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U.S. Air Force Cryptologic Language Analyst

July 23, 2019



Linguists are an essential part of our
National defense. Without the information that our linguists provide to our
decision-makers, we really don't always have the full context and full
understanding of what's happening. As a Cryptologic Language Analyst, our job
entails working with language in a variety of different ways. Being a
linguist is more than just being a translator. You're really a cultural
interpreter and the culture enables you to not just hear what somebody is saying
but you understand why they're saying it, because you understand their background
and that's key when it comes to informing our leaders on what's going on
around the world. There's a lot of differences between an Airborne Linguist
and a Ground Linguist. As an Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst, you never
know what to expect. You could be thrown on any aircraft from an RC-135 to an
AC-130. You might be at your base flying a regular training mission and then
three hours later you're on a plane to whatever hotspot has popped up around
the world. Even though our Ground Linguists aren't up in the air what they do
is extremely valuable and extremely interesting because of the people that
they end up working with. Airborne Linguists will work only for the Air
Force. The Ground Linguists will work with all the sister services and they get
exposure to a deeper level of how our government runs intelligence operations.
A lot of what a Linguist does generally goes unnoticed by most of the public and
that's somewhat by design when it comes to just the nature of the sensitivity of
the information that we're working with. Most of the work that we do is strategic
in nature so you might not even know further down the road how it's gonna
impact relations between our country and another, but a lot of times the things
that we do end up on the desk of the President. And then the other thing is
the tactical nature, where we're actually helping out troops that are in the
middle of a fight, helping them come home safely as well. Being a Linguist has opened the
world to me. Language is a tool that gave me access
to all these different cultures and now I've traveled the world, I've been to
China and Taiwan and I've got to experience so much deep culture and it's
just an intimate part of my life now.

4 Comments

  • Reply Alina K July 23, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Can’t wait!!

  • Reply Joshua Warren July 23, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    I’ve been preparing to enlist for a few months now. I’ve talked to a lot of people including recruiters but even they don’t have all the answers, I want to retire though the military so a long career with the military (Air Force preference) but I’m stuck between linguist, cyber field (building computer technology and systems and coding etc) and intelligence. I’m sure there’s a high up position that entails all 3, is there any advice or anything at all you can tell me about these? Or the contact information of someone whom knows all about these fields?
    Thank you 🙏 😁☺️

  • Reply Juan Orozco July 23, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    I've always wanted to
    learn to become a
    USAF cryptolinguist
    since I was 17 years old…

    I used to envision myself learning many languages such as mandarin, arabic, etc.
    as an airborne or
    ground cryptolinguist
    for the USAF or USNAVY
    since I was 17… :/

  • Reply Rusty Shackleford July 23, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    SHOW US THE DAMNED TR3B ALREADY WE ALREADY KNOW IT EXISTS…. THAT WILL BRING RECRUITS…. JUST SHOW IS A TASTE OF IT…. YOU HAVE PLENTY MORE TO HIDE FOR 50 MORE YEARS TO COME AND SOME

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