Rumour has it that come November (slipped from September) there shall be a whole raft of new awards for targetted languages ie Pashto. However, as you may or may not know, the required level of Linguist has been dropped dramatically in response by the powers that be. Figures bandied about were substantial 4 and even 5 figure sums, but now with the revised standards, you will be lucky to get 3 figures (again) and yet again, a chance to encourage a higher standard of linguist in the Armed Forces is passing us by. The Army especially since the inception of OPMI has had a dearth of quality linguists, with many skilled linguists leaving quicktime. There is also the idea of bringing back a separate Linguist trade to the Corps as it has been noticed (after 10 years or so) that Linguist manning in required languages has dropped to approx 20% and that FTRS linguists, while a decent stop gap, have also reached critical levels in supply and quality. We are over 100% manned in the fence checking trades but unsurprisingly, very few if any are volunteering for an 18 month language course where your promotion will be penalised and may never have a choice of postings ever again. Any comments pse?