At the risk of sounding precious and old fashioned, I rather think this thread is getting into levels of detail which might get uncomfortable. Could we leave it with a warm endorsement of Sheepay's excellent, informative and informed post and with the simple statement that "Int Corps linguists have a variety of interesting, operational and vital roles"?
Gosh, I am blushing!
As I stated in the initial post, the detail is often highly sensitive, and I for one am not willing to go into it, as I'm not 100% confident in where the boundaries might lie.
However . . .
Through reading this, am I right in thinking that SIGINT is not a mandatory part of a Linguist's career or training and SIGINT and HUMINT are the two trades that Linguists can specialise in BUT if one wants to produce intelligence, not only gather information, then SIGINT is the best option.
Are they options to you or are these roles that are forced upon you depending on your skill and capability?
Are SIGINT and HUMINT the only two trades available to OPMI(L)'s?
With combat operations in Afghanistan nearing to an end, what might a Linguist find himself/herself doing in 5 years time and where in the world?
As I stated in my last post, you are not considered a trade-trained OPMI(L) until you have undergone SIGINT TRAINING. Therefore, I would consider it to be mandatory.
The linguist trade CAN be as varied as you like, don't be put off by the thought of being pigeon-holed into a room with no windows. There are options available to do interesting things, and options available to do very mundane things, just like every other job. And just like every other job, sitting around moaning about your lot won't get you anywhere. Be proactive and see where it leads.