The Navy has at its command quite a variety of cruisers, destroyers, aircraft, submarines, and aircraft carriers. But it still values the sailors and their ability to think and react as its most valuable asset. Military personnel and Sailors with world Language experience are in a group of elite workers that are valued for their skills, intelligence, adaptability, and their strong character.
Most of the work of a Cryptologic Language Technician is highly classified. You could be called upon to interpret and translate different foreign language information and data, and other classified communications type data. If you already know any Russian, Arabic, French, Korean, Hebrew, Chinese, Spanish or other languages fluently, then you may be well suited to work in this field. The workers in this specialty also are experts in the analysis of communications of a foreign nature. If you are working in this skill field, you could be called upon to act as a physical interpreter for a U.S. Dignitary, or for Navy Officials needing a skilled translator. You could be the key to assist critical negotiations with foreign powers.
Or you may have a duty station aboard ship, examining the radio and communications traffic to or from a foreign power. You may serve as a person responsible for deciding the intentions of an enemy or terrorist organization. If you work in this field you will have the opportunity to volunteer and receive cross training as members of both aircrews, and submarine crews because people in your specialty serve in both environments. Your type of skills is required in both the air, surface and sub surface mission platforms. You must have a clean record, and never have been convicted of a felony. You should be able to stand up to an intensive background check in order to qualify for a top-secret clearance.
Some of the duties that you may be asked to perform include:
-Analyzing and reporting about issues of tactical and strategic importance to both fleet commanders and Intelligence agencies with the U.S. Government.
-Using state of the art magnetic and digital recording devices, radios, computers and signal equipment.
-Dealing with and working with classified materials.
-Working on temporary assignment or duty as a variety of Naval stations and vessels, aircraft and ships.
Training for this field after boot camp is quite long, more than a year in some cases. You will often attend foreign language school, and become proficient in a language other than English. You will continue to receive training both in formal settings and in the field throughout your career.