As a linguist in the active Army or Army Reserve, you will be deployed to duty stations around the world, where you will translate highly classified documents and information for military troops and allied forces. Depending on your area of expertise, you’ll be assigned to either a strategic or tactical position. Strategic linguists tend to work from an office, while tactical linguists work more from the field.
To be a linguist, however, you don’t have to already be fluent in a language. The Army can teach you. If you have an aptitude to learn, meet the qualifying standards and are a U.S. citizen, you can become a linguist in the U.S. Army.