Your airman will make requests for their first duty station selection while at Basic Military Training (BMT). They will fill out an out a form, known as a “dream sheet”, to list their assignment preferences. They will have the opportunity to fill out eight stateside bases and eight overseas bases if they want. They can put less, but that would just be putting a limit on the Air Force’s options in trying to match a base to your Airman’s preferences when the time comes to assign them their first base.
Since I mentioned selecting overseas bases, I do want to include a personal note about first term airmen and overseas assignments. An overseas assignment can be very rewarding for a lot of people. You will get to see different cultures and do a lot of things you may not be able to do stateside. With that said, I have personally seen a lot of airmen get themselves in serious trouble while overseas, especially when it is their first base assignment. I would recommend being very selective on which bases you list on your dream sheet and ensure when you do, that you will be mature enough to not get “carried away” with some of the things that happen overseas. Now, back to the rest of the article…
It is called a dream sheet for a reason. The Air Force will consider their preferences; however, the overriding deciding factor is where the Air Force needs people in your airman’s AFSC (Air Force Specialty Code) the most. If the Air Forces’ needs so happens to coincide with one of your airman’s preferences, great, everyone will be happy. If it does not happen to coincide with one of your airman’s preferences, your airman will be assigned to where the Air Force needs them.
For the most part, for the first duty assignment, the “dream sheet” is best thought of as a tie-breaker. For example, let’s say the Air Force needs airmen equally as bad at base X and base Y. They now have to decide which of these two bases to send your airman. They will look at your airman’s dream sheet and if they see they have base Y listed as one of their preferences. Problem solved! Your airman will be assigned to base Y! On the other hand, assume your airman has base Z on their dream sheet and not base X nor Y. Your airman will probably not be going to base Z. The Air Force will be assigning them to either base X or base Y, regardless of what is on their dream sheet, because that is where he/she is needed.
Of course, it goes without saying that assignments are based on valid vacancies for AFSC’s. If your Airmen has a AFSC that is limited to only certain bases, for example a U-2 reconnaissance plane mechanic, the options will be limited to the bases that have U-2’s.
Your airman will likely find out where their first base will actually be sometime before they graduate their tech school.
1N4X1 Fusion Analyst Duties: Performs and manages intelligence analysis activities/functions in all domains. Analyzes and exploits intelligence information, develops targets, and provides situational awareness for operations personnel and key leadership. Conducts research and develops assessments of adversarial actions and intentions. Drafts and disseminates long-term and time-sensitive intelligence reports to consumers worldwide.
For Entry Into This Specialty
- Successfully complete a polygraph test.
- No speech disorders or noticeable communications deficiencies.
- Specialty requires routine access to Top Secret material or similar environment.
Duties and Responsibilities
General overlapping duties: Supports analytical aspects of various Air Force and Joint Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance operations by collating, analyzing, evaluating and disseminating intelligence information. Analyzes, studies, researches, fuses, and correlates intelligence for strategic, operational, and tactical customers. Produces all-source intelligence, situation estimates, order-of-battle studies, and other intelligence reports and studies. Advises commanders on force protection and intelligence information for US and allied forces.
Digital Network Analyst: Exploits global communications to support Computer Network Operations (CNO). Employs techniques to collect, identify, and exploit appropriate communications to ensure accurate targeting. Isolates essential elements of information. Produces technical products and intelligence reports as required. Provides studies used to shape the global network environment enabling all aspects of U.S. network operations. Prepares target assessments, adversary studies, situation reports, and other intelligence reports as required. Provides tailored intelligence to enable Information Operations (IO) targeting and execution in support of Combatant Commander (COCOM) Objectives. Researches, analyzes, and provides time-critical Network Warfare operations intelligence to support theater COCOMs. Contributes to reports supporting CNO planning and Indications and Warnings. Provides analysis of IO activities and support to Operations Centers and supported commanders. Uses all-source intelligence information to produce and present topical high-interest technical and operational intelligence briefings to all levels of command. Creates and maintains technical and operational databases using diverse computer hardware and software applications.
Analysis and Production: Analyzes and reports intelligence information. Performs detailed analysis on target network communications for additional exploitation. Recovers, correlates, and fuses technical, geographical, and operational intelligence information. Recognizes and exploits information. Authors’ time-sensitive intelligence reports in accordance with established guidelines to support decisions makers. Produces, analyzes, studies, researches, fuses, and correlates intelligence for strategic, operational, and tactical customers. Provides target geopolitical and operational intelligence to national agencies and military command authorities. Identifies and disseminates real-time threat warning information. Develops and employs techniques to collect, identify, and exploit target networks and operating characteristics. Conducts in-depth analysis of communications characteristics and target tactics, techniques, and procedures. Creates and maintains technical and operational databases using diverse computer hardware and software applications. Operates mission-essential communications mediums. Provides detailed support to contingency and deliberate planning processes. Uses all-source intelligence information to produce and present topical high-interest technical and operational intelligence briefings to all levels of command. Prepares target communication assessments, adversary order of battle studies, situation reports, and other intelligence reports as required. Provides analysis of IO activities and support to Air and Space Operations Centers and supported commanders.
Knowledge. Must gain and maintain knowledge of global communications procedures; analytical techniques; organization of the national intelligence structure; intelligence organizations and systems; Information Operations; organization of designated military forces; geography; collection and reporting, systems, principles, methods, and procedures; effective writing principles; oral and written intelligence information presentation; and directives for handling, disseminating, and safeguarding classified information.
Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in composition, speech, geography, world history, statistics, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, computer applications, and digital communications is desirable.
Training. The following training is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:
- 1N431A. For award, completion of the XAAQR1N431AXXXX Network Intelligence Analysis Fundamentals and XAABR1N431AXXXX Digital Network Intelligence Analysis Apprentice courses.
- 1N431B. Completion of the XAAQR1N431BXXXX Network Intelligence Analysis Fundamentals and XAABR1N431BXXXX Analysis and Production Apprentice courses.
Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award and retention of the AFSC indicated:
- 1N451A. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1N431A or 1N451B.
- 1N451B. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1N431B.
- 1N471A. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1N451A or 1N471B.
- 1N471B. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1N451B.
- 1N490. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1N471X.
1N4X1A - Digital Network Analyst
1N4X1B - Analysis and Production