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U.S. Air Force Cryptologic Language Analyst Training Pipeline

The mission of a Cryptologic Language
Analyst is to translate foreign language materials into English in order to
provide that information to both tactical or national strategic decision
makers like our president. Thinking about my job can be intimidating but it is
also very exciting to know that such a big responsibility rests in mine and my
fellow Airmen’s hands. The pipeline involved in becoming a CLA is actually
one of the longest in the United States Air Force. The ground CLA will graduate
from basic training and come directly here to the Defense Language Institute
and complete their foreign language course. After graduation from the Defense
Language Institute they follow on for a little bit more technical training on
the intelligence side at Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo, Texas. An airborne
CLA has a significantly longer training pipeline. They’ll go to basic training,
and then after that they’ll have a two-week aircrew fundamentals course
where they learn the basics of what it means to work on an aircraft. This job
was my top pick because it gives me the opportunity to go through aircrew
training and therefore work on the flight line. After that just like the
ground linguists they will come to the Defense Language Institute for their
follow-on language training. Once they leave here they go to Goodfellow Air
Force Base, just like their ground counterparts, where they attend
Cryptologic training and then after Goodfellow they’ve got the survival
training: that’s where there’s three basic courses they’ll be going through.
Two of those are land survival and then there’s also a water survival course
that they’ll get. Since I’m airborne I’m going to Washington State for SERE
training, and that should be about a month long and I’m very excited for that. And
then at the 18-month to two-year mark they arrive at their first duty location. And I’m also very curious
to get to my final duty station and to start to become operational and to start
my job as an Airborne Cryptologic Linguist. Everyday a Cryptologic language
analyst does something that helps our leadership in the United States make a
decision that’s important for our national security. I’m proud to be a
linguist because I love the idea of what we’re all doing, all of our specific jobs
work together towards one cause and that’s the defend the United States and
to protect its citizens.

5 Replies to “U.S. Air Force Cryptologic Language Analyst Training Pipeline”

  • 2 years of pipepline training summed up in about 2 minutes. For aircrew, this is not including the initial training for a specific aircraft and on the job training. It took me 3 years and 4 months before I was fully capable of being a basic airborne cryptologic language analyst. It doesn't stop there though, you're always training to get to the next level!

  • With no delays in training, it took me 3 years and 1 month to get my checkride as a Korean ANO.  Looking back, I miss the training more than I did being operational.

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