\"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 intel. #GDJULY
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
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.
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 details.
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether youre currently serving, whether youve served before or whether youve never served before\"