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Navy Cryptology: Questions & Answers to what your Sailor will be doing as a Cryptology Technician in the United States Navy.

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Comment by Mike Bubb on December 24, 2017 at 10:48am

For those interested in class up time at Corry Station, my son arrived in the fall of 2017 and waited about 1 month.  We visited on thanksgiving (since he only had Thursday and Friday off), we made dinner in our hotel room!

Also, be patient regarding approval of Christmas leave - my son's leave was approved 4 days before Christmas.  My advice is to put their leave chits in early and book refundable tickets early as the prices go up and availability goes down rapidly.  

Comment by Dustin on March 15, 2017 at 11:54am

Hi Tom --

I had the same question when our sailor arrived at Corry Station for CTN A School last fall. I think you're on track with 'however long it takes' to class-up. We were prepared for a wait of months, even. Luckily, our sailor classed-up in about a week from arrival.

Comment by Tom Brown on March 15, 2017 at 11:22am

I don't think we can write about specific dates so please don't mention them; I think its OK to write about generalities.  

My question has to do with start date for the next CT-N class at Corry Station. Does anyone know approximately how often they start - once a month, once a quarter, once a week? Or is there no way to know - do they just wait however long it takes to have enough people to start one? Thanks. 

Comment by Chris Tessitore on December 19, 2016 at 9:09pm

Can any CTI's tell me when in Bootcamp my son may find out what Language he will be getting? Thanks in advance and Stay safe

Comment by Phil Shannon on December 15, 2016 at 11:11am

Those "bonus" calls sure give you an extra bounce in your step that day, don't they? I remember being worried about here at boot camp all the time, and then my phone rings, hear her voice, she sounds fine, that makes your day! She couldn't say much to me but having a chance to say "I love you" sure is a blessing during those stressful days.

Comment by Chris Tessitore on December 14, 2016 at 4:43pm

As usual, thanks for the great words men.  Again, glad to hear the success of your Sailors.

Comment by Richard J. Ramirez on December 14, 2016 at 3:30pm

Hello Chris, First I wish you and yours, especially your Sailor a very Happy Holiday.  Our Son, (PO2) just celebrated his third year in the Navy this November.  He too is a CTI and absolutely loves his work, which we have no idea what he does, as you probably know by know, CTI's don't/can't talk about their work (Google CTI Spook for more details).  Your Sailor will be headed to the Defense Language Institute come separation from Basic.  The good News, Monterey, CA is absolutely beautiful nearly all year long.  Leave will allow a quick trip to San Francisco or Sacramento, when time allows.  The bad News News, time will not allow for much leave.  The  program is in a word, intense.  A non "X" speaking Sailor goes in, and a Sailor fluent in "X" comes out.  I am telling you, had I not seen and heard it with my own eyes and ears I would not have believed it possible; but it is intense!  Fortunately, the military has been at this for a while and they really know how to have their "charges" succeed.  Our Sailor loved it so much there is a slim possibility he may be back for a second go, but that will require re-upping.  In the meantime, he LOVES his work.  The best part is the CTI's that went to basic (and you'll find they are a small group), may stay together through their first tour which is an added plus; as you'll find the CTI rate is a highly selective group.  Well, keep us posted and God Bless you and your Sailor.  Rich

Comment by Dustin on December 14, 2016 at 3:12pm

That's great, Chris! It's always a treat to hear from your SR while in boot camp. You can't help but wonder how they're doing 24/7. And you think you're proud now? Just wait until that door opens at Ceremonial Hall at PIR. It's everything you'll read here.

It's also refreshing to read a similar story. Mine was regular programming prodigy from elementary school on. When interviewing for an internship at a Cybersecurity firm while still in high school, it was revealed that the college route was 10 years behind the industry and his current knowledge. I too was a little shocked the day he came home and told us he was going to the Navy to become a CTN. But moments later realized he made a very wise decision, and I couldn't be more proud him. (And no massive college debt!)

Comment by Chris Tessitore on December 14, 2016 at 2:34pm

Phil, Thanks for the Post.  My son has had a love of foreign language and was inducted into the Latin Honor Society in 6th Grade and has learned several since then.  I always figured him for a student in some fancy College so when he mentioned the Military, I was shocked....But as an Army Vet, SO Proud.  Being prior "Combat Arms", I was quick to steer him away from the Army and towards the Navy--Haha.  Hopefully he will like it and succeed.  Congrats on your daughters successful career, sound like she is doing great.

Comment by Phil Shannon on December 14, 2016 at 2:10pm

When my daughter signed up we had a crash course on US Navy, nobody in our families had served. My dad was US Army, and my father in law was US Air Force. Luckily I had a couple of friends, including a career Navy guy that I knew from high school. They helped guide us through the "chose your rate choose your fate" decision. Career Navy guy said if his daughter were to sign up he'd steer her towards the CT* rates, which led us to pick CTT. He says these prepare you for great civilian jobs. Good luck to your son, CTI is a great career choice in my book! Right now she is CTT1 (Petty Officer 1st Class) and has had a great experience serving in the US Navy


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