- By Muneeb Jamal
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1. Recruitment & Training:
If you are a true patriot and u have decided r willing to serve your motherland as an ISI Agent, no matter what the consequences are than you have only two ways to achieve your dream. Let’s give you a little brief how to get recruited in ISI.
1.1. The indirect way:
The first an easiest way to Join ISI is to first join the armed forces of Pakistan. And these armed forces are Pak Army, Pak navy, and the Pak air force, members of all armed forces can join ISI, whether they are Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers (JCO’s), or the Non Commissioned Officers (NCO’s).
For the Officers/JCO’s/NCO’s the easiest way is to take permission from their Commanding Unit Officers, after that have to apply for admission. After form submissions the short listed candidates are be sent into the Inter-Services Intelligence School where they appear in a basic test which on clearing, than just After finishing the intelligence course, they can apply to be recruited in Field Intelligence Units (FIU) or in the directorate of Military/Air/Naval intelligence. Then candidates should wait and hope for their best result if they think their performance was good enough to be invited to the ISI on temporary bases. They are then offered a more permanent position after examine their performance in the military and the temporary posting with ISI,
Senior ISI officers with ranks of Major and above are only assigned to the ISI for no more than two to three years to curtail the attempt to abuse their power. Almost all of the Director-Generals of the ISI have never served in the organization before being appointed by the military commanders to lead it. ISI also keep an eye on former, current and retired military officers who at one way or another, held sensitive seats, serve at sensitive departments and had access to classified data. However in some special circumstances, officers with outstanding achievements are given an extended appointment and even a lifetime (till 60 years of age) job.
1.2. The Direct way:
This road led the civilians direct to the ISI, the ministry of defence advertise for the recruitment in ISI by jointly handled with the Federal Public Services Commission (FPSC) of Pakistan, and civilian ISI agents are considered employees of the Ministry of Defence. The FPSC supervise various examinations to know about the knowledge of the candidates’ in current affairs, English and various analytical abilities. Based on the results, the FPSC short lists the candidates and sends the list to the ISI which then, conducts the initial background checks. The selected candidates are then invited for an interview which is conducted by a joint committee comprising both ISI and FPSC officials.
Those candidates, who pass the interview, then have to go through rigorous fitness, medical and psychological evaluations. Once the candidate clears these evaluations, the ISI performs a very thorough background check on the candidate before being offered to join the ISI. Security clearance is granted once the candidate accepts the offer. Recruited agents then go to the Inter-Services Intelligence School for basic training following which, they are employed on an initial one year probationary period. However, civilian operatives are not allowed to rise above the equivalent of the rank of Major and are mostly assigned to Joint Intelligence X (JIX), Joint Intelligence Bureau (JIB) and Joint Counter-intelligence Bureau (JCIB) departments and the rest of the departments are solely headed by the armed forces though there have been rare cases in which civilians have been assigned to those departments.