The new Intelligence Professional (IP) Insignia recognizes the professional qualifications of active duty, reserve, and civilian specialists in the intelligence field.
The insignia, which features a trident and key extending its length and crossed waves accenting, can be granted on a temporary or permanent basis.
This is one of the latest insignias approved since Commandant Adm. Linda Fagan encouraged the service to ensure all communities can earn an insignia honoring their expertise. Insignias are worn on a member’s uniform, signaling that person’s professional achievement while creating esprit de corps.
What inspired the design of the insignia?
The Coast Guard Intelligence Community strives to secure sensitive information and enables a decision maker to better understand issues pertaining to all Coast Guard operations regardless of mission set. The Intelligence Professional Insignia contains a trident and key extending its length, crossed with waves accenting.
Who designed the insignia?
The IP insignia was designed by a student intern with the specific intent to incorporate various elements of heraldry used by the Coast Guard. The intern also created a design that represents the CGIC and its support for both the Coast Guard and broader Intelligence Community (IC) missions.
Who can earn the insignia?
All active duty, reserve, and civilian members are authorized to earn the IP insignia, temporary or permanent, if they complete the below requirements:
- Complete Intelligence Job Entry Level Training as outlined in the Intelligence Training, COMDTINST 1500.26;
- Obtain the Intelligence Core (INTCORE) Competency at the Apprentice level;
- Possess a current Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC), as defined by the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (USD (I&S)). The IFPC must be renewed every three years after the date of certification to be considered current;
- The temporary insignia may only be worn while actively serving in an Intelligence billet of qualifying experience for which the issuing authority approved the insignia. Upon transfer to a new billet, the insignia must be removed from the uniform. If the new billet is also an Intelligence billet of qualifying experience, the member is authorized to continue wearing the temporary insignia while assigned to that billet. Only one temporary insignia may be worn at a time.
- Possess the Temporary Intelligence Professional Insignia;
- Obtain the INTCORE Competency at the Master level;
- Possess a current IFPC, as defined by USD (I&S).
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