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Airborne Cryptologic


Minimum Education Requirement:
high school diploma or GED with 15 college credits


high school graduategeneralenlistedaircraftelectronics & electricscomputers & computer science

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Airborne Cryptologic

Career Description

Persian Farsi, Chinese, Russian, Pashtu, Japanese and Korean are just some of the languages you can learn as an Airborne Cryptologic specialist. Why do you need to know a different language? Because your primary job will be to receive, record, translate, evaluate and report on foreign communications and intelligence. Many of the skills and equipment you'll use are classified, and since you'll be part of an aircrew, you could find yourself in any part of the world doing your job.

Career Tasks

  • Operate airborne signals intelligence systems and mission equipment
  • Use radio receivers, recording and related equipment to translate, evaluate and report on communications
  • Perform and assist in mission planning and developing air-tasking orders
  • Receive, transmit and relay encoded and decoded messages
  • Record special interest mission information and maintain the status of mission aircraft, targets and air-tasking order information
  • Perform aircrew duties, including emergency equipment usage and preflight/postflight inspections
  • Maintain technical aids, logs and records

Relevant Interests & Skills

  • Aircraft
  • Electronics
  • Computer Science
  • Foreign Languages


After eight and a half weeks of Basic Military Training, every Airman goes to technical training to learn their career. Here's the basic information about Airborne Cryptologic technical training:

School locations: Lackland AFB [TX], Goodfellow AFB [TX], Monterey [CA]

Length of course: varies

College degree earned: Communications Applications Technology

College credits earned: varies