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    Senior Member john's Avatar
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    Sep 2007

    Wanting to be a crypto linguist and fluent in Korean. WIll I be sent to DLI

    and learn a new language? Hi, I'm currently a high school student and want to become a cryptologic linguist in Air Force.
    I was born and lived in Korea for 15 years and it's been 2 years living in California. I just recently
    got my citizenship through my mother who is us citizen. I first didn't wanted to go DLI and spend
    6~18 months, but I found that DLI course gives me college credit. So now I want to go DLI. The

    problem is that I'm fluent in Korean so the Air Force might just make me skip DLI. Then, should I
    purposefully fail the language test or something?

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    Nov 2013
    First issue is that you might have a problem with your security clearance assuming you still have family in Korea and because you were raised there. That will be a hurdle in getting a linguist position.

    You can go to DLI for another language...that's usually not a problem. You do have to pass the Defense Language Aptitude Battery and that can be a problem for a non-native English speaker. Your English seems fine, but the test can be tricky.

    Don't fail the DLPT for Korean on don't have to take it at all for Korean.

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    Junior Member Mrsjvb's Avatar
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    Jun 2008
    prior fluency has no bearing. only your DLAB score determines whether you can be a linguists as well as what language you will be given.

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