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USMC Cryptologic Language Analyst (MOS 2641): 2023 Career Details

USMC Cryptologic Language Analysts (MOS 2641) are part of Occupational Field 26-Signals Intelligence/Ground Electronic Warfare.

This field of occupational specialties works to collect and analyze information to both produce and disseminate intelligence.

Marines entering into these career choices will go through extensive training to become foreign language experts.

Qualifications and Training

All Cryptologic Language Analyst positions require individuals to be at least 17 and no older than 28, have a high school diploma, and meet height, weight, and body fat requirements.

Cryptologic Language Analysts will be required to pass all physical fitness and medical testing and cannot have speech or hearing defects.

They must be U.S. citizens and meet SCI security clearance requirements. They must also successfully complete a counter-intelligence polygraph exam.

A career in MOS 2641 has a minimum score requirement for the General Technical (GT) portion of the ASVAB test of 105 or higher.

This occupational specialty also requires individuals to take the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB). A minimum score of 100 is required on the DLAB to qualify.

However, the minimum DLAB score can be waived for a minimum Level 2 proficiency on the listening and reading portions of the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) in the appropriate language.

Cryptologic Language Analysts are not only required to achieve Level 2 proficiency in listening and reading on the DLPT, but they must also be able to maintain it. 

The DLPT is the Department of Defense standard for determining language proficiency.

Cryptologic Language Analysts are tested annually to ensure they’ve maintained their language skills.

Marines are required to attend recruit training for 13 weeks, the Tactical SIGINT Operators Course, and complete the language requirements of the appropriate EMOS. 

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MOS 2641 and EMOS Assignments

Marine Corps Cryptologic Language Analysts (MOS 2641) must complete the foreign language requirements of their EMOS.

The primary MOS for Cryptologic Language Analysts is 2641, but their “Exception” MOS relates to the language they’re proficient in or train for at The Presidio.

The EMOS are Linguist MOSs that are used in conjunction with the primary MOS.

MOS 2641 Cryptologic Language Analysts receive language training at the Presidio of Monterey Army base in California.

EMOS 2712 through 2796 indicate the Cryptologic Language Analyst’s training and proficiency in the following languages. 

Each EMOS has specific training requirements related to the region/languages they cover.

Language Specific EMOSs

  • 2712 EMOS, Arabic (Modern Standard) Linguist
  • 2713 EMOS, Arabic (Egyptian) Linguist
  • 2714 EMOS, Arabic (Syrian) Linguist
  • 2715 EMOS, Arabic (Levantine) Linguist
  • 2716 EMOS, Amharic Linguist
  • 2717 EMOS, Arabic (Maghrebi) Linguist
  • 2718 EMOS, Hebrew Linguist
  • 2721 EMOS, Kurdish Linguist
  • 2723 EMOS, Somali Linguist
  • 2724 EMOS, Swahili Linguist
  • 2724 EMOS, Swahili Linguist
  • 2726 EMOS, Turkish Linguist
  • 2728 EMOS, Arabic (Iraqi) Linguist
  • 2729 EMOS, Arabic (Algerian) Linguist
  • 2730 EMOS, Arabic (Yemeni) Linguist
  • 2731 EMOS, Arabic (Libyan) Linguist
  • 2733 EMOS, Burmese Linguist
  • 2734 EMOS, Cambodian Linguist
  • 2735 EMOS, Cebuano Linguist
  • 2736 EMOS, Chinese (Cantonese) Linguist
  • 2737 EMOS, Chinese (Mandarin) Linguist
  • 2738 EMOS, Indonesian Linguist
  • 2739 EMOS, Japanese Linguist
  • 2740 EMOS, Maguinadano Linguist
  • 2741 EMOS, Korean Linguist
  • 2742 EMOS, Laotian Linguist
  • 2743 EMOS, Malay Linguist
  • 2744 EMOS, Tagalog Linguist
  • 2745 EMOS, Tausug Linguist
  • 2746 EMOS, Thai Linguist
  • 2747 EMOS, Vietnamese Linguist
  • 2748 EMOS, Maranao Linguist
  • 2749 EMOS, Yakan Linguist
  • 2754 EMOS, Dutch Linguist
  • 2756 EMOS, Finnish Linguist
  • 2757 EMOS, French Linguist
  • 2758 EMOS, German Linguist
  • 2759 EMOS, Greek Linguist
  • 2761 EMOS, Haitian-Creole Linguist
  • 2763 EMOS, Italian Linguist
  • 2764 EMOS, Norwegian Linguist
  • 2766 EMOS, Portuguese (Brazilian) Linguist
  • 2767 EMOS, Portuguese (European) Linguist
  • 2768 EMOS, Spanish Linguist
  • 2769 EMOS, Swedish Linguist
  • 2772 EMOS, Afghan Pushtu Linguist
  • 2773 EMOS, Persian-Afghan (Dari) Linguist
  • 2774 EMOS, Persian-Farsi Linguist
  • 2775 EMOS, Urdu Linguist
  • 2776 EMOS, Albanian Linguist
  • 2777 EMOS, Armenian Linguist
  • 2778 EMOS, Bulgarian Linguist
  • 2779 EMOS, Czech Linguist
  • 2780 EMOS, Uzbek Linguist
  • 2781 EMOS, Estonian Linguist
  • 2782 EMOS, Georgian Linguist
  • 2783 EMOS, Hungarian Linguist
  • 2784 EMOS, Latvian Linguist
  • 2785 EMOS, Azerbaijani Linguist
  • 2786 EMOS, Lithuanian Linguist
  • 2787 EMOS, Macedonian Linguist
  • 2788 EMOS, Polish Linguist
  • 2789 EMOS, Romanian Linguist
  • 2791 EMOS, Russian Linguist
  • 2792 EMOS, Serbo-Croatian Linguist
  • 2793 EMOS, Slovenian Linguist
  • 2794 EMOS, Ukrainian Linguist
  • 2795 EMOS, Hindi Linguist
  • 2796 EMOS, Bengali Linguist

