Posted on: May 5, 2022
ABOUT 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
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 during wartime
RESPONSIBILITIES 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 materials 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 responsibilities include:
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 systems 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 include:
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 include:
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 (IA) operations
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 worldwide
threats Providing tactical and strategic signals intelligence,
technical guidance, and information warfare support to surface,
subsurface, air and special warfare units. WORK 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 -
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.
EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES 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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