Cryptologic Linguist (35P)

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.

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Our nation's defense relies primarily on information gathered from foreign language sources by Soldiers trained to understand our adversaries' languages, customs and cultures and know how to evaluate their intentions and predict their actions.

Cryptologic Linguists are part of the team that provide that crucial service to our nation's security.

This career field requires individuals who are interested in foreign cultures, languages, communication, and enjoy reading and writing.

Because of the Top Secret classification of this work and the intensity of training..,

applicants are thoroughly screened using a testing process designed to ensure that only the most qualified and those with an aptitude for learning a foreign language are selected.

If you qualify as already fluent in a foreign language, after completing Basic Combat Training..,

you will attend Advanced Individual Training at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas. The length of your training will vary, based on your assigned foreign language.

Along with reading, writing, translating and transcribing skills training, you will learn how to detect, acquire, locate, identify and exploit an adversary’s foreign communications.

In addition, you will learn intelligence collection, management and reporting techniques..,

and signals intelligence gathering systems.

If you need to learn a foreign language, after completing Basic Combat Training and prior to attending Advanced Individual Training..,

you will attend language training at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center at the Presidio of Monterey, California.

The length of your training will depend on the foreign language you are assigned to learn.

Along with learning to understand and speak a foreign language from Native Speakers, you will learn your languages customs and culture.

The language training you receive may qualify for college credit, you may also qualify for monthly Language Proficiency Pay.

In this career, you will support mission requirements for tactical, operational and strategic level objectives.

You may work with Special Operations or with other government agencies..,

performing duties such as translating and transcribing intercepted foreign communications..,

and providing your translation services to analysts in support of a variety of missions.

As an Army Cryptologic Linguist you will have the opportunity to advance your career through additional skills training and unique assignments located around the world.

The language skills, knowledge and leadership experience you gain in this MOS can help you in your transition from the military to the civilian work force..,

where you may find employment as an interpreter or linguist with government agencies, universities or with companies who conduct business overseas.

Providing critical information in the defense of our nation..,

Cryptologic Linguists, Always Out Front!