This website is not affiliated with the U.S. government or military.

Cryptologic Linguist (98G)

Computers and Technology Army MOS Information
  • Enlisted
  • Active Duty

The nation’s defense depends on information from foreign language newspapers, magazines, radio broadcasts and other sources. Therefore, it’s very important that some members of the Army be able to read and understand the many languages of the world.

The Cryptologic Linguist is primarily responsible for performing and supervising the detection, acquisition, location and identification of foreign communications using signals equipment. Some of your duties as a Cryptologic Linguist may include:

  • Translating, transcribing or producing summaries of foreign language transmissions in English/target languages
  • Identifying languages spoken in an assigned geographic area
  • Scanning written foreign language material for key words and indictors
  • Providing records of foreign intercepted communications
  • Operating communication equipment for SIGINT tasking, reporting and coordination
  • Translating written and spoken foreign language material to and from English, making sure to preserve the original meaning
  • Questioning prisoners of war, enemy deserters and civilian informers in their native languages
  • Recording foreign radio transmissions using sensitive communications equipment
  • Translating foreign books and articles describing foreign equipment and construction techniques


Job training for a Cryptologic Linguist consists of nine weeks of Basic Training, where you’ll learn basic Soldiering skills, and seven to 20 weeks of Advanced Individual Training and on-the-job instruction, including practice in interpretation. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.

Longer training is necessary for specialties that don’t require foreign language fluency prior to entry. For these specialties, foreign language training for six to 12 months is provided. Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Interrogation (questioning) methods
  • Use and care of communications equipment
  • Procedures for preparing reports

Helpful Skills:

Helpful attributes include:

  • A talent for foreign languages
  • An interest in speech, communications and foreign languages
  • An interest in working with people
  • An interest in reading and writing

Advanced Responsibilities:

As an advanced level Cryptologic Linguist, you may also be involved in:

  • Supervising signal intelligence/electronic warfare operations
  • Intercepting, identifying and recording designated foreign voice transmissions
  • Operating equipment configured to collect and produce written records of non-stereotyped foreign voice radio transmissions

Privacy Policy | About Us | FAQ | Terms of Service | Disclaimers | Do Not Sell My Personal Information (CA and NV residents)

Copyright © 2023 EducationDynamics. All Rights Reserved.

This is a private website that is not affiliated with the U.S. government, U.S. Armed Forces or Department of Veteran Affairs. U.S. government agencies have not reviewed this information. This site is not connected with any government agency. If you would like to find more information about benefits offered by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, please visit the official U.S. government web site for veterans’ benefits at

The sponsored schools featured on this site do not include all schools that accept GI Bill® funding or VA Benefits. To contact ArmyStudyGuide, email us.

Disclosure: EducationDynamics receives compensation for the featured schools on our websites (see “Sponsored Schools” or “Sponsored Listings” or “Sponsored Results”). So what does this mean for you? Compensation may impact where the Sponsored Schools appear on our websites, including whether they appear as a match through our education matching services tool, the order in which they appear in a listing, and/or their ranking. Our websites do not provide, nor are they intended to provide, a comprehensive list of all schools (a) in the United States (b) located in a specific geographic area or (c) that offer a particular program of study. By providing information or agreeing to be contacted by a Sponsored School, you are in no way obligated to apply to or enroll with the school.

This is an offer for educational opportunities that may lead to employment and not an offer for nor a guarantee of employment. Students should consult with a representative from the school they select to learn more about career opportunities in that field. Program outcomes vary according to each institution’s specific program curriculum. Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. The financial aid information on this site is for informational and research purposes only and is not an assurance of financial aid.

VFW $30,000 Scholarship!
Write an essay on the annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme is, “Why Is The Veteran Important?”