Army Reserve
35P Cryptologic Linguist

Cryptologic Linguist (35P)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Open to Women
  • Entry Level

Overview

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.

Job Duties

  • 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

Requirements

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.

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

Helpful Skills

  • 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

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.

Compensation

Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career as a translator for government agencies, embassies, universities and companies that conduct business overseas.

PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program

Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experience and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.

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35P CRYPTOLOGIC LINGUIST

35P Cryptologic Linguist MOS summary