There are a number of careers related to Airborne Cryptologic Language including a Language Analyst or Airborne Linguists. Few careers in this field require knowledge of different languages and the ability to learn how to use special equipment to translate secret communications or to decode intelligence material obtained. Such information is obtained through air signals and radio receivers.
High security clearance and significant training is necessary to obtain a career in this specialty field. The Air Force limits how much information about this field is released, such as training and how equipment, is used due to its significant level of classification and security. Jobs in this field may include traveling to different parts of the world recording, translating, receiving and evaluating foreign intelligence messages.
Tasks and Responsibilities
A number of duties are completed as part of the aircrew including systems and equipment operations. An Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst transcribes, translates and summarizes interrupted or intercepted graph and voice communications. Intelligence information is collected and analyzed to assist in locating foreign targets in other areas. Equipment such as recording systems and radio receivers assist during data collection and language translation. Frequent search missions are conducted with the use of special direction equipment.
There are technical responsibilities significant to the position of being an airborne linguist besides translating communications. Linguists are responsible for equipment maintenance, flight inspections, air safety implementation, and protocols for emergency and maintenance. They ensure systems are clean, safe and operational, while ensuring content gets where it should be when placed on and off aircraft during missions.
Knowledge and Training Needed
Knowledge in areas of aircraft, foreign languages and intelligence is useful. Special testing can be completed to evaluate ability to learn new skills. Basic training is required and lasts roughly 8 weeks. This includes technical training to further prepare for career option. Fundamentals of working along with the aircrew are learned after completion of basic training. Foreign language courses are available through the Air Force’s Defense Language Institute for those in need to complete extensive language courses.
This specialty allows trainees to learn a variety of languages up to ten including Spanish, Persian, Japanese and Russian. On average training to learn a new language can last between 24 and 64 weeks. During this time training is conducted on how to use related cryptologic systems equipment. A weapons system course is also required along with training in areas such as survival, escape, resistance and evasion. Throughout specified times during training recruits taking part in exercises stay in secured areas.
Requirements for Skills and Education
A high school diploma or GED along with 15 college credits is the minimum education required. Courses taken in subjects such as math, computing and languages is helpful. A minimum score is required when taking the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery testing upon enlistment. A college degree can be earned in Intelligence Studies and Technology. Clearance checks are required to be passed along with meeting physical requirements for aircrew operation.