Army MOS 35P Cryptologic Linguist
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  • Identify foreign communications from an assigned geographic area and categorizing signals by activity type
  • Analyze foreign communication for information to support mission reporting requirements
  • Recognize changes in transmission modes and tipping the appropriate analytical or intercept authority
  • Provide translation expertise to analysts
  • Operate systems as needed to support Signals Intelligence tasking, reporting and coordination
  • Provide gists, transcriptions, or translations of foreign communications

Job training for a Cryptologic Linguist requires nine weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills,
and three to 80 weeks of Initial Entry. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.

Soldiers who don't possess foreign language fluency will attend foreign language training at the Defense Language
Institute for six to 18 months prior to attending Advanced Individual Training. While at AIT some of the skills you'll learn

  • Gisting/transcription
  • Identification of foreign communications from an assigned geographic area
  • Categorizing signals by activity type
  • Analysis of foreign communications for information to support mission reporting requirements
  • Procedures for preparing reports
  • Procedures for handling classified information
  • Use and care of communications equipment

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The skills you learn as a Cryptologic Linguist will help prepare you for a future with government agencies, embassies,
universities and companies that conduct business overseas as a civilian translator or interpreter.

There's also potential for you to pursue a career as a government service executive. You'd be involved in determining
and formulating policies, providing overall direction of federal, state, local or international government activities, as well
as planning, directing and coordinating operational activities at higher management levels.
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Army MOS 35P Cryptologic Linguist   

The nation's defense depends on information from foreign language newspapers, magazines, radio
broadcasts and other sources. Therefore, it's very important that some members of the Army be able to read
and understand the many languages of the world.

The Cryptologic Linguist is primarily responsible for performing and supervising the detection, acquisition,
geolocation, identification and exploitation of foreign communications using signals equipment.

Some of your duties as a Cryptologic Linguist may include: