A cryptologic linguist is primarily responsible for identifying foreign communications using signals equipment. Their role is crucial as the nation's defense depends largely on information that comes from foreign languages.
- Identifying and analyzing foreign communications
- Recognize changes in transmission modes and tip the appropriate authority
- Provide translation expertise to analysts
- Provide transcriptions and translations from foreign communications
Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps the Army better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you. In addition to the ASVAB, the Army uses the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) to evaluate how well a native English speaker can learn a new language. Your score on the DLAB determines the level of difficulty for language training.
Job training for a cryptologic analyst requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and three to 52 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and in the field.
Soldiers who aren't fluent in a foreign language will attend training at the Defense Language Institute for six to 18 months prior to attending Advanced Individual Training.
Some of the skills you'll learn are:
- Identifying foreign communications from an assigned geographic area
- Analyzing foreign communications to support missions
- Procedures for handling classified information and preparing reports
- Talent for foreign languages
- Interest in speech, communications and foreign languages
- Good at working with people as a member of a team
- Enjoy reading and writing
Required ASVAB Score(s)
Skilled Technical (ST): 91
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