Available languages in OPMI (L) career path

Discussion in 'Int Corps' started by SchoolDisco, Feb 23, 2013.

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  1. Hello, I'd like some advice from people in the know.

    I'm looking to transfer into the Int Corps and I'm interested in the linguist specialisation. Can someone tell me HONESTLY what languages are available to learn. The glossy brochures state, whilst middle eastern languages are focused on, a variety of languages are available.

    As I am looking forward to the future I am interested in learning maybe French, considering the escalation in tensions throughout Africa, or Portuguese considering the rise of South American countries.

    What's the likelihood of these being on offer?

    Many thanks.

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  2. At the risk of being seen cynical, there are a number of threads on this that cover what you want to know and analysis is a key part of OPMI(L). That said, your first language would be one of the 'core' languages and you don't need to be a rocket scientist (or even an OPMI(L)) to figure out what those are. The non-core languages may be available to you later on or if a specific job comes up for which you are selected but concentrate on getting in first. As you go through the transfer process the various options will be explained to you, though be prepared to start the course in your current cap badge and to be accepted once you have proved your ability in the language classroom.
  3. For (current) non operational languages have a punt at picking one up on your own. French learning resources are well refined and you should be able to find one to suit your learning style. Once you have even a basic-intermediate grasp of French you would be surprised how easy the basic level mil tests are (and you can sit any of the exams if you convince them that you may pass). In light of more collaboration between France and UK forces, and the increased interest in Africa French is not a bad thing to have a crack at. If they do open it up for formal training then you have the advantage.
  4. Brotherton Lad

    Brotherton Lad LE Reviewer

    All languages are available to learn. To get ahead of the game, you'll need to know where the Army is going to be deployed in the coming years and operating with which other nations.

    MENA looks the place at the moment, so Arabic in its various forms, French, Spanish or even Turkish, Farsi and Hebrew are all runners. But don't be surprised if there's suddenly a trawl for Finnish, Greek or Albanian (PS these were just picked at random).
  5. Don't confuse the wider defence requirement with the Corps requirement which is specific to OPMI(L). That has been clearly (can't comment on accurately or not) identified throughout and the requested training delivered. The delivery authority will only act on the Statement of Training Requirements it receives fro customers (including the Corps' customers who use the talent generated). I agree that the response to contingency can be somewhat glacial at times, though
  7. Well they way this county is going English will be a 2nd language in 30 years time, so stick to learning this well!!
  8. You may get to express a preference and it may or may not make a difference to which language you are offered. Don't say you are not interested in any language in particular, but by all means use your experience to inform you preferences, ultimately the Corps will reserve the right to say what language you learn.
  9. Thanks for the info
  10. I want to join the British Army and learn how to shoot a rifle, but have no interest in the L85A2. Can't I learn to shoot an H&K G36 instead? :wink:

    Defence decides* what languages are needed. Whilst there is undoubtedly scope to influence your future once you're more established / experienced / respected, you're going to be rather more directed by the needs of the Service - especially at first.

    *sometimes rather slowly
  11. Genuine question - is the MLAT sophisticated enough to indicate what language (or family or languages) someone would be best suited to learning? Is there even a difference in learning different languages, technically? A question, no agenda or such like!
  12. I doubt there is a test to indicate with such sophistication.

    In one test can you differ between say, Indo-European, Semetic or Chinese language basis?

    Not really, I suggest. So the MLAT is just a good yardstick of potential in the general it seems to me.

    And there is a difference between learning languages, surely, or we wouldn't have some categorised as hard languages by both defence and civil service.

    (To be fair, I am not a psychologist or a author of such tests. Merely an amateur cunning linguist who has had the pleasure of sitting the test).
  13. Mate, I've got no idea, hence the question!
  14. My feeling was always that it was a rather effective test of an individual's basic "language-learning" skills e.g. remembering vocabulary, identifying verbs, nouns, adjectives in unknown languages etc.

    I'm no expert, but it seemed to be more about the testee demonstrating relevant skills, rather than discerning a potential talent for a particular language set. Whilst I can see the potential for differentiation in testing, it would have to be far more in-depth. But even in my very limited experience, I noticed that learning French & German was very different from Swahili and Malay; therefore it must be possible (if not necessarily cost-effective) to differentiate in testing.