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Language Training EMOS

Once the Cryptologic Language Analyst has completed the Tactical SIGINT Operators Course, they must complete language training. 

Middle East Cryptologic Linguist-Arabic Course

Marines in MOS 2641 assigned EMOSs 2712 through 2717, and 2728 through 2731 must complete the Middle East language training course.

Apprentice Cryptologic Analyst-Chinese Course

Marines assigned with EMOS 2736 and 2737 complete the Apprentice Cryptologic Analyst-Chinese Course.

Asian-Pacific Cryptologic Linguist-Korean Course

Marines with an EMOS assignment of 2741 will complete the Asian-Pacific
Cryptologic Linguist-Korean Course. 

Central Asian Cryptologic Linguist-Russian Course

Cryptologic Language Analysts assigned the 2791 EMOS will study the Central Asian Cryptologic Linguist-Russian Course.

European Cryptologic Linguist-Spanish Course

Marines in MOS 2641 assigned EMOS 2768 will complete the European
Cryptologic Linguist-Spanish Course.

Voice Interceptor Persian-Farsi Course

Cryptologic Language Analysts assigned the 2773 EMOS will take the Voice
Interceptor Persian-Farsi Course.

Pashto Supplemental Cryptologic Language Course

Cryptologic Language Analysts assigned an EMOS of 2772 take the Pashto
Supplemental Cryptologic Language Course.

Apprentice Cryptologic Linguist Specialist Non-Target Course

2641 Marines assigned any EMOS not listed in the sections above take the Apprentice Cryptologic Linguist Specialist Non-Target Course.

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What are the job functions of a Cryptologic Language Analyst?

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An Asia-Pacific Cryptologic Language Analyst reads a Chinese legend. Image: wikimedia

USMC Cryptologic Language Analysts (MOS 2641) are proficient in different languages and cultures.

While they may have different targeted areas, the basic job functions of each MOS are the same.

Cryptologic Language Analysts complete immediate and continued training in order to be fluent in different language modalities.

Modalities include areas such as listening, reading, and/or speaking.

The requirements to enter into the Cryptologic Language Analyst career field include being at Level 2 in certain languages. However, the Department of Defense has given professional linguists a career goal of being at Level 3 in the modalities that are required per the specific job.

Part of the continued language training is to assist Linguists in meeting this goal.

All Marines in these operational specialties must be familiar with Electronic Warfare including electronic support, protect, and attack.

Cryptologic Language Analysts monitor, transcribe, and translate intercepted target communications.

The Cryptologic Language Analyst sets up, operates, and maintains the collection and communication electronic equipment.

They also work with intercept equipment and must know how to fully install, operate, and perform preventative maintenance on the equipment.

The Cryptologic Language Analyst will listen to communication such as cell phone or radio waves and are looking for any information that may be valuable to the mission.

Cryptologic Language Analyst (MOS 2641) Job Details

Any information they intercept will be interpreted and translated from the foreign language to English.

