Thursday, March 17, 2011
NIS/NCIS - A Brief History
The main character in my novels is Grant Stevens, assigned to the Naval Investigative Service in Washington, D.C. In 1992 the name NIS was changed to NCIS. Here is a brief overview of the organization:
The major buildup of civilian special agents began with the Korean War in 1950, and continued through the Cold War years. In 1966 the name Naval Investigative Service (NIS) was adopted to distinguish the organization from the rest of ONI, and in 1969 NIS special agents were reclassified from contract employees and became Excepted Civil Service.
The early 1970s saw an NIS special agent stationed on the USS Intrepid (CVS-11) for six months which was the beginning of the "Deployment Afloat" program, (now called the Special Agent Afloat program). In 1972, background investigations were transferred from NIS to the newly formed Defense Investigative Service (DIS), allowing NIS to give more attention to criminal investigations and counter-intelligence. The first female agent was stationed at Naval Air Station, Miramar, CA in 1975.
In 1982, NIS assumed responsibility for managing the Navy's Law Enforcement and Physical Security Program and the Navy's Information and Personnel Security Program. Additionally, in 1982 two classes of NIS Special Agents were trained at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Glynco, GA, in an assessment of FLETC's capability to train military investigators. Prior to this and subsequently until 1984 NIS Special Agent Training was in ONI Headquarters, Suitland, MD.
for further information go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_Investigative_Service