Today's Military:

International Relations, Linguistics and Other Social Sciences Careers


Some members of the Military must be able to read and understand the many languages of the world. Information from foreign language newspapers, magazines and radio broadcasts is important to the nation’s defense. International Relations, Linguistics and Other Social Sciences enlisted personnel convert written or spoken foreign languages into English or other languages. They usually specialize in a particular foreign language. These servicemembers must have a keen understanding of different cultures as well as languages since they may work in foreign countries dealing with the local population.

Possible Responsibilities

  • Translate written and spoken foreign language material to and from English
  • Conduct interviews with persons of interest from foreign nations
  • Record and translate foreign radio transmissions using communications equipment
  • Translate foreign documents, such as battle plans and personnel records
  • Translate materials describing foreign equipment and construction techniques
  • Install and operate equipment used to intercept foreign communications
  • Prepare written reports about the information obtained

Helpful Attributes

Useful fields of study include speech, communications and foreign languages. Helpful attributes include:

  • Interest in reading and writing
  • Interest in working with people
  • Talent for foreign languages

Training Provided

Job training consists of classroom instruction. Sample courses include:

  • Interrogation (Questioning) Methods
  • Use and Care of Communications Equipment
  • Procedures for Preparing Reports
International Relations, Linguistics and Other Social Sciences Careers.

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