Translators for the army, specifically for Arabic, Kurdish, Dari, Pashtu, and Farsi are being paid COLOSSAL amounts of money to continue working with the army. “…which would mean paying those linguists as much as $150,000 each to stay in the service.” It also mentions a 10 month immersion program for the language and culture, which they’re asking for volunteers for. They have more than 600 of these linguists, and they need more. They’re raising the recruitment number from 242 to 275 for next year.
$150,000. And that’s not counting their government salaries and pensions, as well. Holy shit. If I ever needed incentive to learn those languages, there it is.