Discussion in 'Int Corps' started by Harry!, Apr 23, 2011.

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  1. Heya,

    The names Harry and I'd like to join the Intelligence Corp as a Linguistics specialist. I have heard it is extremely hard, but that will not put me off. Out of curiosity, what languages would I be taught when in this role ? I presume Arabic and perhaps Pashto - Dari, but I have no idea. Could anyone please enlighten me on what opportunities and how many languages I could learn in this role ?

    Thanks for your time
  2. It isn't that hard, actually, speaking as one who can swear in 6 languages and who has had diarrhoea in about 20 languages. But initially it can be bloody boring. As for which languages you will need to become cognisant of I cant say, depends on the needs of the moment. Whatever language is spoken in Libya seems a good choice at the moment, although the moment you become proficient in standard Arabic, Awjilah, Domari, Ghadamès, Libyan Sign Language, Nafusi, Sawknah and Tamahaq, Tahaggart, they will send you to Wales. Good luck!
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  3. Think ahead. Learn Chinese.
  4. Heh. Or Swahili, Shona or nDebele.... (one can hope, right?)
  5. :grin: ! I'm force-learning both French and Spanish. I knew that 'O' Level would come in handy sometime.

    (After all, if you know the lingo of some ghastly hellhole stuffed with beardy bastards skilled at putting holes in you, you're destined to end up there, trying to persuade them to grow flowers and read the Guardian, whereas our European cousins are good at making claret and cava, and I have a head start on where that trip goes. Ole!)
  6. Proving my foresight, I've found that Danish, German, Russian and the like have kept me in nice 5-star hotels with few, if any, firefights (except those brought on through going on the piss in Moscow accompanied by a certain short, moustachioed, Scottish ex-Lt Col of the Corps). Even my excursions to West Africa, the dar al Islam and the Lands of the Heathen Chinee have been exceptionally comfortable - which is all good, as I'm a cowardly pouff.
  7. I had a discussion on the language of 'Luurve' the other night, but she couldn't manage the glottal stop and had to aspirate. Very disappointing to a Bwana Mkubwa like me.

    I think we're possibly putting the potential Corps recruit off with all this guff. Though why he wants to transfer from the RHG/D right now is a trifle baffling.
  8. Y'know, if I were a Picadilly Cowboy at this special time, I'd not want to be parted from my jackboots and all that horse furniture, whatever the incentive. I note that the CO of the HCMR, who must ride an easy sixteen stone, will be on top of Falkland (17.2 in his best buff stocking feet) on Friday next. That's a ******* Shire Horse.

    Apropos languages, I gather that the current flavours on offer are Dari, Pashto and Farsi. I imagine there's still a residual Arabic capability maintained and I'd *hope* that someone's keeping up on some of the more obscure ones as well.

    I feel your pain incidentally. Mrs Glad is of the Hebrew persuasion, so she finds glottal stops very easy, but is somewhat uncontrollable at this time of year, given her habit of cornering Christians and explaining, with a menacing smile and a certain glint in her eye, what happened last time the Chosen Folk got really cross with one of the Nazarene faith. Accordingly, I am not expecting her to be amenable to talk of physical love until the day after Failed Jewish Carpenter Magic Trick Monday.
  9. Gladys please check PMs
  10. Just speaking from a general point of view, if you learned Arabic, Persian and Turkish (piss easy, right?) you could theoretically communicate with people from West Africa all the way to the borders of China. Shit holes, mind, but considering it includes a substantial number of 'countries of interest', not to mention a lot that have internal problems between secularists vs. Islamists, you would become a very valuable asset. Other than that, Portuguese, Hindi and Chinese will be very useful in the near future.

    Pashto is very useful now, but depedning on how long we are going to be in Afghanistan Dari may be more handy, as you can quickly pick up Farsi and Tajik.

    Is there a now an established linguist trade in the Int Corps now? Or is it still a side path in the career? Is there anyone who I can PM regarding this?
  11. Yes, there is. The MIL LING trade (as opposed to OPMI(L)) has now been established. MIL LING's pass out of P1 and immediately begin a LLC. So far all MIL LINGS have been placed on Farsi or Pashto courses at Chicksands, and for the most part are coping admirably.

    Read Fraser's post below. Obviously duff info is being spewed this end!
    Fraser, any chance you could explain the difference/timings between the OPMI(L) and the MIL LING CEG? The others green bods on my course have definitely been briefed by the CoC that they are not OPMI(L). They didn't trade as OPMI(L). They weren't offered a place in the INT CORPS as an OPMI(L) and are all rather proud to be the very first MIL LING course. Should I break their little hearts?

    As far as I'm aware Dari is run as a conversion course from a Farsi base.
  12. Unless things have changed over Easter, it will be the 'OPMI(L)' CEG, not the 'MIL' CEG.
  13. Somali will keep a chap employed for life...
  14. I'm fluent in rubbish any help?
  15. Worked fine for me for 15 years in the Corps!