Serving as a US Army Interpreter is a career that will give you a lot of different experiences. You will work at a number of locations around the world, and depending on the language that you are translating, you could be stationed at any location that the US Army has Servicemembers stationed. Rapid and accurate information and translated information is a vital and necessary resource, and if you speak a foreign language fluently then you may be heavily utilized as a US Army Translator. Individuals that are interested in this career path are required to sign up for an eight-year army commitment because the demand for accurate translation is so great.
The Life Of An Army Interpreter.
The Army Interpreter and Translator is responsible for translating and converting into written and spoken text various languages. It is a job specialty that is very interesting, as you will called upon to work with various types of people, and in various groups. You could be tasked to deal with Native language speakers in the field, accompanying troops and soldiers as they perform various missions, or you may work in a diplomatic field, where you interpret for members of the US State Department, or other diplomats. The defense of our nation depends on being able to communicate with persons from other countries, and having accurate information available from Radio, Television and printed foreign language sources. Depending on what language that you translate, you could be stationed anywhere the Army has a population of people that it needs to communicate with. Training depends if you are already proficient in one of the many foreign target languages.
Working in the Army as an Interpreter and Translator can take you to many different duty stations. Learning a target language or already being fluent is a huge advantage for this job career. The Army seeks Middle Eastern speaking individuals, as well as individuals that wish to learn to speak Farsi, Arabic, and other languages spoken by the people of the middle eastern region. It is also very important that we have trained people that can understand and read many of the worlds languages.
This have never been as important as it is right now in Afghanistan and Iraq. Training begins with boot camp for 9 weeks where you will learn all about the Army. If you speak a language fluently, then you will be pressed into service fairly quickly. If not, you will go to Defense Language School in San Francisco, California. There you will spend anywhere from 16 to 31 weeks training in your foreign target language.