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Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst

Overview: As language translators in the sky, Airborne Cryptologic Linguist personnel constantly monitor the radio frequency spectrum and translate, evaluate, and report on messages and other in-flight intelligence received in foreign languages.

Position:  Enlisted


Specific Tasks:

  • Process, exploit, analyze, and disseminate signal intelligence information 
  • Operate airborne signals intelligence systems and mission equipment 
  • Translate, evaluate, and report on assigned communications  
  • Analyze traffic for reportable significance 
  • Receive, transmit, and relay encoded and decoded messages


  • Physical qualification for aircrew duty
  • Qualification for aviation service
  • Eligiblity to deploy or mobilize worldwide
  • Height not less than 64 inches or more than 77 inches
  • No record or history of temporomandibular joint disorder or pain
  • Type at rate of 25 words per minute 
  • ASVAB score of 72 on General 
  • Minimum score of 110 on Defense Language Aptitude Battery or demonstrated proficiency in a designated language
  • Demonstrated weight lift of 40 pounds
  • Top Secret security clearance


  • Candidates without prior military experience are required to attend 8.5 weeks of Basic Military Training (BMT) at JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX; followed by Technical Training 
  • Technical Training - JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX, Goodfellow AFB, TX and Monterey, CA   
  • College credit earned: Communications Applications Technology - credits depend on languages and courses

Related Civilian Careers:

  • Interpreters and Translators