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About the Job
Cryptologic Linguists (CTL) work in a highly classified environment, using high-tech equipment to intercept and analyse foreign language material to support the Navy’s intelligence mission. You’ll be supported by classified Government intelligence programs to inform tactical and military advantage, both at sea and ashore. This diverse and mentally stimulating role encompasses a range of specialist problem solving and analytical skills that support Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance activities.
Your career will start as a Cryptologic Operator (CTO) in major fleet units, Fleet Headquarters or strategic environments. Once you’ve mastered the fundamental skills, you’ll move into a specialist role as a Linguist.
Teamwork is an important part of the role. You’ll work in a close-knit team that really rely on each other. There are also many opportunities for career growth and travel; all while making a difference. It’s an exciting role that’s both challenging and immensely rewarding.
Note: All Cryptologic Linguists receive formal language training but don’t normally perform the role of an interpreter.
The training Linguists receive include, but are not limited to:
- Learning a language other than English
- Information technology processes, including typing and software manipulation
- Analytical techniques and methodical problem-solving
- Communications theory, including radio wave propagation
- Communications networks; formats, terminology and pattern analysis theory
- Operation of acquisition, recording and processing equipment
- Methods for working with intelligence information
- The fighting structure of foreign military forces
- Procedures for handling, distributing and safeguarding intelligence information
- Information technology systems and processes including keyboard skills and software manipulation
- Information technology familiarity and keyboard skills (typing will be included in your training)*
- An interest in world events and communication technologies, in particular events in the Indo-Pacific region
*CT sailors will receive formal training for keyboard skills, but learning touch typing skills prior to enlistment is highly recommended in order to get ahead of the game.
Other Ranks - Non Technical
Join the ADF with appropriate high school passes
Preparing for Your Recruitment Process
This document provides information that will assist applicants for roles in the Navy, Army and Air Force, including details about the recruitment process, how to prepare yourself for assessment, and what to expect if you are successful in joining the Australian Defence Force.
The Royal Australian Navy offers competency based training in conjunction with the National Training Syllabus. This means that most training is nationally recognised and accredited. For more information ask your Careers Coach.
Salary & Allowances
In the Navy you'll get paid a good salary from day one regardless of your age, experience or qualifications; and your pay increases as you progress through training.
In addition to your salary you'll receive a variety of allowances, extra pay for relevant qualifications – plus 16.4% superannuation, a far higher rate than you're likely to find in the civilian world.
All Sailors will serve in fleet units and shore establishments on a rotational basis.
Applicants must be at least 17 years of age and able to complete the Initial Minimum Period of Service before reaching Compulsory Retirement Age (60).
Applicants will not be allowed to enter the ADF until they achieve a minimum of 17 years of age, however they may be able to initiate the application process from 16 years and six months of age, depending upon the capacity of their local recruiting centre.
Education & Experience
You must have successfully completed Year 10 with passes in English and Mathematics. An aptitude to learn a foreign language is essential (all applicants will be tested prior to acceptance).
Medical & Fitness
To be appointed, you must be medically and physically fit for entry into the ADF. This is partially assessed from the completion of an extensive questionnaire covering your medical history, followed by a physical examination.
You will also be required to successfully pass a physical fitness test before appointment.
For more details on medical and physical fitness standards refer to Physical Fitness Standards for Entry into the ADF, Medical Process for Entry into the ADF and Physical Employment Standards once you're in the ADF.
You must also pass the swim test and physical fitness test to graduate from your Navy Training and to proceed to the Safety of Life at Sea Training that is a requirement for Recruit School and Officer training.
Royal Australian Navy Swim Test (RANST)
The RANST is conducted to ensure the Navy's duty of care to all serving personnel, with respect to rudimentary swimming skills. The purpose of the RANST is to ensure fundamental water survival skills as a prerequisite to training such as survival at sea training.
Individual components of the RANST are fundamentally related to the survival at sea scenario. Competency in the RANST is achieved through successful completion of each component comprising:
- A safety jump off a 3m tower in overalls
- A 10m underwater swim in overalls
- A 50m swim using three safety strokes
- The ability to tread water or float for 15 mins in overalls
Note: You will find it much easier to pass the swimming test if you undertake swimming training before you join.
