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IWTC Monterey Detachment brings back School for Navy Cryptologic Language Analysts

The Center for Information Warfare Training trains more than 22,000 students each year throughout the United States and Japan.
Credit: Goodfellow Air Force Base

SAN ANGELO, Texas — On April 1, the Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Monterey Detachment Goodfellow officially brought back its “A3” school for cryptologic technician (interpretive) or CTI, students. It rejoined the consolidated Apprentice Cryptologic Language Analyst (ACLA) courses following 15 years of separate Navy-managed training programs via language centers of excellence.

According to the release, Arabic, Chinese Mandarin, Korean, Persian Farsi, Russian, and Spanish consolidated ACLA courses at Goodfellow, managed by Air Education Training Command 17th Training Group, 316th Training Wing, have served as the critical second step for mission-essential training to language analysts of all four Department of Defense services.

Between 2005 and 2020, Navy cryptologic language analysts receive initial mission training through Apprentice Cryptologic Language Program (ACLP) instruction at the first duty station, immediately following language ascension “A” school at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center.

At the time, the change to ACLP was a means to bring updated training and resources to Sailors while they were close to operations and as a more cost-effective method by eliminating the interim stop at Goodfellow Air Force Base, the release said.

Cryptologic language analyst missions, skillset demands and joint service interoperability have changed since then.  Stakeholders at the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT), Navy Information Operations and Office of the Chief of Naval Operations reviewed the effectiveness of ACLP and decided to reverse course.

“The training available now in the joint environment is more akin to what our Sailors will see in the fleet, so providing that environment starting with [ACLA] training is a better option. It allows us to leverage increased manning, resources and experiences of all our service partners,” IWTC Monterey Detachment Goodfellow senior enlisted leader and former ACLA instructor, Master Chief Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Micah Epley, explained. 

“Also, because the ACLP courses were only located at the four centers of excellence, it prohibited first-term Sailors from being stationed at other sites.”

Previous experiences with ACLP echo the sentiment among Nay instructors new to the base.

As ACLA takes the lead, ALCP iterations are tapering off and all courses at the centers of excellence will officially end at the end of 2021, the release said.

Navy staff at Goodfellow Air Force Base gradually grew in 2020 and now has 15 instructors with more to join.

Leadership and joint service ACLA staff have welcomed the Navy population. Navy instructors bring notable skill and ingenuity to the ACLA schoolhouse, contributing to curriculum updates from diverse mission experiences and the first groups of Navy students.

Additionally, the Navy Detachment continues to work through logistical challenges for its growing and changing Sailor needs, from expansion and refinement of admission processes to future barracks projects.

IWTC Monterey Detachment Goodfellow is aligned under IWTC Monterey. It provides a continuum of foreign language training to Navy personnel and prepares them to conduct information warfare across all military operations.

The CIWT has four schoolhouse commands, a detachment and training sites throughout the United States and Japan. It trains more than 22,000 students every year and delivers trained warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services.

CIWT also offers more than 200 courses to cryptologic technicians, intelligence specialists, information systems technicians, electronics technicians, and officers in the information warfare community.

For more information about the Center for Information Warfare Training domain, visit public.navy.mil/netc/centers/ciwt or its social media pages.