In the modern US Military there are a large number job priorities, but one of the ones that rates consistently near the top of the list is the job of Language translation. The Army Language and translator training program feature a number of jobs that you may be able to qualify for. If you are a native speaker of a language other than English, then you are already largely trained to become a translator for the United States Military. The US Army will take you and evaluate the level that you are at with your language skills. If you are deemed proficient in a language other than English then you may be able to start as a proficient translator right away.
If you have significant skills but are not proficient, then you will be required to attend a number of weeks of training in your chosen language. The amount of time you will spend in training will be directly related to the level of language proficiency that you have. You are given an opportunity to show what you are able to do, and if you need some additional work to qualify then you are given more assistance One of the most difficult languages to study is Arabic, and with the war in Afghanistan and in Iraq that is the language next to Persian that is sought most by the Military. The facility that provides additional training and also evaluates if a person is able to meet the military standard as a translator is the Defense Language Institute in California.
The Defense Language Institute is a conversational school, it teaches students by immersion they learn and converse in the language at all times while at the school. Hours are long and instruction is intense but the school has a high rate of success in their graduates. Arabic is not the only language taught there, but it is considered the hardest, it is a category six language.
The nice thing about studying Arabic is that if you can master it, then you will be sitting nearly on top of the world. You can come close to writing your own ticket, the amount of choices and the high demand for your skills will amaze you. It takes an extremely top student to study Arabic, it is literally nearly a year and a quarter program, the Arabic program takes 63 weeks to complete, and many students drop out it is so intense.
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There are easier, more elemental languages that are taught there. Students study intensely, and because they set high standards, one in three who study the category six languages wash out, and do not make it. Because of this about thirty percent are dis- enrolled and return to other duty stations held previously in the Navy by the applicant.