Cryptologic Linguist



About the Job Interested in entering the world of Intelligence? What do Cryptologic Linguist Sailors actually do? Cryptologic Linguist (CTL) sailors are a specialist stream within the Cryptologic sailor workforce. Prior to your specialisation you will commence your career as a Cryptologic Operator (CTO) as a Navy Sailor who works in major fleet units, Fleet Headquarters or strategic headquarters environments. CTO sailors support the Navy’s intelligence mission at sea or ashore, and in support of classified Government intelligence programs, from tactical to strategic operations at the basic level.

Once you have consolidated these skills you will move to your specialisation stream of Linguist. Cryptologic Linguist (CTL) sailors are intelligence personnel who perform classified core and specialist tasks across the strategic, operational and tactical levels both at sea and ashore. Their broad role includes specialist skills in various forms of intelligence that provide support to Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) activities.

Cryptologic Linguists are warfighters involved in the operation of state-of-the-art technology including highly technical specialist and analysis equipment and computer based software. Combined with their language and analytical skills Cryptologic Linguists are able to collect process and disseminate intelligence to provide Command with decision superiority. Their primary function involves applying their linguistic and general analytical skills to identify, collect, read, transcribe, extract and translate foreign language material in support of the Australian Defence Force.

Whilst, all Cryptologic Linguists receive formal language training they do not normally perform the role of an interpreter or other linguistics roles not associated with their primary intelligence role. Some of the duties that a Cryptologic Linguist Sailor may perform include: Prepare and present intelligence briefs, conduct briefs, provide advice to ship’s company and commanders Operate state-of-the-art intelligence systems to collect information and disseminate intelligence products Recognise key information during real-time, as well as post acquisition analysis. This may include the provision of a gist or overview of what is being communicated, as well as the translation of spoken or written material from one language to another Provide real-time indication of possible threats to the platform or unit being supported, as well as providing input to the strategic intelligence environment including analytical comments Produce formatted reports and summaries on items of interest, and liaise directly with relevant authorities for the dissemination of these products Operate other specific systems as required to support Intelligence tasking and reporting requirements All CTL Sailors will receive training in: A language other than English Communications theory, including radio wave propagation Information Technology systems and processe.

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15 Nov 2019


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