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Cryptologic Linguist


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


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Cryptologic Linguist

Career Description

Intelligence comes in many forms from around the world, and often it's in a foreign language. As a Cryptologic Linguist, you become proficient in a language like Persian Farsi, Chinese, Russian, Pashtu, Japanese or Korean in order to receive, record, translate, evaluate and report your findings. 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 communications equipment
  • Conduct frequency search missions
  • Assist in operation of direction-finding equipment, transcribe recorded voice communications signals and analyze transcripts of voice communications signals
  • Most in this position will be assigned to overseas locations
  • You're not required to know direct oral interpretation of spoken foreign language, English to foreign or foreign to English

Relevant Interests & Skills

  • Intelligence
  • Foreign Language


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 Linguist technical training:

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

Length of course: varies

College degree earned: Communications Applications Technology

College credits earned: varies