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.