Military Occupational Specialties

Army MOS 35P Cryptologic Linguist Electronic Warfare Signal Intelligence Recruit


35P Cryptologic Linguist

Job Description

A Cryptologic Linguist is responsible for intercepting foreign communications by using signal equipments, and translating/interpreting that information. In combat, Cryptologic Linguist support the mission by providing critical information to Army leaders.

35P Training Requirements

Job Training for Cryptologic Linguist consists of 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 3 to 52 weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Advanced Training is conducted at Goodfellow AFB, TX.  Training times vary depending on language. Soldiers who are not currently fluent in a foreign language will be required to complete 6-18 months of language training at the Defense Language Institute (DLI), prior to attending AIT.

35P requires a 60 month enlistment, plus training.

Qualification For 35P

ASVAB Score:  31+ AFQT, 110 ST Line Score (91 ST with 105 DLAB)

Age: Must be between 17-35

Citizenship: Must be a U.S. Citizen, with valid Passport, Birth Certificate or Naturalization Certificate.

Education: Must be a HS graduate or higher

DLAB: RA 105, AR 95 (scores of 95-104 are eligible to receive a waiver). The DLAB will be used to determine the foreign language applicants will be eligible to learn at the DLI.

Pulhes Profile: 222121

Security Clearance: TOP SECRET/SCI access eligible

  • No charges above minor traffic (exception to policy possible, depends on charges).
  • Must not have a significant amount of personal debt.
  • Never been a member of the peace corps.

Vision: Normal, ETPs authorized for individuals with Red/Green vision.

Physical Demands Rating: Very heavy

Additional Notes: The current and approved minimum DLAB score for accessions into this MOS at any given time will be reflected in the REQUEST program in accordance with the category of languages required and being recruited.

Skilled Linguists are eligible to receive to foreign language proficiency pay, between $300 and $500 per month.

35P ACASP Progam

The Army remains in critcial need of Soldiers with certain language capabilities. The 35P ACASP, skilled linguist enlistment option is available for both Regular Army and Army Reserve applicants. This program offers eligible applicants in all areas of the command, that are proficient in certain foreign languages, the opportunity to obtain large monetary incentives and accelerated
promotion to Specialist.

Eligible ACASP Languages

Applicants must pass the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) with a 2 in Listening and a 2 in Reading, in order to be considered for the 35P ACASP Program. The Army is currently accepting the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Korean
  • Persian Farsi
  • French
  • Chinese Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Pashtu
  • Indonesian
  • Tagolog
  • Hebrew
  • Serbo-Croatian

35P ACASP applicants do not need to attend language training at DLI. DLAB or OPI is not required.

 Additional Resources for 35P

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  • Matt

    I’m a current 35P in the ARNG interested in go RA this fall when my guard contract is up — is there a way I can get an option 40? I know they make you do 6 months active if you switch from guard to active, but I’m curious if I can sign a new contract active the day after I ETS as a new recruit w/ prior service. I already have ABN and Ranger school and current 2/2 TA DLPT completed if that helps.

    • Sergeant Washington

      Take a look at the latest business rules, this should answer your question.

  • Matt

    Thanks for the link, I have talked with recruiters and getting me a 35P on RA isn’t an issue. None have seen to know if they can get me an option 40 (slot to attend RASP and tryout for Ranger Battalion). I contacted Regiment recruiting and they told me I could wait 6 months after enlisting on go through my chain of command, or get an option 40 on my enlistment contract and go straight to RASP. Everytime I ask a recruiter about an option 40 contract they don’t seem to know what I’m talking about. I’ve talked with people I’m in contact with at Regiment and they said they need 35P’s, but I can’t go there without a contract that allows me to go to RASP. My worry is going active and within the 6 months I show up at a unit they have some kind of “mandatory” thing come up that prevents me from going to RASP for an extended period of time.

    • Sergeant Washington

      Matt, option 40 is not an option for 35P… sorry

      • Sergeant Washington

        You may be able to volunteer at DLI or AIT. It’s just not guaranteed like it is if you get an Option 40 Contract.

      • Sergeant Washington

        You may be able to volunteer at DLI or AIT. It’s just not guaranteed like it is if you get an Option 40 Contract.

  • Christian Starbird

    I’m trying to reclass to 35P and I’ve got the TS finally. I just need to know who I need to talk to other than my retention. is there a recruiter I can talk to for more information or to link up with my retention to begin the process.