All personnel will undertake the RANST upon entry and competency is to be achieved within 15 weeks from commencement of initial training. Failure of any one component will constitute failure of the entire RANST and no waivers will be granted.
Period of Service
You will be enlisted for an Initial Minimum Period of Service (IMPS) of six years. On enlistment if you elect to serve an open ended enlistment, you will be able to serve until retirement age, subject to your continued suitability for service. If you elect to serve for a fixed period of service, subsequent periods of service may be offered subject to the requirements of the ADF and your suitability for further service. Your Careers Coach can advise on how IMPS will relate to your chosen occupation.
Language Aptitude Test
During their testing at the Recruiting Centre, all Cryptologic Linguist streamed applicants are tested for their aptitude for learning languages. This is to identify their capabilities in assimilating different language structures. We do not expect you to know a second or subsequent language at this stage.
The application process to join the Australian Defence Force requires you to complete a series of aptitude tests which may include verbal, spatial and numerical ability and a general maths test. Some jobs may also require you to complete additional testing at a later date.
Psychology support staff will explain what is involved with each test.
The aptitude tests provide information about your suitability for the Defence Force and for particular jobs. Defence Force Recruiting can then help you identify jobs that best match your abilities.
Further information on the aptitude testing requirements can be found here.
Only Australian Citizens are permitted to serve in the ADF.
If you are a permanent resident of Australia, the ADF may consider a temporary deferral of the citizenship requirement if the position for which you are applying cannot be filled by an applicant who meets all the citizenship requirements, and then only in exceptional circumstances. You will be required to obtain Australian Citizenship as early as possible following enlistment or appointment.
The Department of Defence requires ADF entrants to obtain a security clearance appropriate to their avenue of entry.
A process of background checks, collection of relevant information and, as required, interviews enables the Regional Security Office to make an informed assessment of an applicant's suitability for a security clearance.
Current policy requires applicants for this particular avenue of entry to have lived in Australia for the preceding 10 years, or have a checkable background for this period.
Duration: 11 weeks
Location: Crib Point, Victoria
The Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus is situated on Western Port Bay, Victoria about 70 kilometres south east of Melbourne. The school has its own administration building, accommodation blocks and classrooms and operates as an independent unit within the greater training environment of Cerberus.
The eleven week recruit course is designed to give you sufficient knowledge and skills on which to base your Navy career. The course includes both classroom and practical activities. Most subjects are individually tested. Examinations are set to ensure recruits are sufficiently prepared to undertake further specialist training at category schools. Private study areas are available in the school and a Duty Instructor is available for assistance during non-instructional hours.
Recruits, who successfully complete the course including the Navy Swimming Test, participate in a Graduation Parade, which is normally held on the Friday of the last week of training. Recruits will have the opportunity to invite family and friends to view the parade.
After graduation, personnel will be posted to category schools at Cerberus or at other training establishments throughout Australia.
During Military (Initial Recruit) Training and Initial Employment Training (IET), members may be required to pay a contribution towards meals, accommodation and utilities, depending on a number of factors.
Like all General Entry Sailors, Cryptologic Linguist Sailors begin their careers at HMAS Cerberus at Western Port in Victoria to undergo 11 weeks of common basic training. Here they are trained in all the basic skills that Sailors need to prepare themselves for a career at sea and ashore. On completion of recruit training CTL Sailors will undertake three week seamanship course at the School of Seamanship, also at HMAS Cerberus.
Once basic and Seamanship training is completed, CTL Sailors move to HMAS Watson located at South Head, Sydney. HMAS Watson is where the School of Maritime Warfare - Intelligence is located and it is here CTL Sailors undergo basic operator skills training. On completion of this course Sailors will be classified as Cryptologic Operators.
They are taught skills to enable them to contribute to intelligence teams by supporting the organisation’s intelligence functions at sea or ashore.
Once a sailor has consolidated their operator skills training they will undertake specialisation training to stream as a Cryptologic Linguist.
What happens after CTL language training is completed?
As soon as they have specialised, CTL Sailors usually begin by applying their skills at shore-based facilities. Here they will consolidate their skills before posting to sea.
CTL Sailors can expect to be posted to ships at sea or any Intelligence-related role ashore for further training and consolidation. Continuation training is in the form of intermediate and advanced courses linked to promotion and advancement.