A cryptologic linguist is primarily responsible for identifying foreign communications using signals equipment. Their role is crucial as the nation’s defense depends largely on information that comes from foreign languages.

  • Identifying and analyzing foreign communications
  • Recognize changes in transmission modes and tip the appropriate authority
  • Provide translation expertise to analysts
  • Provide transcriptions and translations from foreign communications

Travel, Dangers, and Advantages

You can travel free around the world serving the army with your language skills. Learn a language without paying for school. Use your language in a civilan job after your tour of duty is done. Disadvantages include being in frontline situations in dangerous areas around the world.

Base Salary

1,516.20 monthly 18,194.4 year

Pays up to 1,000 monthly for being proficient in a foreign language. Plus a 6,000 yearly bonus,


Any member of the U.S. Military needs a High School Diploma or GED.

Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training.

Possibly six to eighteen months at the Defense Language Institute if not already fluent in a language.

Three to fifty-two weeks of Advanced Individual Training to learn the exact skills of your MOS