As the Army continues to operate in the Middle East, the need for effective communication with governments and citizens continues to be a vital part of the mission. If you are fluent in a Middle East language such as Arabic, Pushtu, Kurdish or Persian, you could fill an important role in the U.S. Army.
Working as a Army Translator and Interpreter
The Army needs people who are able to speak, translate and interpret languages as well as understand local cultural values. Army translator and interpreters assist in cultural awareness and familiarization training, translate documents and interpret conversations. These duties may be done while assisting at check points, assisting officers with purchases or working with the Public Affairs Office on media events or other tasks.
Army translators are trained to be proficient in specific languages including English. If you need help becoming proficient in English, the Army might enroll you in English language training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. After you gain English proficiency, you can begin the ten week course of Basic Combat Training (BCT). Often referred to as, “Boot Camp,” BCT is designed to discipline your mind and body and transform you into a soldier. After BCT, you will got to Advanced Individual Training (AIT), where you will learn the specifics of translating including, screening of local employees, training host nation forces, escorting VIPs, negotiating contracts, checkpoint operations, supporting medical operations and more. Some skills that can help you become a U.S. Army interpreter and translator include a interest in working with people, reading and writing, a talent with foreign languages and mastery of English.
Translating Army Skills into Civilian Jobs
In addition to paid training, and serving as an U.S. Army soldier, you will be mastering skills that are becoming more valuable as more companies globalize. Army interpreter and translator training can qualify you for work in universities, with corporations, governments or as private service provider running your own business. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, interpreter and translator careers should increase 22 percent through the 2018 decade, which is a much faster increase than most occupations.