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Navy Commissioned Officer Job Designators Description & Qualifcation Factors




Age: At least 19 and less than 35 at time of commission. No waivers.

Education: BA/BS in Computer Science, Info. Systems, Mathematics, Physics, Electrical Engineering preferred.


- OCS (12 wks)
- Crypto Officer Basic Course (13 wks)


- Correctable to 20/20 (waivers considered).
- Color vision not required.
- PRK and LASIK only eye surgeries waiverable.

Professional: Prior experience in a technical rating such as ET, IT, or CT may be substituted for a technical degree.

Service Obligation:

- 4 yrs Active from date of commission.
- Total of 8 yrs Active & Inactive.

Special Info:

Competitive Profile:
-"whole person"
- consistent superior performance
- significant extracurricular involvement
- strong recommendation letters
- good character; no financial/legal/drug issues
- amenable to sea duty
- interview with Crypto Officer enhances pkg.
- foreign language skills are not required.May delay entry up to 12 months.
- Applications will only be considered if available for OCS within 12 months unless applying for BDCP.


Community Overview. The Cryptologic Officer must be a professional who cannot only lead and potentially command, but one that is technically prepared to meet the challenges of the worldwide explosion in technology. Modern technology has created a different type of war often referred to as information warfare. Sea duty opportunities in the cryptologic community takes many forms from TAD deployments onboard ships and submarines, to PCS assignments aboard aircraft carriers, amphibious units, cruisers and destroyers, to staff assignments with the numbered fleet commanders. Cryptologic officers may be assigned to flight duty at commands which conduct fleet airborne reconnaissance operations. A rigorous training pipeline precedes assignment to Rota, Spain or Misawa, Japan for duty in support of VQ's 1 and 2. This training includes water survival, Flight Physiology, SERE, and airframe familiarization training. Additionally, officers may be assigned, following the same training pipeline, as OIC of NSG Detachment at Barbers Point, HI or Brunswick, ME. Education and training play a significant role in cryptologic officers' professional development and provide the tools required for performance in subsequent tours of duty. The cryptologic community provides an exciting and challenging career. Duty afloat and ashore in foreign countries, educational opportunities within the community and through NPS and Service Colleges lead to assignments from the Joint Duty Assignment List and possible joint designation. Command and Staff assignments in research and development and systems acquisition provide the rounding cryptologic officers should have at the most senior levels. The Navy's Cryptologic officers perform:

- Naval cryptologic and related functions as directed by the Chief of Naval Operations.
- National Signals Intelligence tasks assigned by the Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service (DIRNSA/CHCSS). These functions include:

    - Cryptologic and Information Warfare (IW) support to deployed ships, submarines, and aircraft.
    - Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) tasks assigned by both CNO and DIRNSA where appropriate.
    - Information Warfare (Protect) to minimize foreign exploitation of the Navy's electromagnetic system.

Cryptologic Officers are designated Special Duty (Cryptology) with the designator 161X. Presently, there are over 700 161X officers. Together with the Cryptologic Limited Duty Officers (644X) and Cryptologic Chief Warrant Officers (744X), the Cryptologic officer community numbers just under 1,000.

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