What to Expect
Cryptologic Technicians Maintenance (CTMs) serve as experts in the preventive and corrective maintenance of sophisticated cryptologic equipment, networks and systems. Their responsibilities include:
- Installing, testing, troubleshooting, repairing or replacing cryptologic networks, physical security systems, electronic equipment, antennas, personal computers, auxiliary equipment, digital and optical interfaces and data systems
- Configuring, monitoring and evaluating Information Operations (IO), Information Warfare (IW) systems and Information Assurance (IA) operations
- Performing hardware and software isolation and repair of state-of-the-art electronics, computer and network equipment and related systems using complex test and analysis equipment, diagnostic software, hand tools and technical publications
- Maintain fleet cryptologic permanent and carry-on direct support systems required in special land, sea surface and subsurface operations
Cryptologic Technicians perform a variety of duties worldwide, at numerous overseas and stateside shore commands, aboard surface ships, aircraft and submarines and with Naval Special Warfare. They generally divide time between assignments ashore and afloat.
Cryptologic Technicians Maintenance can expect to be assigned to either day work or shift work in a large facility or one of the individual or two-person independent duty assignments, such as equipment installation activities, electronic maintenance and computer networking system departments and divisions. Departments and divisions are usually divided into specialized maintenance shops and are normally air-conditioned, well-lit and completely equipped.
As a CTM, you may work independently or as part of small, coordinated teams – ultimately under the supervision of Cryptologic Warfare Officers (four-year degree required) or Cyber Warfare Engineers (four-year degree required).
Training & Advancement
Upon completion of the initial 7-9 week training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes (known as Boot Camp), you’ll report for specialized training, including:
Class “A” Technical School (13 weeks) in Pensacola, FL, for training in fundamentals of electronic test equipment, digital fundamentals and logic circuits, troubleshooting techniques, computing and electronic equipment hardware basics, software operating systems, electronic systems troubleshooting, software recovery methods, network security principles, computer PC and workstation repair, networking concepts and components and application software.
After you’ve completed training, you may be assigned to ships or shore facilities in the United States or overseas. As a CTM, you can expect approximately 50% of your assignments to take place at sea.
To learn more about the specific training path for Cryptologic Technicians Maintenance, locate a recruiter.
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance.
Advanced training as a Cryptologic Technician Maintenance may also be available during later stages of your career. For those with further leadership aspirations and a college degree, Officer roles may be available, providing opportunities to lead and train others.
Specialized training received and work experience gained in the course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in related fields in the civilian sector.
Beyond offering access to professional credentials and certifications, Navy technical and operational training in the field of intelligence can translate to credit hours toward a bachelor’s or associate degree through the American Council on Education.
You may also continue your education through undergraduate degree opportunities like the Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance and the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Qualification & Requirements
A high school diploma or equivalent is required to become an Enlisted Sailor in the Navy. Those seeking a Cryptologic Technician Maintenance position must be U.S. citizens. Applicants must also meet eligibility requirements for a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance. Normal color perception and normal hearing are required.
They should be resourceful, logical and possess an average degree of manual dexterity and exceptionally good character. The ability to learn advanced computer, network and electronic system troubleshooting methods based on complicated technical concepts is also important.
There are part-time opportunities available as a Cryptologic Technician Maintenance.
Serving part-time as a Navy Reserve Sailor, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Cryptologic Technicians Maintenance in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.
For annual training, Cryptologic Technicians Maintenance may serve anywhere in the world, whether on a ship at sea or at bases and installations on shore.
Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Navy Reserve Sailors
Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.
Cryptologic Technicians Maintenance in the Navy Reserve serve in an Enlisted role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with the job, initial training requirements must be met.
For current or former military Enlisted service members: prior experience satisfies the initial Recruit Training requirement – so you will not need to go through Boot Camp again.
For those without prior military experience, you will need to meet the initial Recruit Training requirement by attending Boot Camp for 7-9 weeks in Great Lakes, IL. This training course will prepare you for service in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.