Cryptologic Technician

Gathering top secret intelligence starts with those who know how to find it – using their intellectual abilities and the latest technology to collect, decipher and translate enemy communications.

About This Job

Analyzing encrypted electronic communications. Jamming enemy radar signals. Deciphering information in foreign languages. Maintaining the state-of-the-art equipment and networks used to generate top secret intel. This is the highly specialized work of the Enlisted Sailors in the Navy Cryptology community.

Some 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.

Cryptologic Technician Technical (CTT) – CTTs serve as experts in airborne, shipborne and land-based radar signals.

Cryptologic Technician Networks (CTN) – CTNs serve as experts in communication network defense and forensics.

Cryptologic Technician Maintenance (CTM) – CTMs serve as experts in the preventive and corrective maintenance of sophisticated cryptologic equipment, networks and systems.

Cryptologic Technician Collection (CTR) – CTRs serve as experts in intercepting signals.