deputy Commandant for Information, HQMC
Phone: 703-895-8616


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