Translator Opportunites in Int Corps

#2
Best read the stickies first before the usual old cynics on this forum start taking the urine but in short with your stated background and degree studies your arm should well and truly be bitten off by the Corps...provided as the cynics on the site will say - you can prove that you are capable of doing some basic research (i.e. read the sticky).
 
#3
Get hold of the Int Corps brochure (the larger version), theres "a day in the life" from a linguist who was in Iraq last year, that should give a better idea. Also speak to your Adj and get a visit to chicksands jacked up so you can have a chat with the linguists there.
 
#5
Gremlin0790 said:
I'm currently at Edinburgh uni studying Arabic and Politics and I'm in our uni's OTC. I am really interested in joining the Int Corps after if not during uni, I really enjoy the OTC and I think it will be a great job - obviously it's still quite far in the future. I was wondering what opportunities there are for translators for enlisted or officers? Can you get a chance to work alongside infantry in the field? I really want to use my Arabic and this seems one of the best options. Any help would be awesome.

-Cheers, Gremlin
- Awesome
+ 23 MI (V) Coy, Edinburgh
 
#6
DO NOT join the int corps as a Linguist. Real linguists join the ETS, and the int corps will mis-sell you a linguists role.
 
#9
Nickhere said:
DO NOT join the int corps as a Linguist. Real linguists join the ETS, and the int corps will mis-sell you a linguists role.
Thats if you don't get stuck in an AEC or some other pump role first. Also, it could take you ages to get in the ETS if you're not lucky enough to get in straight from RMAS. It'd be unlucky to end up as a Platoon cmdr in the Duke of Lancs for a few years before transferring. Join the Corps and be employed as an Arabic speaker.
 
#10
Nickhere said:
V30A said:
Lookup OP SAMSON, 2007DIN02-116. Language skills would be a distinct advantage.
Possibly not able to join Op Samson direct from the OTC, wouldn't you think?
Do you think you should really be discussing this here?

CPUNK, What think you?
 
#12
Nickhere said:
DO NOT join the int corps as a Linguist. Real linguists join the ETS, and the int corps will mis-sell you a linguists role.
I have just read some of your other posts and I am glad you are not an OPMI(L), but what I do object to is you coming on the Intelligence Corps' board and offering your advice; what do you know about the role of an Intelligence Corps Linguist, you fucking spunk guzzler?
 
#13
Gremlin0790 said:
I'm currently at Edinburgh uni studying Arabic and Politics and I'm in our uni's OTC. I am really interested in joining the Int Corps after if not during uni, I really enjoy the OTC and I think it will be a great job - obviously it's still quite far in the future. I was wondering what opportunities there are for translators for enlisted or officers? Can you get a chance to work alongside infantry in the field? I really want to use my Arabic and this seems one of the best options. Any help would be awesome.

-Cheers, Gremlin
See if you can also take persian, rumour has it it's the way forward for linguists... :roll:
 
#14
Actually, the better linguists I have encountered in the ETS are ex Int Corps. Many (not all) whom I have met who joined straight as ETS are, to be truthful, not impressive linguists at all. (before the incoming starts- ok, I am the first to acknowledge that there are some notable exceptions)
 
#15
Hi all,

I've passed the MLAT and have been offered a 15 month course in the UK, followed by a tour.

I'm currently REME, but am interested in languages - I speak German fluently already.

Can anyone tell me what the available options are? No RCMO available at the moment!

Many thanks.
 
#16
I would wager that what you've been offered is one of the DJC language courses on offer at DSL Beaconsfield at the moment.

The languages you'll be offered are Arabic, Pashto or Dari. As I understand it, you'll be able to express a preference, although that preference won't be guaranteed.

My advice mate; go for it, if you're interested in languages, it may well be the springboard to other opportunities. Besides, you'll get 15 months being paid by the Army to do something you sound really interested in.....bargain.

If you want any more details, I'm currently on a long language course at DSL myself so please feel free to PM me.
Best of luck whatever you decide.
 
#17
Couple of points:

G0790: In the Int Corps, linguist is an OR trade. Officers may use their language skills on a tour (the cap badge doesn't matter) but they'll be mainly doing pl comd and staff jobs. So if all you want to do is use the languages you've learnt at uni, become an Int Corps soldier. If you join the regular ETS, you will manage training courses in those languages (your knowledge of them is street cred: the teaching's done by natives). If you join the ETS TA, you'll be using your linguist skills as part of a package (for instance, escorting visiting Arab dignitaries to Farnborough or working in civil affairs).

Rockstar: Go for it. Your unit will put up a thousand objections but push for the course. Language training has the same status as going for selection to THEM and MCM Div will take the matter out of your CO's hands. Which language you get to do depends on other tests (MLAT's a starter for ten) and what the system needs (Bagster's given you a steer on this). Best of luck.
 
#18
troll_king said:
Language training has the same status as going for selection to THEM
:)

but you'll rarely see a walt propping up the bar in your local, bragging about how he was the third interpreter on the balcony of saddam's palace
 
#20
CRmeansCeilingReached said:
troll_king said:
Language training has the same status as going for selection to THEM
:)

but you'll rarely see a walt propping up the bar in your local, bragging about how he was the third interpreter on the balcony of saddam's palace
Hey.....that was me! :p
 

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