I suspect this will be my one and only post because I do not wish to get into trouble with any seniors if I identify myself. No OPSEC will be compromised in this comment. The Armed Forces in general are producing linguists for various jobs which I will not go into. The problem is that the MOD does not understand the job that they are making people do. Linguists are going through language courses and despite their competence (or lack of) they are being put into jobs that can decide life or death. It is now impossible to fail a language course, they are so desperate for people that they will accept people who are simply not up to the job. It costs so much to put someone on a language course that the brass would rather take incompetent linguists who will put peoples lives at risk, rather than properly check that linguists are able to do their jobs properly. What the MOD does not understand is that it takes a minimum of six months for a linguist to become operational and able to work alone, and that is after the successful completion of a language course. People are being posted into jobs that they are not qualified for and are also being posted into jobs where they can cost peoples lives through not fault of their own but because they have not received the correct training after the completion of a language course. It's an absolute joke that the lives of troops are wrongfully put into the hands of people who will make simple mistakes every single day due to a lack of training and a lack of understanding by those in power of exactly what it takes to be an operational linguist. In order to fill vacant linguist jobs, the MOD has lowered the standard by which these linguists are examined, not that it matters anyway because anyone who has done the course is qualified according to the MOD, whether they were awful of not. The MOD wants more and more people with exotic languages, what it does not care about is what those linguists are actually doing. If your life is on the line, what do you want? Quantity? or Quality?