Language training

Discussion in 'Join the Army - Regular Officer Recruiting' started by Occams Chainsaw, Dec 22, 2012.

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  1. Hey guys,

    this may be/probably is naive but I'm curious anyhow!

    I am looking to enlist as an officer in a few years -- after I finish a degree -- and so I was looking at the training as an officer in the uk army and how it compared to other military systems (to make sure I was getting a good military education). One thing I noticed about the US system in particular is that they emphasis learning foreign languages. Is this sort of training available for officers in the British Army?
  2. If you wish to learn a language do so, do it to improve yourself.
  3. There is no emphasis on learning a foreign language to any significant degree. There is, however, opportunity to do a long-language course (several languages available) if you have the aptitude for it. This will typically be 18 months learning the language, then 6 month deployment (I think, I'm not a linguist).
  4. I am learning languages. I have studied French, Spanish and German from GCSE through to A Level and will probably study them at degree level. I was just wondering if there was opportunity learn a language or two in the British Army.
  5. Thanks. It's a shame as (especially with special ops where human intelligence could be important) a language can be very useful.
    I want to join the infantry so long language course probably wont be available to me. I was under the impression that was only an option for the intelligence corps. I hope I am wrong as I would love to do it!
  6. There are very limited opportunities to work in NATO HQs where European languages help, but the main focus for languages at the minute is a little bit further south and east of Europe.
  7. You can apply no matter your cap badge. Any specialist roles where a foreign language is an advantage will have interpreters attached, be they military or civilian.

    Concentrate on getting in first, then a lot more information will be available to you.
  8. Of course, Pashto, Darsi and Arabic will be the main focus for now. However, I'm sure that European languages will still be valuable. Also, Russian might be one that we want to start training people in soon, in the next 10 years I think we might need it!

    Oh, that's interesting. Thanks for your help.

    Yep, there's a long time until I have to start worrying about all that but I can't help but be curious about possible opportunities! :)
  9. <shrug>

    If you want to be a linguist, be a linguist. If you want to lead and command soldiers, including, possibly, linguists, try to become an officer. In the British Army, officers aren't necessarily specialists to the same extent that they are in other Armies, we keep a lot of specialist expertise in the non-commissioned and late entry ranks. That said, there are roles where an officer might find occasional employment using a language, but it won't be a primary focus.
  10. Wah shield up!
    Really? Honestly? You thought cutting and pasting part of the OP's original, cannot be bothered to use the search function question was a good idea?
    Wah shield down!

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  13. Even the short Pashtun course is an asset to anyone in theatre. Pl comds engaging with ln's would benefit from this skill massively, however its probably impossible for them to find the time to fit in the course whilst leading their platoon throughout mst.
  14. Learning any foreign language is about more than just learning the language. You are also learning about the culture and a side effect is to reflect on your own culture. Having done so, when you visit a third country you might be more open minded and less inclined to become involved in some of our recent fubars, be that personal soldier to the head shed.

    Therefore, I would have thought that inter-cultural communication skills as well languages should start to be on the agenda of our new model armed forces.