And it's just like you've imagined it. The Washington Post did a thrilling story on the whole thing, and it's pretty intense and secret if you ask me.
First, you get a secret request:
Leonard Reinsfelder a high-school Spanish teacher with multiple graduate degrees, was given a note by his wife. She had found found the note on her car while out shopping.
The note said: “Have your husband give us a call. We think we could use him.” Then a phone number.
Thus began his career at the National Cryptologic School.
Second, you get trained in all things cryptic:
National Cryptologic School legendary cryptologists teach classes in science, technology, engineering and math skills.
They learned how to hack drones, languages like Arabic, Mandarin, Korean, and well, the rest is sort've unknown.
Third, they live a life of uniformity:
The headquarters in Maryland, in an old warehouse converted into an academic building. It's uniform, they wear uniforms, and the students are unknown.