MONTEREY, Calif. (NNS) -- The latest group of cryptologic technicians (interpretive) (CTI) from Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Monterey graduated during a joint ceremony at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC), May 11.
The Navy's new linguists completed courses in Chinese (Mandarin), Modern Standard Arabic, Arabic (Egyptian), Arabic (Levantine), Korean and Russian. The CTIs, as part of the information warfare community, will go on to fulfill roles in the processing of foreign language information in support of national, strategic and tactical missions both at sea and ashore.
"You can see that in every corner of the world, we have an opportunity to engage, to partner, to bring peace, and when necessary, to fight our nation's wars," said Air Force Col. Keith M. Logeman, DLIFLC assistant commandant and guest speaker at the graduation, while pointing out that linguists make a difference by helping leaders make informed decisions.
Logeman stressed the important investment the nation makes in the institution's students, with more than 1,400 language instructors and professors from all over the world teaching 17 languages at DLIFLC and up to 65 languages through the DLI Washington, D.C. office.
With courses ranging from 36 to 64 weeks in length, DLIFLC serves as the CTI rating "A" school and is one of the Navy's longest. It is also considered by many to be one of the most difficult schools.
"The intensity, the duration, and the level of proficiency that you reach in this program is unlike anywhere in the world, so you should be proud of that," said Logeman.
Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Seaman Jessica Cerra, one of the Navy graduates, echoed his remarks.
"Since I was 15 years old, I've wanted to do something with languages," said Cerra. "There is no better place than DLI if you want to learn a language fast and be good at it. It was definitely the most stressful and hardest thing that I've done in my life, but it is a great time making friends across (military) branches."
Many of the graduates acknowledged how tough and demanding the experience was but worthwhile.
"I feel like the course made me love the language, and the Navy staff made me really excited to work with the CTI community," said Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Seaman Romario Anderson.
After completing their language program in residence, graduates of DLIFLC are also eligible to apply for the institution's accredited associate of arts degree. Attendance at DLIFLC earns CTIs 45 semester credits. The remaining 18 general education semester credits needed for the degree can be achieved through college credit; military transfer credit; advanced placement or international baccalaureate test scores; and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Test Program (DSST) exams. Three of the general education credits, for example, are automatically covered through naval service for the physical education requirement.
IWTC Monterey, as part of the Center for Information Warfare Training, provides a continuum of foreign language training to Navy personnel, which prepares them to conduct information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations.
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