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OPMI(L) or MIL LING

Sheepay

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Sheepay seems to convey that it's quite possible for an OPMI or somebody of another trade than OPMI(L) to go for the language course as a 'phase' in their carrer if they like but it isn't the case that linguists can venture out into the light-side. Is this accurate? Does being a linguist limit your scope/make life less flexible?

Changes have occurred.

My buddies currently employed in the OPMI(L) trade were originally told that they would be able to change tack into the dim side after a return of service as a linguist. Policy appears to have changed, and they are now tied in as linguists for good. No scope to do anything other than languages.

However, my ear to the ground also tells me that further changes are afoot, and that what is currently the OPMI(L) trade is set to expand and evolve in a number of ways. I don't have the ins and outs, but it is set to serve a much wider, more exciting purpose. You heard it here first, kids . . .





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However, my ear to the ground also tells me that further changes are afoot, and that what is currently the OPMI(L) trade is set to expand and evolve in a number of ways. I don't have the ins and outs, but it is set to not only serve a much wider, more exciting purpose. You heard it here first, kids . . .
I heard it from the bloke running with the project some time ago.
 

Sheepay

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I heard it from the bloke running with the project some time ago.

Ok, so I'm not actually the first with the breaking news. Throw me a bone, I like to feel important every once in a while!


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Is it common or even possible for somebody with Int Corps language training (LLC) to join the ETS after a return of service? I enjoy teaching, being that kid who got paid to tutor classmates by parents to get them good grades, so it seems like an interesting option for later on.

One further query is what the return of service is of a linguist per llc. It's probably worth knowing for the specialist interview.
Comms 95. I'm restricted to my phone as my laptop died. Once I get in front of a keyboard I'll post a full reply.
 
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Trying to destroy work laptops with dodgy material on it? That rings a bell!

Cheers. I appreciate it :)
You put one dongle of righteous porn in to a work laptop and it's 'court martial' this and 'court martial' that.

World gone mad etc.
 
Re Int vs ETS.

The ETS is an all officer Branch. As either a direct entrant, officer transferee or Late Entrant-from SNCO (what I did) you will need an Honours Degree. Language quals are a nice to have but will not get you selected on their own. Language opportunities in the ETS are, like for Int, driven by the Op requirement and are limited. Roles range from short course and Train the Trainer modules to teach deployment packages to longer courses (google Defence Cultural Support Unit).

If you want to be a linguist then go OPMI(L). If you want to be an officer then go to Sandhurst. I enjoyed my time with ETS, but I also enjoyed my time with the Corps-they were different jobs and I took different things from them. There is a long tradition of Int Corps LE officers in the Corps, all of the ones I knew were linguists as it happens and all had a good run making Major and in one case Lt Col.

Bear in mind that all personnel may apply for language training and subsequent deployment. Military linguists from outside the Int Corps have distinguished themselves on operations and have suffered as a result. I can think of one KIA and several wounded.

Hope this helps

DW
 
Is it common or even possible for somebody with Int Corps language training (LLC) to join the ETS after a return of service? I enjoy teaching, being that kid who got paid to tutor classmates by parents to get them good grades, so it seems like an interesting option for later on.

One further query is what the return of service is of a linguist per llc. It's probably worth knowing for the specialist interview.
Yes it is possible, if striving for mediocrity, see Devex!!
 
I'm afraid it's all terribly top secret and you won't find out til you have finished the course. Just joking, yes, you should find out beforehand.
 
FYI, our class was told what language we would be taking, only for this to change between Phase 1 and 2 (our original places were taken by some cross decking Phase 3s). Don't buy any textbooks!
 

Sheepay

War Hero
FYI, our class was told what language we would be taking, only for this to change between Phase 1 and 2 (our original places were taken by some cross decking Phase 3s). Don't buy any textbooks!

Not unusual for somebody to get bumped if theres a requirement/priority for somebody else to get on the course. It's also not unusual for real-time events to mean plans change rapidly, such as the Arab Spring meaning a Farsi course was very suddenly an Arabic course.

It's also not unusual for things to change entirely. A good friend of mine was 12 months into an 18 month Pashto course. One Friday morning they were told that the course had been scrapped, report back here at 0800 Monday sharp, for the first day of your 18 month Arabic course.

But don't worry, once it's all over you'll have the delights of that top notch military establishment in Lincolnshire to enjoy.
 

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