Posted on: November 16, 2021
Enlisted Sailors in the Navy Cryptology community analyze encrypted
electronic communications, jam enemy radar signals, decipher
information in foreign languages and maintain state-of-the-art
equipment and networks used to generate top secret intel.
Their other responsibilities include:
* Collecting, analyzing and reporting on communication signals
* Utilizing computers, specialized computer-assisted communications
equipment and video display terminals
* Serving as an important part of the Information Dominance Corps
in its mission to gain a deep understanding of the inner workings
of adversaries and develop unmatched knowledge of the battlespace
Within Navy Cryptology, there are distinct focus areas that have
their own training paths and job descriptions. Each CT role works
under the oversight of Cryptologic Warfare Officers (four-year
degree required) or Cyber Warfare Engineers (four-year degree
required) - and potentially both.
Cryptologic Technician Interpretive (CTI) - CTIs serve as experts
in linguistics (including Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Persian-Farsi,
Russian and Spanish) and deciphering information in other
languages. Their responsibilities include:
* Collecting, analyzing and exploiting foreign language
communications of interest
* Transcribing, translating and interpreting foreign language
* Providing cultural and regional guidance in support of Navy,
Joint Force, national and multinational needs
Cryptologic Technician Technical (CTT) - CTTs serve as experts in
airborne, shipborne and land-based radar signals. Their
* Operating electronic intelligence-receiving and direction-finding
systems, digital recording devices, analysis terminals, and
associated computer equipment
* Operating systems that produce high-power jamming signals used to
deceive electronic sensors and defeat radar-guided weapons
* Providing technical and tactical guidance in support of surface,
subsurface, air and special warfare operations
Cryptologic Technician Networks (CTN) - CTNs serve as experts in
communication network defense and forensics. Their responsibilities
* Monitoring, identifying, collecting and analyzing information
* Providing computer network risk mitigation and network
vulnerability assessments and incident response/reconstruction
* Providing network target access tool development
* Conducting computer network operations worldwide in support of
Navy and Department of Defense missions
Cryptologic Technician Maintenance (CTM) - CTMs serve as experts in
the preventive and corrective maintenance of sophisticated
cryptologic equipment, networks and systems. Their responsibilities
* Installing, testing, troubleshooting, repairing or replacing
cryptologic networks, physical security systems, electronic
equipment, antennas, personal computers, auxiliary equipment,
digital and optical interfaces, and data systems
* Configuring, monitoring and evaluating Information Operations
(IO), Information Warfare (IW) systems and Information Assurance
Cryptologic Technician Collection (CTR) - CTRs serve as experts in
intercepting signals. Their responsibilities include:
* Analyzing and reporting on communication signals using computers,
specialized computer-assisted communications equipment, video
display terminals and electronic/magnetic tape recorders
* Exploiting signals of interest to identify, locate and report
* Providing tactical and strategic signals intelligence, technical
guidance, and information warfare support to surface, subsurface,
air and special warfare units.
Cryptologic Technicians perform a variety of duties worldwide, at
numerous overseas and stateside shore commands; aboard surface
ships, aircraft and submarines; and with Naval Special Warfare -
generally dividing time between assignments ashore and afloat.
Duties could be performed in an office setting, lab-type setting,
specialized maintenance shop, secure space or watch
As a CT, you may work independently or as part of small,
coordinated teams - ultimately under the supervision of Information
Warfare Officers (four-year degree required) or Cyber Warfare
Engineers (four-year degree required).
TRAINING & ADVANCEMENT
Upon completion of initial 7-9 week Recruit Training (known as Boot
Camp), those pursuing a Cryptologic Technician role report to
either Pensacola, Fla., or Monterey, Calif., to receive formal Navy
schooling in their specialty area within the field of cryptology.
This consists of technical "A" School and possibly advanced "C"
School or "F" School.
CTI training - Class "A" School is broken into two phases. Phase
One takes place at the Defense Language Institute, Monterey,
Calif., and is anywhere from 27 to 64 weeks long. Phase Two is 12
weeks long. Class "F" School is conducted at the Regional Center
for Excellence in Monterey, Calif.
CTT training - Class "A" School is approximately 17 weeks long.
After "A" school, some CTTs will attend a Class "C" School that is
approximately 26 weeks in duration. The schools are located in
CTN training - Class "A" School is 26 weeks long and located in
CTM training - Class "A" School is approximately 10 weeks in
duration and located in Pensacola, Fla.
CTR training - Class "A" School is approximately 22 weeks long. The
school is located in Pensacola, Fla.
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and
based on performance. It's also important to note that specialized
training received and work experience gained in the course of
service can lead to valuable credentialing and occupational
opportunities in related fields.
To learn more about the specific training path for any of the focus
areas within the field of cryptology, locate a recruiter.
Beyond offering access to professional credentials and
certifications, Navy technical and operational training in the
field of intelligence can translate to credit hours toward a
bachelor's or associate degree through the American Council on
Education. You may also continue your education through
opportunities like the following:
* Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance
* Post-9/11 GI Bill
QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS
A four-year degree is not required to become a member of the Navy
electronics community. There are some specific requirements that
apply to electronics jobs in advanced programs such as SECF and NF.
Contact a recruiter for details.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required to become an
Enlisted Sailor in the cryptology field in the Navy. Those seeking
a Cryptologic Technician position must be U.S. citizens who can
meet eligibility requirements for a Top Secret/Sensitive
Compartmented Information security clearance. They should have an
interest in advanced electronics and technology; exceptionally good
character; good speaking, writing and record-keeping skills; a good
working aptitude of math; and the capability to do highly
detail-oriented, highly classified work.
Specific qualifications vary depending upon specialization area
within the field of cryptology. Contact a recruiter for
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you're
currently serving, whether you've served before or whether you've
never served before.
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