Career Profile: Cryptologic Linguist(01:35)
Cryptologic linguists in the Air Force receive special training in multilingual skills for either airborne or ground support. Schools for cryptologic linguist training are located at Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas and at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, Calif. Language options include, but are not limited to, Persian Farsi, Chinese, Russian, Pashto, Urdu or Korean.
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Airman 1st Class Jake Maynard: It's me, Jake Maynard. (Speaking Arabic). I'm only 20 years old, and I already know Arabic. It's a pretty awesome accomplishment.
Staff Sgt. James Call: (Speaking Russian) My name is Staff Sgt. James Call. I'm from Tennessee, and I'm a Russian Language Instructor.
Airman 1st Class Jake Maynard: I've been studying Arabic in the Air Force for about 63 weeks now. That training started off in Monterey, California, at the Defense Language Institute.
Staff Sgt. James Call: You can learn over ten different languages; the major ones are Chinese, Arabic, Persian Farsi, Pashtu, Tagalong, Spanish, and I learned Russian.
Airman 1st Class Caleena Lewis: In Monterey, the school is definitely stressful, and it's definitely intense, but it's probably the best way to learn another language if you're not going to a foreign country.
Airman 1st Class Jake Maynard: The teaching staff there is unique in that they all are native speakers.
Airman 1st Class Caleena Lewis: Basically, you just live and breathe a language.
Airman 1st Class William Langstraat: Here, I learned how to apply the language that I learned in Monterey. But a lot of that stuff is classified, and I can't talk about it.
Staff Sgt. James Call: There are two different paths to become a cryptolinguist. There's the airborne path and the ground path. Here at Goodfellow, we teach the technical side of the job. And it's very challenging because most students aren't used to the fast-pace learning environment that we have here.
Airman 1st Class Jake Maynard: That entails listening to information, and then translating that, so that we can find out what exactly we're looking for, and use that information that we obtain from those translations to support our troops and our allies.closeX