Navy Cryptologic Technician Interpretive – CTI

We’re the Navy’s linguists, but more than that. We’re generally going to be working in intelligence. We really become cultural experts. We can travel. There’s a lot of jobs that are open to us because of that knowledge. Understanding connotation. You’re not only translating the language, but you’re also trying to interpret the intent of that communicant in that conversation. Whether it be an operation on the ground in Afghanistan, whether it’s a fleet operating in the South China Sea, We have the knowledge to make sure the reporting information gets out correctly to protect troops, Real people’s lives, make policy decisions. So really the reporting and the briefs that we give can go a lot of places. You go through the Defense Language Institute. They build your language skills from the ground up. You are completely immersed. You’re doing, at the minimum, forty hours a week. In class, which are very small classrooms With Native-speaking teachers. So the teachers are extremely highly educated, their English is great, But when you step in that classroom Day One, there’s no more English. When that fire’s lit and you’ve really experienced for the first time what it’s like to be bilingual, And to go somewhere and completely never use a word of English and be able to get through a social interaction, It’s a very cool experience and you have a better appreciation and want to learn more languages.

6 thoughts on “Navy Cryptologic Technician Interpretive – CTI

  1. CTI is great but the Navy sometimes doesn't know how to activate their resources. I knew a guy on my first ship who knew four different languages and he was a machinist mate. He wanted to be a CTI but he didn't score too well in his vas ASVAB for it. The Navy should have evaluated him testing them out and made it happen but again it's the US Navy for crying out loud

  2. Passed the ASVAB qualifications for CTI…I’m taking DLAB soon, however…I already know intermediate Mandarin. I hope to get Mandarin because i already have 3 years of experience in it. I am already fluent in English and Spanish. My biggest fear is that I will given a language that I may not be ultimately valuable in since DLI can be academically draining and not everyone successfully gets through A school. I tried to study European and even Middle Eastern languages but the only types of languages I can grasp well were surprisingly East Asian languages. And, yes, I know it goes down to the needs of the Navy, but does anyone know if it’s possible to fill in a special request???

  3. Knowing a foreign language already doesn’t instantly qualify you to be a CTI as this rate involves a TS/SCI and you get a partial screening beforehand which eliminates some potential candidates from the pool.

    While some may never be able to become a CTI, if you are fluent in a language you can take what’s called the DLPT (this gauges your actual capability in reading, listening, and speaking) which depending on your rate in the Navy (or other service branch) can potentially enable you to earn FLP Pay and open doors to new opportunities and experiences simply due to knowing another language.

    Pro Tip: if you can read newspapers, listen to news on the radio or TV or understand natives talking at speed in your target language with near total comprehension you can easily pass the DLPT, if you are not at this level don’t bother. Leaving DLI you will be this good in 64 weeks depending on language (some are significantly shorter) which is better than most people who spend years in university to still not be on the same level.

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