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How does someone get into CIA SAD?
Do they need to be former special ops guys? or can you join the CIA and train to become an operator there?
- SpikeLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
CIA's National Clandestine Service (use to be called the Directorate of Operations from the mid 70s to a few years after 9/11)
CIA Operation Officer: A regular CIA Operation Officer is almost like a business person, when on the job. They are NOT train to use or issued a handgun at all. Two of the things a regular CIA Operation Officer does is recruiting and dead drop. A Dead Drop is when a another spy from another country leaves a single and package or for you pick up at a location. What he or she leaves could could anything, like even just a note. Some might even meet one that want to defect. A regular CIA Operation Officer always have a cover as a news reporter, news photographer, embassy worker or a business person. A four year degree with one of the right majors is required.
CIA Operation Officer in Special Activity Division: Operation Officer in Special Activity Division, are all either former Army Special Forces, Delta Force, Army Ranger or Navy Seals. CIA Operation Officer in Special Activity Division are the only Operation Officers in the CIA train to use a handgun and a M4. Some of the stuff Special Activity Division does are Hearst integration(like water boarding), ambushes, sabotage and sometime work along side with any U.S. Special Operation Forces. A famous fictional former CIA Operation Officer in Special Activity Division is Tom Clancy's John Clark. CIA Operation Officer in Special Activity Division are not fully military dress when in the field, they dress more like a mercenary and private military contractor. Which is called paramilitary. Operation Officer in Special Activity Division is also trained to do what a regular CIA Operation Officer does, so when there are not enough Special Activity Division type stuff, they go do that. Beside having to have been a U.S. Special Operation Forces soldier from one of the branches of the military, a four year college degree with one of the right majors is also required.
NOTE: Being a CIA Analyst and a regular CIA Operation Officer still have to have join the military. But there is two way for this you can go to college and get your degree first. After that join the CIA, then they sent to work in the military for one of the branches. You will be commissioned with rank, that is IF the CIA will sponor you for Officer Training School and don't even have to go through basic training. But you have to rejoin the CIA afterward. That is what happen with Robert M. Gates early in his career. But if you join the military first then college and then the CIA. Yes one would have to go through basic training.
- 6 years ago
•Consider joining the military first. Although the CIA offers no hiring preference for veterans, candidates with relevant prior military service, especially in military intelligence, have a leg-up. You still need a college degree.
•Some other languages currently in high demand include: Greek, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Serbian, Croatian, and Turkish.
•The CIA usually won't hire anyone who is over 35 for the National Clandestine Service.
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- MAJ KevLv 78 years ago
By knowing at a minimum that you don't go to the military theme site .....
Of course, going to the CIA's careers webpage might be a start ....
- jeeper_peeper321Lv 78 years ago
ya know, if I wanted to know the requirements to do a specific job in the CIA
i'd go to the CIA career web page and actually read the requirements
but then, that's just me.
- JamesLv 58 years ago
Fill out an application, take a drug test and you're in like flynn.
- Anonymous8 years ago
I think most SAD operators are ex Delta Force or DEVGRU.
- ?Lv 58 years ago
Lemme guess, your a COD fanboy?