When Cryptologic Language Analysts translate the information, they must be certain they keep the original intent, meaning, and emphasis to avoid losing critical information in translation.

The Cryptologic Language Analyst is to avoid language that may be hard to understand and must be impartial when translating.

They will use the communications they receive to run an analysis of the information and exploit any necessary communication pieces.

Using all of the data they have collected, these analysts are required to prepare intelligence records and reports.

The reports may require the opinion of the Cryptologic Language Analyst on the credibility of the person they received information from.

It is up to them to find the information that is relevant and document all information for future use or that may be relevant to future missions.

This task can include briefing command or preparing presentations on findings.

Part of their job may be to establish reference materials that can be used as foreign language to English dictionaries, culture references, or indexes including military terms.

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Cryptologic Linguist was presented with a Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal for performing a search and rescue. Image: marines.mil

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What Does a Cryptologic Language Analyst Get Paid?

USMC Cryptologic Language Analysts (MOS 2641) go through a large amount of training.

These marines are paid based on rank and time in service. They can expect pay to increase as rank and skill progression does.

Through career progression, individuals will advance from beginner to intermediate and then to advanced.

Additional training opportunities are available that assist with promotions.

According to Glassdoor, the average salary of a Marine Corps Cryptologic Language Analyst was around $67,300 a year.

Follow the table below to get an idea of Marine Corps base pay.

InsigniaPay GradeRankAbbreviation2023 Minimum Monthly Pay
E-1 +4 monthsPrivatePvt$1,917.60
E-2Private First ClassPFC$2,149.20
E-3Lance CorporalLCpl$2,259.90
E-4CorporalCpl$2,503.50
E-5SergeantSgt$2,730.30
E-6Staff SergeantSSgt$2,980.50
E-7Gunnery SergeantGySgt$3,3445.80
E-8Master SergeantMSgt$4,957.20
E-8First Sergeant1stSgt$4,957.20
E-9Master Gunnery SergeantMGySgt$6,055.50
E-9Sergeant MajorSgtMaj$6,055.50
E-9Sergeant Major Of The Marine CorpsSgtMaj$6,055.50

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Benefits

All Marines are offered benefits in addition to their base pay amounts.

The Marine Corps provides tuition assistance programs that assist with continued education.

The Marine Corps also provides housing for all Marines and their families, including utilities.

Other benefits include insurance, paid sick time, paid vacation time, and retirement.

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Job Reviews

Several job reviews state that the typical day as a Cryptologic Language Analyst varies.

At times, your day consists of training and keeping your skills sharp, other times you are working long hours utilizing your skills supporting home or deployed operations.

Individuals in this role recommend the position, but only if you dedicate yourself to the time and effort required.

It can take years to be trained in a language, and the training is not easy.

Reviews state that skills learned in this MOS are mostly utilized when deployed.

Positive aspects include skills gained, pay, and experience.

Negative reviews discuss not utilizing skills enough when not deployed, and when deployed, the time spent away.

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The review below provides details on some duties that may be performed on a daily basis.

Cryptologic Linguist MOS
Image: Indeed

The review below shows the contrast of work-load between when Marines are deployed or home.

Marine Corps Cryptologic Linguist
Image: Indeed

Civilian Career Opportunities

Working as a Cryptologic Language Analyst for the Marines allows individuals to gain foreign language skills and skills surrounding electronic communications.

Marines can find positions as computer operators, interpreters, foreign language teachers, electronic/radio operators, or equipment technicians.

While some positions can require additional training, most positions will pay similar or even more than a Cryptologic Language Analyst, depending on rank.

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Summary

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Marine Cryptologic Arabic Linguist after he returns from a 13-month-long deployment. Image: wikimedia

The U.S. Marine Corps tasks Cryptologic Language Analysts (MOS 2641) with learning a foreign language to interpret, analyze, and communicate information and messages.

Cryptologic Language Analysts can attend training for up to a couple of years to learn a foreign language in different modalities.

MOS 2641 is the primary Military Occupational Specialty, while the EMOS indicates the language specialty. 

Marines in this MOS have to meet strict requirements, take additional language testing/coursework, and demonstrate their proficiency annually.

Similar to all Marine positions, these Cryptologic Language Analysts positions will pay based on rank.

The reviews for these positions were mostly positive, with an average rating of 4/5 stars.

Civilian career opportunities using the skills learned in this MOS are available as interpreters, teachers, and more.

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References

USMC-Military Occupational Specialties Manual

Glassdoor salary

Indeed Salary

Jeff E.

Originally posted on 03/20/22

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