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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


  • High school diploma or GED. Courses in foreign languages, mathematics, typing and computers are desirable.
  • Physical qualification for aircrew duty
  • Qualification for aviation service
  • Must maintain eligibility 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
  • ASVAB score of 72 on General 
  • Minimum score of 110 on Defense Language Aptitude Battery or demonstrated proficiency in a DoD-trained designated acquisition language with an L2/R2 or better on the Defense Language Proficiency Test or Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) equivalent for which accession was approved by AF Career Field Manager.
  • Eligibility for a Top Secret security clearance


  • Candidates without prior military experience are required to attend 7.5 weeks of Basic Military Training (BMT) at JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX; followed by Technical Training 

Related Civilian Careers:

  • Interpreters and Translators