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Interpreters and Translators

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Work Environment

Interpreters and translators normally work on military bases, aboard ships, or in airplanes.

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  • Average Military Salary



Interpreters and translators are responsible for training military personnel in foreign language familiarization and foreign cultural awareness. They perform written translations and they identify, translate, and summarize communications. They utilize foreign language skills, including knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, to collect and analyze intelligence information.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Interpreters and translators in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Training length varies depending on specialty; longer training is necessary for specialties that do not require foreign language fluency prior to entry.

Helpful Attributes

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

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