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John Green

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My new CTN sailor. I'm so proud of my son. This has been (2) years in the making and he's finally in. My son (Jordan) has gone through many trying times to be cleared with his asthma (2 pulmonary functions tests, which he passed on both occasions) and his multiple letters from his ENT stating that his tubes that were removed from his ears over three years ago are fine and he has overcome his asthma. Then he was offered the Nuke program but was ineligible because he is color blind, he never gave up. He is going to be a CTN and signed up for (6) years and wants to make a career in the Navy.

Jordan ships out December 16th to boot camp for 8 weeks, 23 weeks for 'A' school, followed by 7 weeks for 'C' school. All 30 weeks in Pensacola, Fl. He will be an E-4 after his schooling is completed (9.5 months). Now I hope he'll still be able to make the 2016 reunion for his 21st birthday like we've planned.


The Cryptologic Technician - Networks branch offers a career in computer Networks. CTN's perform a variety of duties associated with computer network operations across global networks. About 600 men and women serve worldwide in the CTN rating. Advanced training in computer network operations, using state-of-the-art technology is readily available. Within a short period, today’s CTN quickly develops highly marketable computer network skills. A combination of technical and analytical computer network skills provides the situational awareness required to plan and execute informational operations (IO) actions/counter-actions. Initial training is located in Pensacola, Florida.

Duties performed by CTNs include:
Provide technical expertise in network-centric operations.
Detect, protect, react and respond to threats against Navy networks.
Defend against external and internal threats through in-depth technical and non-technical methods.
Computer Network Risk Mitigation.
Network Vulnerability Assessments and Incident Response/ Reconstruction.
Active computer network defense, access tool development and computer/network forensics.
Working Environment 

are assigned to computer networking system departments and divisions. They may be assigned to either day work or shift work in a large facility or one of the individual or two-person independent duty assignments at sea or ashore. Departments and divisions are usually divided into specialized mission area shops and are normally air-conditioned, well-lighted, and completely equipped.

A-School (Job School) Information
Corry Station, FL/Pensacola, FL - Around 6 months

Security Clearance Requirement: Top Secret (Single Scope Background Investigation Required)

Other Requirements
Must be a U.S. Citizen
Immediate family members must be U.S. Citizens
Moral turpitude offense(s) are generally disqualifying
Personal security screening interview required
Former members of the Peace Corps are not eligible
Candidates must be a high school graduate or equivalent (GED, CPT, home study or other equivalency). If not a diploma graduate, applicant must provide a high school transcript verifying successful completion of the 10th grade.

Due to the unique nature and specific skill sets required by sailors in the various CT communities, career paths are defined by INCONUS (inside the U.S.) and OUTCONUS (outside the U.S.) tours, instead of sea/shore rotations. Sailors can expect to serve on various tours outside the continental United States and/or overseas tours which count as sea duty, during their career. 

CTNs can expect a rotation of one INCONUS tour, followed by two OUTCONUS tour, ect., until they reach the rank of E-8. E-8s and E-9s can expect a rotation of one INCONUS four, foollowed by one OUTCONUS tour, ect., during their careers.


AZ1 Leo Shults, AIMD 1983

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I tested high enough for the nuke program and was disqualified due to color blindness too.  I also had a history of asthma, but no issues from 13 to 18 so I was cleared.

I spent 3 days looking for a rating that look interesting and didn't require color vision.  I settled on 2, Construction Mechanic and AZ.  There was an 18 month wait for the Mechanic A school, but only a 2 month wait for AZ, so that's what I took, AZ.  I was an E-4 coming out of A school - 5 months after enlistment.  Turns out, I was good a paperwork and it affected my whole life.

My boot camp commander was a CTR1.  A real hard ass.  A$$hole had a 1969 (or was it a 1970?) BOSS 429 Mustang.  Cool car.
Steve Stanfill

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Awesome!!  Congratulations, Dad.  I know you are proud!
Keith Brownmiller

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Congrats, John. The Navy tradition continues. I would hope that just once he could experience the true power of the Gator Navy we all are so proud of.
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congrats !!  thats awsome !
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