Updated: Jan 2017

Specialty Summary

1N2X1 Signals Intelligence Duties: Acquires, processes, identifies, analyzes, and reports on electromagnetic emissions. Operates electronic equipment and computer systems to exploit signals intelligence production efforts.

Tech School

74-84 Days - Goodfellow AFB


Intelligence Studies and Technology

Duty Badge

Intelligence  Badge








Total: 1971

For Entry Into This Specialty


General: 72

Shredout C – General 72 OR General 67 and Cyber-test 60


40 lbs

  • No record or history of temporomandibular joint pain or disorder.
  • For award and retention of AFSC 1N2X1, when required for a current or future assignment, must successfully complete a polygraph test.
  • Specialty requires routine access to Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) material or similar environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Performs signals intelligence (SIGINT) activities and operations. Performs operator and analyst duties to exploit non-communication and communication intelligence production activities. Performs signals exploitation to support electronic warfare (EW) and Information Operations Technologies operations. Utilizes a wide range of complex analysis hardware and software to process signals, including receivers, demodulators, spectrum analyzers, and other associated computer equipment. Uses advanced computer software programs to manipulate and extract intelligence data from electromagnetic emissions. Operates computer terminals for data entry, query, data restructuring, and signals development. Interprets and renders preliminary analysis. Uses analytical aids and related reference material to help identify signals and detect abnormalities. Generates reports, incorporating analytical finds with intelligence information. Develops, manages, reviews, and evaluates intelligence production processes. Ensures signal exploitation activities are conducted in support of warfighter requirements and satisfies national and tactical tasked objectives. Supports intelligence agencies including the National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, Homeland Security, and the Central Intelligence Agency. Maintains databases of various signal types and activities using computer and hard copy products. Satisfies tasking managing resources for SIGINT activities. Notifies appropriate personnel and work centers of unusual activities or critical situations. May perform these duties aboard aircraft.

Collection and Processing. Collects, analyzes, and identifies communications/non-communication networks to identify various external signal parametrics and perform application of target identification for reporting vehicles updating national databases. Operates electronic search and related equipment. Search, monitor and exploit signal activity throughout the electromagnetic spectrum. Uses graphic and electronic analysis reproductions to determine internal characteristics of signals and to discern communications structures to extract intelligence and determine usage. Extracts electromagnetic emissions from real-time and recorded media, and performs technical and data analysis. Prepares and forwards media of selected transmissions. Plans, organizes, and directs signals exploitation activities.

Communication Signals Intelligence. Performs graphic and electronic analysis as related to various Communication Intelligence (COMINT) networks. Display, analyze, demodulate, demultiplex, identify, and report communication signals and their users found in the radio frequency spectrum.

Operational Electronic Intelligence. Assembles operational information on Electronic Intelligence (ELINT), Foreign Instrumentation Intelligence (FISINT), PROFORMA and EW networks. Collects, processes, analyzes and identifies operational data of electronic signals through collection and processing of non-communication signals; as related to radar, weapons, or platforms. Disseminates highly perishable information supporting COCOM/Theater/National Requirements. Uses advanced computer software programs to manipulate and extract intelligence data from electromagnetic emissions updating national databases. Annotates and forwards operational characteristics of selected transmissions or reportable information.

Technical Electronic Intelligence. Assembles technical information on ELINT, FISINT, PROFORMA and EW networks. Collects, processes, analyzes, and identifies technical measurable and descriptive characteristics of electronic signals through collection and processing of non-communication networks; as related to radar, weapons, or platforms. Evaluates records, operator logs, formats technical reports, and data from other activities and correlates the activity with other intelligence sources. Plans, organizes, and directs electromagnetic signals exploitation activities.

Specialty Qualifications

Knowledge. Knowledge is mandatory of: intelligence and cryptologic support operations provided to commanders, service cryptologic elements, and national agencies; joint service relationships and operational concepts; tasking strategies; communications networks, radio wave propagation; modulation theory and techniques; radio communications procedures; operation of electronic equipment; functions and operations of electronic equipment; reporting formats and procedures; basic computer operations; directives for handling, distributing, and protecting defense information; and electronic principles applicable to signals collection and analysis; missions and functions of COMINT, ELINT, FISINT, PROFORMA, IO, and EW related to SIGINT operations.

Education. For entry into this specialty, completion of high school with courses in electronics, physics, algebra, trigonometry, and computers is desirable.

Training. For award of AFSC 1N2X1A, completion of the Electronic Signals Intelligence course, XAAQR1N231A-0A1A is mandatory.

For award of AFSC 1N2X1C, completion of the Communication Signals Intelligence Course, XAAQR1N231C-0A1A is mandatory.

Experience. The following experience is mandatory for award of the AFSC indicated:

  • 1N251A. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1N231A.
  • 1N251C. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1N231C.
  • 1N271A. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1N251A.
  • 1N271C. Qualification in and possession of AFSC 1N251C.


1N2X1A - Electronic

1N2X1C - Communications

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