The Military Intelligence Corps Association (MICA) is the premier professional association of the U.S. Army’s Military Intelligence Corps, with the mission of preserving history, educating leaders, honoring professionals, sharing knowledge, and providing supporting award programs. MICA members represent the active duty, reserve component, and retired as well as defense contractors and others who support the MI mission and are dedicated to ensuring that Army Intelligence remains “Always Out Front!”
MICA promotes Military Intelligence through a variety of programs, including: Mentorships; Scholarships; The Vanguard Magazine; The Knowlton, Van Deman, Golden Rose and Order of the Sphinx Awards; MI Corps and MICA merchandise, and Support for the Army Intelligence Museum.
MICA is a private non-profit organization with chapters strategically located. These chapters support programs and activities that provide professional and community support for Military Intelligence through individual and corporate members. Typical chapter activities include general membership meetings with guest speakers, community involvement events and special events honoring the Military Intelligence Corp and outstanding MI professionals.
The Military Intelligence Branch is a basic branch of the U.S. Army. Although Military Intelligence personnel have been a part of the Army since its founding in 1775, it wasn’t until July 1967 that a number of intelligence and security organizations were combined to form this branch of service. Military Intelligence soldiers wear the Military Intelligence Branch Insignia. In 1971, the United States Army Intelligence Center and School, the home of Military Intelligence, was established at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
On 1 July, 1987 the Military Intelligence Corps was activated as a regiment under the U.S. Army regimental system. The Military Intelligence Corps Insignia has the sphinx at the shield’s center has been associated with U.S. Military Intelligence since 1923, when it was adopted as the insignia of the Military Intelligence Officers Reserve Corps. This mythological creature has exemplified the combination of wisdom with strength from ancient times to the present. The key and lightning bolt represent knowledge and speed. The motto “Always Out Front” is a reminder that the members of the Corps are continuously in action against the enemies of our nation.