Company: US Navy
Posted on: June 22, 2022
Languages are more than just communication-they're cultural codes
that need to be analyzed and in some cases, broken. As a
Cryptologic Technician Interpretive (CTI) you're more than a
linguist-you're a cultural expert, able to translate and interpret
foreign communications. The Defense Language School in Monterey,
California will fully immerse you in the language for your
choice-from Mandarin, to Spanish, to Arabic to Russian. After,
you'll travel the world collecting intelligence in support of the
Navy. Ignorance can be a threat, but our CTIs defend by making sure
we're always in the know.
What to Expect
Cryptologic Technician Interpretive
Cryptologic Technicians Interpretive (CTIs), serve as the Navy's
experts in linguistics (including Arabic, Chinese, Korean,
Persian-Farsi, Russian and Spanish) and deciphering information in
other languages. Their responsibilities include:
- Collecting and analyzing foreign language communications of
- Transcribing, translating and interpreting foreign language
- Reporting highly technical information of strategic and
tactical importance to fleet commanders and national intelligence
- Providing cultural and regional guidance in support of Navy,
Joint Force, national and multinational needs
- Operating sophisticated state-of-the-art electronic radio
receivers, recording devices, computer terminals and associated
peripherals in the communications signals environment
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. They
generally divide time between assignments ashore and afloat.
Cryptologic Technicians Interpretive can expect a clean,
comfortable office-type or small technical laboratory-type
environment while on shore duty and a variety of air, surface and
subsurface platforms while on sea duty. Their work is of high
interest to command and decision-making levels. It is mostly
mental, involving foreign language materials.
As a CTI, you may work independently or as part of small,
coordinated teams - ultimately under the supervision of Cryptologic
Warfare Officers (four-year degree required) or Cyber Warfare
Engineers (four-year degree required).
Training & Advancement
Upon completion of initial training at Recruit Training Command
Great Lakes (known as Boot Camp), you'll report for specialized
Class "A" School Phase I Defense Language Institute (27-64 weeks)
in Monterey, CA, for comprehensive foreign language
After "A" school, CTIs are usually assigned to their respective
Center of Excellence shore station. While assigned to these shore
stations, CTIs are often required to perform temporary assignments
aboard aircraft, surface ships and craft and submarines in support
of unit commanders.
To learn more about the specific training path for Cryptologic
Technicians Interpretive, connect with a recruiter .
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and
based on performance.
Advanced training as a Cryptologic Technician Interpretive may also
be available during later stages of your career. CTIs will have the
opportunity to attend annual training for language maintenance and
to take intermediate and advanced foreign language training. For
those with further leadership aspirations and a college degree,
Officer roles may be available, providing opportunities to lead and
Specialized training received and work experience gained in the
course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and
occupational opportunities in related fields in the civilian
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
You may also continue your education through undergraduate degree
opportunities like the Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance
and the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Qualifications & Requirements
A high school diploma or equivalent is required to become an
Enlisted Sailor in the Navy. Those seeking a Cryptologic Technician
Interpretive position, including all family members, must be U.S.
citizens. Applicants must also meet eligibility requirements for a
Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance.
Normal hearing is also required.
They should have exceptionally good character, the ability to learn
foreign languages, above average writing and speaking skills, a
good memory, curiosity, resourcefulness, an orientation toward
ideas and information and the ability to keep accurate records and
work with details. Adaptability to a wide range of work activities
and environments and an interest in technology and willingness to
acquire computerized skills are also important.
Applicants for this rating should be aware that the duties of a
Cryptologic Technician Interpretive sometimes require assignment
aboard surface vessels, submarines and aircraft. If otherwise
physically qualified for submarine or aerial flight duty,
applicants must affirm their willingness to serve aboard any such
unit if assigned upon completion of language training.
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you're
currently serving , whether you've served before or whether you've
never served before .
There are part-time opportunities available as a Cryptologic
Serving part-time as a Navy Reserve Sailor, your duties will be
carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods.
During monthly drilling, Cryptologic Technicians Interpretive in
the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their
For annual training, Cryptologic Technicians Interpretive may serve
anywhere in the world, whether on a ship at sea or at bases and
installations on shore.
Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and
responsibilities of Navy Reserve Sailors
Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The
basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one
weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year
(referred to as Annual Training) - or the equivalent of that.
Cryptologic Technicians Interpretive in the Navy Reserve serve in
an Enlisted role. Before receiving the ongoing professional
training that comes with the job, initial training requirements
must be met.
For current or former military Enlisted service members, prior
experience satisfies the initial Recruit Training requirement, so
you will not need to go through Boot Camp again.
For those without prior military experience, you will need to meet
the initial Recruit Training requirement by attending Boot Camp in
Great Lakes, IL. This training course will prepare you for service
in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.
Have a question or just want to learn more? We're here to help.
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