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35P -- Cryptologic Linguist


Basic Job Description

The Cryptologic Linguist is primarily responsible for performing and supervising the detection, acquisition, geolocation, identification and exploitation of foreign communications using signals equipment.

Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:

Identify foreign communications from an assigned geographic area and categorizing signals by activity type, Analyze foreign communication for information to support mission reporting requirements, Recognize changes in transmission modes and tipping the appropriate analytical or intercept authority. Provide translation expertise to analysts. Operate systems as needed to support Signals Intelligence tasking, reporting and coordination. Provide gists, transcriptions, or translations of foreign communications.

Training Information

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.

Defense Language Institute for six to 18 months, depending on language selected for. (Note: Recruits who already speak a needed foreign language fluently may be allowed to skip this course).

Cryptologic Linguist Training Course at Goodfellow Air Force Base, TX, 10 - 16 weeks, depending on language

ASVAB Score Required: 91 in aptitude area ST

Security Clearance: Top Secret

Strength Requirement: Heavy

Physical Profile Requirement: 222221

Other Requirements

  • Normal color vision required
  • Must be US Citizen
  • A qualifying score on the Defense Language Aptitude Battery, (DLAB), of 100 or above
  • A qualifying score on the English Comprehension Level Test
  • Never been a member of the U.S. Peace Corps
  • Good voice quality and be able to speak English and foreign language idiomatically and without objectionable accent or impediment
  • No record of conviction by court-martial
  • No record of conviction by a civil court for any offense other than minor traffic violation

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