CRYPTOLOGIC TECHNICIAN INTERPRETIVE
CTI's are the navy's linguists. They specialize in analysis of foreign naval developments, radio-telephone communications and preparation of statistical studies and technical reports requiring the knowledge of a foreign language. Duties include, but are not limited to:
Operating sophisticated state-of-the-art electronic radio receivers, magnetic recording devices, computer terminals and associated peripherals in the communications signals environment Operating sophisticated, computer-assisted information systems, working with classified material translating, interpreting, and transcribing foreign language communications data, conducting consecutive translations, analyzing and reporting highly technical information of strategic and tactical importance to fleet Commanders and national intelligence agencies.
Performing temporary duty aboard a variety of naval surface and subsurface platforms and aircraft, providing tactical cryptologic support to naval special warfare
CTI Personnel are stationed at numerous locations around the globe. All candidates for conversion should be world-wide assignable. Normal hearing is required. Normal color perception is required for aircrew duty.
Language training is currently open to men and women in Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Chinese-Mandarin, Hebrew, Persian-Farsi and Serbian-Croatian. Sailors desiring to convert to CTI must meet the conversion requirements. Among the most important qualifications are exceptionally good character, ability to learn foreign languages, above-average writing and speaking skills, a good memory, curiosity, resourcefulness, an ability to keep accurate records and work with details. All applicants for the CTI rating must volunteer for aircrew, and male applicants must also volunteer for submarine duty.
While on shore duty, sailors in the CTI rating normally work in clean, comfortable office-type or small technical laboratory-type environments. Sea duty is performed on a variety of air, surface, subsurface and special warfare platforms. At times, they are closely supervised, but they often work independently or in small, coordinated teams. Their work is of high interest to command and decision-making levels. The work is mostly technical, involving foreign language skills, various analytical techniques and a variety of computer applications.
CURRENT CONUS/OUTUS ROTATION IS AS FOLLOWS:
Tour Sea Shore
ASVAB Scores Requirements:
VE+MK+GS = 165
Defense Language Aptitude Battery Requirements:
- Mandatory aircrew (male and female) and subsurface (currently male only) volunteer
- Mandatory acquisition and maintenance of TS/SCI eligibility
- Mandatory assignment to appropriate Center of Excellence for first-term linguists (Georgia, Maryland, Texas or Hawaii - based on assigned language)
Location: Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA
Length: 26 weeks - 63 weeks