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Interpreter/Translator - 09L

  • Active/Reserve:Both
  • Officer/Enlisted:Enlisted
  • Restrictions:None


The interpreter/translator is primarily responsible for interpreting and preparing translations between English and a foreign language.

Job Duties

  • Prepare nontechnical¬† translations into the target language and perform sight translations from a target language into English
  • Assist military contracting officers with local purchases
  • Provide interpretation support at military traffic control points and local media events
  • Requirements

    Proficient in one or more of the following target languages:

  • Pushtu/Pashto/Pachto
  • Pushtu-Afghan
  • Persian-Afghan (Dari)
  • Persian-Iranian (Farsi)
  • Arabic-Modern Standard
  • Arabic-Gulf-Iraqi
  • Arabic-Egyptian
  • Arabic-Levantine
  • Arabic-Libyan
  • Arabic-Moroccan
  • Arabic-Tunisian
  • Training

    Some interpreters/translators will require English language training prior to their nine weeks of Basic Combat Training. After completing Basic Combat Training, you'll attend Advanced Individual Training to learn the skills that are required to perform Interpreter support in the following areas:

  • Checkpoint Operations
  • Medical Support
  • Locally Employed Personnel Screening
  • Training HostNation Forces
  • VIP Escort
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Helpful Skills

  • Ability to listen, read and speak in English
  • Fluency in a foreign language(s)
  • Interest in other cultures

    The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is an examination that is administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command. It is used to determine qualification and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military.

  • No ASVAB
  • Compensation

  • In addition to all regular benefits, linguists are paid a Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus as an incentive to maintain and improve their language skills. Linguists are paid up to $400 for each language they demonstrate proficiency in and can receive up to $1,000 a month.
  • Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time.

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