Cryptologic Network Warfare Specialist (MOS 35Q)

35Q--Cryptologic Network Warfare Specialist

AT SEA - DECEMBER 30: Cryptologic Technician 1st Class, Steve Reed, prepares leaflets for distribution to Iraqi military personnel in Iraq December 30, 2002 while onboard the USS Constellation. Coalition aircraft are dropping leaflets like these primarily over southern Iraq. According to the U.S. Navy, this is the first time leaflets of this type have been printed and prepared aboard a U.S. Navy ship. Messages on the leaflets provide the Iraqi military personnel with radio frequencies to listen to for Coalition information. Other leaflets warn Iraqi antiaircraft batteries not to fire on Coalition aircraft.
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The Intelligence Occupational Specialty Career Field (35) in the Army is part of a wider Intelligence gathering group also known on Military Intelligence (MI).  The jobs in this team of professionals vary from the Human Intelligence Collector who is deeply involved with gathering information directly from the enemy to the Geo-spatial Intelligence Imagery Analyst who observes anomalies on enemy movement and locations in video and photographs.

 The entire career field work together to create Intelligence packages that make the Special Operations and Ground / Air Combat Units jobs easier and safer.

Basic Job Description

The Cryptologic side of the Intelligence Community requires a highly intelligent soldier capable of finding hidden or secret messages within computer, written, voice, or video communications.  In fact, the term "cryptology" is derived from the Greek words, "cryptos" meaning "hidden or secret" and "ology" which means the "study of". 

Understanding foreign culture, language, and mannerisms of enemy communications are some of the underlying skills members of the Intelligence Community must have, but skills and experience in computers, wireless communications, and secure networking databases are critical to this profession.  The soldier in the 35Q MOS will receive extensive training and on the job education throughout his / her career in the Military Intelligence Community.

A Cryptologic Network Warfare Specialist performs initial cryptologic digital analysis to establish target identification and operational patterns; identifies, reports, and maintains Intelligence information in support of Commander’s Intelligence Requirements; uses technical references to analyze information.

Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:

  • Operates automated data processing (ADP) equipment for both remote and local collection, processing and reporting
  • Develops and maintains analytical and operational working aids and databases to support target collection, identification, and location
  • Prepares technical products and time sensitive reports in support of Cryptologic Network Warfare operations

Training Information

Job training for a Cryptologic Network Warfare Specialist analyst requires ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and twenty six weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and in the field.

ASVAB Score Required: 112 in aptitude area ST (Skilled Technician)

Security Clearance: Top Secret

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Similar Civilian Occupations:

  • The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in certain government agencies as well as jobs in private electronic/communication companies.

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