By Command Master Chief (IDW/SW) Jon R. Taylor
Command Master Chief, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet
If you enjoy the challenge of solving puzzles and breaking codes, the Navy has a game for you – and, if you are looking, maybe a job and a career.
Project Architeuthis is an online cryptology game, which began this week, runs for 18 days, and has puzzles for you to solve each day. The game comes courtesy of the Navy Recruiting Command and its advertising partner.
As our friends at NRC said, “[t]he challenge involves fictitious characters and social media profiles. The characters will interact with the Project Architeuthis Facebook Page through posts to add layers to the story and provide clues when participants are stuck on a puzzle.”
It is both fun and challenging; I encourage you to test your skills at https://www.facebook.com/projectarchiteuthis.
As a prior cryptologic technician collection master chief, the cryptologic technician rating has provided me with immensely gratifying work and the Navy has provided an amazing career over the past 28 years. CTs collect and analyze encrypted electronic communications, jam enemy radar signals, decipher information in foreign languages, maintain the state-of-the-art equipment and networks used to generate top secret intelligence, and defend and analyze networks.
The CT community is full of amazing people and leaders.
Take Cryptologic Technician Collection (IDW/SW) 1st Class Patricia H. Madigan. (Cryptologic Technician Collection or “TRs are experts in intercepting signals.) CTR1 Madigan and CTR1 (IDW/SW/AW) James R. Lee, Jr. were two of the five finalists for 2013 CNO Navy Shore Sailor of the Year this past month. Both are outstanding Sailors and leaders, and CTR1 Madigan was selected as 2013 CNO Shore SOY for the entire U.S. Navy. CTs are leading the way!
When you join the Navy and become a CT, not only will you be able to do a job you love while serving your country, you become part of a unique community – the Information Dominance Corps. This group of talented and bright individuals is setting the standard and paving the way as technology rapidly evolves. CTs and our IDC teammates are warfighters who serve across the Navy and on its many platforms – ships, submarines, planes – and on land as well as in cyberspace.
Want to learn more about CTs? Take a look here.