| ANBU Divisions
||[Apr. 23rd, 2009|02:38 am]
ANBU has two main divisions: Hunters and Intel, and ANBU Intel is divided into three parts: Field Operations, Internal Operations, and Torture and Interrogation|
Field Ops as the name implies, is the division that is actually out in the field running missions. They are the spies, the infiltrators, the undercover agents. Your average Intel field agent would need to be smart, put together, quick on his or her feet, able to resist torture in the likely event of capture, fiercely loyal to Konoha, and have the ability to blend well with whatever group/organization/village/troupe/army/etc he or she ends up in.
Some Field Ops agents subspecialize in seductions. They and their Hunter counterparts are part of the Eros Division, which straddles the Intel/Hunter divide.
Intel field agents are usually not assigned assassinations: those fall to Hunters, though a field agent could certainly be called upon to kill in the course of a mission. Generally, Field Agents gather information; Hunters track, kill, thieve, sabotage, etc.
T&I, well... We all know what they do, and no one likes to talk about it. It takes a strong stomach and a stronger mind to make a career out of T&I. Unshakable confidence that the ends justifiy the means, a keen understanding of human psychology, and a comfort level with cruelty are keys for T&I agents.
Internal Ops make up the rest of Intel, and they have several sub groups: Data Analysis, Mission Management, Cryptography, Maps and Surveys, and Documents and Forgeries. They are part of the larger Village Intel group, but specially cleared for ANBU-level work. They don't get out a whole ton, but they're essential to running ANBU behind the scenes. They tend to be analytical types, who are very bright but rather boring people: nerds who play shogi in their heads on their tea-breaks.
Data Analysts take a wide body of confusing and conflicting information from different sources--agents in the field, paid informers, etc.--and distill it down to what the Hunters and Field Intel agents need to know to stay alive and complete their missions.
Mission Managers plan mission assignments, and handle briefings and debriefings. They are also the people who keep an eye on the mental and physical health of the field agents, both Hunters and Intel.
ANBU Data Analysis and Mission Management are strictly internal to ANBU, and those agents work on-site in ANBU HQ, but the other groups work with their counterparts in the regular service.
Cryptographers work on codes and ciphers.
Surveyors and Map Makers are responsible not just for geographical maps, but also things like floor plans for buildings to be infiltrated, etc.
Document Forgers create all the documents and related items that agents need in the field.
There are also forensic analysts, jutsu and weapons researchers, and other specialized groups, some of whom are tied to Intel.
From the griping our Hunters have done about lousy Intel, you can tell there's a general sense that the analysts get the cushy jobs and send everybody else out to do the hard work, without doing their own work in advance. Although this is undoubtedly false, there is something of a social gap between Internal Ops and field agents, while Hunters and Field Ops agents tend to see each others as peers. The analysts' work is under-appreciated, but Konoha wouldn't run without them.