Cryptologic Linguist

Military Intelligence
MOS Details
Major Duties: 

Performs and supervises detection, acquisition, location, identification, and exploitation of foreign communications at all echelons using signals equipment. Translates, transcribes, gists, or produces summaries of foreign language transmissions in English/target languages. Performs collection management.

Skill Level 1 Identifies language spoken in an assigned geographic area and categorizes voice signals by activity type. Extracts essential elements of information from foreign language transmissions to support mission reporting requirements. Scans written foreign language material for key words and indicators. Recognizes changes in transmission modes and informs the appropriate analytical or intercept station. Provides translation assistance to analysts. Performs Electronic Support (ES), Electronic Attack (EA), and Electronic Protect in support of EW Operations. Provides written records, hand-copied or gisted, of foreign intercepted communications. Operates communication equipment for SIGINT tasking, reporting and coordination. Drafts technical reports.

Skill Level 2 Supervises signal intelligence/electronic warfare operations. Intercepts, identifies, and records designated foreign voice transmissions. Operates equipment configured to collect and produce written records of nonstereotyped foreign voice radio transmissions.

Skill Level 3 Performs duties shown in preceding skill level and provides guidance to subordinate soldiers. Collects and simultaneously produces on-line activity records of complex foreign voice radio transmissions containing technical terminology, advanced grammar and syntax, and colloquial conversational forms. Supervises voice signal collection and processing activities and determines priorities. Identifies and performs limited analysis on enciphered voice signals. Implements SIGINT emergency action plans. Supervises squad level voice communication intercept operations. Provides quality control of SIGINT voice intercept products. Supervises EA, EP, and ES operations.

Skill Level 4 Performs duties shown in preceding skill level. Performs voice intercept and processing of complex foreign voice radio transmissions. Refines essential elements of information requirements for identification and extraction. Determines (ES/EA) requirements for supported units. Supervises collection management.

Skill level 5 Performs duties shown in preceding skill level. Supervises immediate subordinates in SIGINT operations and command intelligence procedures. Coordinates tactical and strategic SIGNT voice collection operations and provides appraisals of intelligence products, activities, and operations. Develops unit intelligence training strategy.

Physical Demands Rating: 
very heavy
Physical Profile Serial #: 
Qualifications and Prerequisites
ASVAB Minimum Score: 
95 total from GS+WK+PC+MK+MC
High school graduate or GED equivalent
Other Qualifications: 
  • Soldiers don't directly enlist into 98G. Those interested are first assigned to MOS 98XL (The "X" indicates the specific job is unknown and "L" indicates that the job requires language proficiency). Once soldiers have completed proficiency training at the Defense Language Institute (or otherwise already satisfied foreign language proficiency) recruits are assigned to either 98C or 98G.
  • Must be a US citizen
  • 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-
    1. Persons accused of acting in the interest of the United States or
    2. The relatives of such persons to whom they may reasonably be considered to be bound by ties of affection, kinship, or obligation. Near relatives will also include uncles, aunts, grandparents, father- in-law, mother-in-law, and relationships corresponding to any of the above persons in loco parentis (AR 630-5 and 37 USC 501).
  • Formal training (completion of MOS 98G course conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center) mandatory. Must also complete formal language training or meet the civilian acquired skills criteria listed in AR 601-210.
  • Must meet TOP SECRET security clearance and Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access eligibility requirements.
  • Meet career management and development criteria contained in AR 614-200.
  • No record of court-martial
  • No record of conviction by a civil court for any offense other than minor traffic violations
  • No information in military personnel, Provost Marshal, intelligence, or medical records which will prevent the granting of security clearance under AR 380-67
  • Never been a member of the U.S. Peace Corps, except as specified in AR 614-200, chapter 1
  • 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 interest of the United States. This requirement applies to the soldier's spouse as well.
  • Normal color vision
  • Pass a phonetic sound discrimination test.
  • Achieve a qualifying score on the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAI3) as prescribed by AR 611-6.
  • Meet hearing acuity test standards per AR 40-501.
  • 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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