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Cryptologic Language Analyst


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


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Career Description

Intelligence comes in many forms from around the world, and often it’s in a foreign language. As a Cryptologic Language Analyst (CLA), you will be responsible for decoding and analyzing messages in a foreign language and providing the intelligence to warfighters and decision-makers. You will become proficient in a language like Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Persian Farsi, Hebrew, Pashto or Urdu and will become part of an elite, highly trained group of Air Force professionals.

Working in this field requires a security clearance, so you won’t be able to talk about what you do every day, but know that your efforts go a long way in helping the Air Force fulfill its mission.

Career Tasks

  • Operate voice and graphic communications equipment
  • Conduct frequency search missions and operate direction-finding equipment
  • Transcribe/translate/summarize intercepted voice and graphic communications
  • Analyze and report collected intelligence to locate and develop foreign intelligence targets

Relevant Interests & Skills

  • Intelligence
  • Foreign Language
  • International Affairs


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 Cryptologic Language Analyst technical training:

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

Length of course: varies

College degree earned: Intelligence Studies and Technology

College credits earned: varies