Cryptologic Communications

Military Intelligence
MOS Details
Major Duties: 

The cryptologic linguist performs and supervises detection, acquisition, geolocation, identification, and exploitation and analysis of foreign communications at all echelons using signals intelligence/electronic warfare (SIGINT/EW) systems. The cryptologic linguist copies, translates, transcribes, gists and/or produces summaries of foreign communication transmissions; performs analysis and ISR synchronization to support mission requirements.

Skill Level 1 Identifies foreign communications from an assigned geographic area and categorizes signals by activity type. Analyzes foreign communication for information to support mission reporting requirements. Recognizes changes in transmission modes and tips the appropriate analytical or intercept authority. Provides translation expertise to analysts. Provides gists, transcriptions, or translations of foreign communications. Operates systems as needed to support SIGINT tasking, reporting and coordination.

Skill Level 2 Performs duties from previous skill level and provides guidance to subordinates. Leads independent team level foreign communications processing operations. Supervises the language training of subordinates.

Skill Level 3 Performs duties from previous skill levels and provides guidance to subordinates. Directs section communications signal collection and processing activities and determines priorities. Implement SIGINT emergency action plans in accordance with unit SOP. Provide quality control of SIGINT products. Serves as unit Command Language Program Manager.

Skill Level 4 Performs duties from previous skill levels and provides guidance to subordinates. Supervise multi mode foreign communications intercept and processing. Refine Essential Elements of Information requirements for identification and extraction. Determine EW (EA/EP/ES) requirements for supported units. Supervise collection management. Coordinate collection activities across multiple disciplines and platforms.

Physical Demands Rating: 
very heavy
Physical Profile Serial #: 
Qualifications and Prerequisites
ASVAB Minimum Score: 
91 total from GS+VE+MK+MC
Other Qualifications: 
  • Normal Color Vision
  • The Soldier must meet TOP SECRET (TS) Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access eligibility requirements to be awarded this MOS. For clearance requirements to attend training, refer to the Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS).
  • Soldier must be capable of passing a counterintelligence scope polygraph (CSP) to hold the MOS. Soldier who refuse to take or fail a CSP will be reclassified.
  • Meet hearing acuity test standards per AR 40-501 (table 7-1).
  • Demonstrate clear enunciation and comprehension of English and good Standard English grammar skills. Applicants who are not native-born citizens or who have not attended U.S. schools since the age of 6 must obtain a minimum score of 80 in reading and listening on the English Comprehension Level Test (ECLT) or American Course Language Placement Test (ACLPT). The Executive Agent for English is the Defense Language Institute English Language Center (DLIELC).
  • Soldiers accessing into this MOS must have a minimum qualifying score on the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) or a qualifying score of L2-R2 (listening-reading) on the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) in a required and documented foreign language.
    The current and approved minimum DLAB score for accessions into this MOS at any given time will be reflected in the REQUEST program in accordance with the category of languages required and being recruited. If initial DLPT score is below L2-R2, the DLAB must be administered.
  • Never been a member of the U.S. Peace Corps, except as specified in AR 614-200 (para 3-2).
  • No information in military personnel, Provost Marshal, intelligence, or medical records that would prevent the granting of a security eligibility under AR 380-67 (para 3.401.a).
  • No record of conviction by court martial.
  • No record of conviction by a civil court for any offense other than minor traffic violations.
  • Soldier and spouse must not have immediate family members who reside in a country within whose boundaries physical or mental coercion is known to be common practice, either against-
    • Persons accused of or acting in the interest of the U.S. or
    • The relatives of such persons to whom they may reasonably be considered to be bound by ties of affection, kinship, or obligation. Immediate family for both Soldier and spouse includes both blood and step-: parents, spouse, children, sisters, brothers, any sole living blood relative, or a person in loco parentis per AR 600-8-10.
  • Have neither commercial nor vested interest in a country within whose boundaries physical or mental coercion is known to be a common practice against persons acting in the interests of the U.S. This requirement applies to the Soldier's spouse as well.
  • Meet career management and development criteria contained in AR 614-200 and DA Pam 351-4.
  • MOS closed for reclassification to Soldiers who have been deemed permanently non-deployable in accordance with AR 614-30, AR 40-501, AR 220-1 and AR 600-8-101. Soldiers must meet the minimum criteria for retainability stated in AR 600-60, paragraph 4-2(b) and be fully deployable to all locations and echelons.
  • MOS closed for reclassification at SFC, MSG and SGM, except for those Soldiers within CMF 35.
  • Formal training (completion of MOS 35P course under the auspices of USAIC&FH, Ft Huachuca, AZ) mandatory. Must complete formal language training with required DLPT score in accordance with AR 11-6. For MOSC 35P1L must meet the ACASP criteria per paragraphs (a) thru (b) below.
    (a) Cryptologic Linguist (MOSC 35P1L): Be eligible for TOP SECRET security eligibility and SCI access under AR 380-67.
    1. Must meet all requirements of chapter 9.
    2. Have reading and listening comprehensive of at least “2” in needed foreign language under AR 11-6. Language proficiency testing will be accomplished at MEPS under AR 601-270 for applicants who claim proficiency in needed foreign language and meet above requirements.
    3. Successfully complete Voice Interceptor Course.
  • (b) Special instructions are as follows:

    1. Requirements for MOSC 35P1O for (RA) will be reflected on the REQUEST program “RPTCAS.” Requirements for USAR will be obtained from unit’s vacancy lists.
    2. Persons who enlist through this program will not receive language training. On the addendum to DA Form 3286-68 (Statement for Enlistment U.S. Station/Command/Unit/Area Enlistment Program) (for RA), DA Form 3540 series (for USAR), guidance counselors will complete the statement to indicate the enlistee’s language. (Example: “I understand that my civilian acquired skill as a Korean Linguist, MOS 35P1LKP, will be recognized under enlistment and…”). The MOSC to include the proper language identifier also will be entered as shown above.
    3. For RA only, as follows:
      • Guidance counselor or security interviewers will enter the appropriate statement for enlistment, MOS code and title 35P1O, cryptologic linguist.
      • Persons who qualify for enlistment bonus based on civilian acquired foreign language also will be enlisted for U.S. Army Cash Bonus Enlistment Program, 9-C. Guidance counselors or security interviews will enter in the appropriate statement for enlistment, MOS code and title 35P1L, cryptologic linguist. MOS code to include language identifier, as reflected by the REQUEST System will be entered in the appropriate statement for enlistment. (Example: 35P1LKP would be entered for a person qualified in the Korean language).
  • Be advised that due to the nature of training and assignments, temporary restrictions may be placed on foreign travel both during and after the term of service.
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