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Air Force Enlisted Job Descriptions

1A8X1 - AIRBORNE CRYPTOLOGIC LINGUIST

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Airborne Cryptologic Language Analysts are responsible for the following: Operates, evaluates, and manages airborne signals intelligence information systems and operations activities. Performs and supervises identification, acquisition, recording, translating, analyzing, and reporting of assigned voice communications. Provides signals intelligence threat warning support and interfaces with other units. Performs and assists in mission planning. Maintains publications and currency items. Maintains and supervises communication nets. Transcribes, processes, and conducts follow-up analysis of assigned communications.

Duties performed by these specialists include:

Processes, exploits, analyzes and disseminates signal intelligence information. Operates airborne signals intelligence systems and mission equipment. Uses radio receivers, recording equipment, operator workstations and related equipment. Tunes receivers to prescribed frequencies. Performs frequency search missions over specified portions of radio spectrums. Monitors, records, compiles, and examines signals intelligence information. Translates, evaluates, and reports on assigned communications. Records and correlates data and performs preliminary analysis. Identifies and analyzes traffic for reportable significance.

Provides signal intelligence information. Compares displays and data with in-flight signal intelligence data and database files. Performs and assists in mission planning and developing air tasking orders. Displays, records, and distributes operational information. Receives, transmits, and relays encoded and decoded messages. Uses coordinate reference systems. Coordinates mission profile requirements. Records special interest mission information. Maintains status of mission aircraft, targets, and air tasking order information. Monitors employment of assigned air assets and operations.

Job Training

Initial Skills Training (Tech School): AF Technical School graduation results in the award of a 3-skill level (apprentice). Following Air Force Basic Training, airmen in this AFSC attend the following course(s):

  • Aircrew Fundamentals Course, Lackland AFB, TX, 4 weeks
  • Foreign Language Course, Monterey, CA (24 to 68 weeks, depending on the language)
  • Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Course, GoodfellowAFB, TX (4 to 19 weeks, depending on the language)
  • Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) Training, Fairchild AFB, WA, 4 weeks
  • Weapon System Formal Training Unit (FTU), Various Locations, Depending on type of aircraft assigned to fly on

Subjects Taught in Technical School: designated language; role and purpose of cryptologic support operations; joint service relationships and operational concepts; organization of national intelligence structure; tasking strategies; radio communications operations theory; communications techniques; operation of acquisition, recording, and processing equipment; communications networks; formats, terminology, and theory of traffic analysis; organization of designated military forces; geography, reporting principles, procedures, and format; procedures for processing and distributing intelligence data; functions and operations of electronic equipment; basic computer operations, and methods for handling, distributing, and safeguarding information.

Certification Training: Upon arrival at the first duty station, airmen are enrolled in upgrade training to the 5-skill level (journeyman). This training is a combination of on-the-job task certification, and enrollment in a correspondance course called a Career Development Course (CDC). Once the airman's trainer(s) have certified that they are qualified to perform all tasks related to that assignment, and once they complete the CDC, including the final closed-book written test, they are upgraded to the 5-skill level, and are considered to be "certified" to perform their job with minimal supervision. For this AFSC, 5-level training averages 12 months.

Advanced Training: Upon achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant, airmen are entered into 7-level (craftsman) training. A craftsman can expect to fill various supervisory and management positions such as shift leader, element NCOIC (Noncommissioned Officer in Charge), flight superintendent, and various staff positions. For award of the 9-skill level, individuals must hold the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. A 9-level can expect to fill positions such as flight chief, superintendent, and various staff NCOIC jobs.

Assignment Locations: Pentagon, DC; Barksdale AFB, LA; Bolling AFB, DC; Cannon AFB, NM; Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ; DLI Monterey, CA; Eglin AFB, FL; Elmendorf, AK; Fort Belvoir, VA; Fort Gordon, GA; Fairchild AFB, WA; Fort Meade, MD; Goodfellow AFB, TX; Greenville, TX; Hickam AB, Hawaii; Hurlburt Field, FL; Kadena AB, Japan; Lackland AFB, TX; Langley AFB, VA; Meridian, MS; Nellis AFB, NV; Offutt AFB, NE; Osan AB, Korea; RAF Mildenhall, UK; Ramstein AB, Germany; Randolph AFB, TX; Rome, NY; Salt Lake City, UT; Souda Bay, Greece; Wheeler AFB, HI

Average Promotion Times (Time in Service)

Airman First Class (E-2): 6 months
Senior Airman (E-4): 16 months
Staff Sergeant (E-5): 4 years
Technical Sergeant (E-6): 10.1 years
Master Sergeant (E-7): 15 years
Senior Master Sergeant (E-8): 18.5 years
Chief Master Sergeant (E-9): 22.8 years

Required ASVAB Composite Score: G-72

Security Clearance Requirement: Top Secret

Strength Requirement: G

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