As the holiday season gets into full swing, On Your Guard will be taking a break until January. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this blog and learning more about all of the fantastic opportunities the National Guard provides, from its training programs in more than 150 career fields to its great benefits like money for college.
This year, we’ve taken an in-depth look at what the Guard offers in its STEM military occupational specialties. Check out all of the possibilities in:
Each month throughout 2015, On Your Guard is spotlighting a “hot job.” What defines these featured jobs as “hot”? One all-important benchmark: number of times people searched for it on the National Guard jobs board. So, here’s what’s hot for November.
This job plays a critical role in the Nation’s defense. You’ll use specialized signals equipment to eavesdrop on the enemy and exploit its communications to provide intelligence.
In this military occupational specialty (MOS), you’ll provide transcripts and translations, so good reading and writing skills are essential. The job goes beyond just translating what’s being said and that’s where analysis comes into play. You’ll need to understand context and intent to help provide mission support.
Watch this video about the 35P MOS to get a first-hand look at what cryptologic linguists do, and then read more about training and the benefits of serving in the National Guard.
The Guard will provide the training you need every step of the way to be successful in this MOS. After basic training, you’ll have anywhere from six to 52 weeks of advanced individual training (AIT), depending on the language. This on-the-job instruction in the field and the classroom takes place at Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas.
Those who aren’t fluent in a foreign language will need to attend training at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., for six to 18 months before they can attend AIT.
This MOS can translate to a civilian career as a translator or linguist for Government agencies, embassies, universities and companies that conduct business overseas.
Time and time again, the Soldiers whose stories we feature in On Your Guard credit their military training for sharpening their instincts and giving them confidence and the courage to never give up on any mission no matter the size or importance.
The skills and values the U.S. military instills in its Soldiers have won formidable battles and wars that have altered the course of world history. They’ve also made a difference in our own backyards, helping to protect or rebuild communities affected by floods, wildfires or other natural disasters. Even out of uniform, Soldiers like Arizona Guardsman PFC Samuel Pineda, who was featured in this blog last year, said it was his training and his instincts that kicked in to help him rescue his neighbors from their burning home.
Not everyone is cut out to be a leader. Not everyone can look danger in the face and act without hesitation, but that’s what our men and women service members are trained to do.
Happy Veterans Day, and thank you to all those who have served our country and to those who continue to do so.