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Military Language Officers

Military Career

General Information


Language officers participate in and provide supervision in various language translation and interpretation activities related to military and intelligence operations. As part of their translation and interpretation duties, they use appropriate phrasing in their interpretation to successfully preserve the meaning and intention of the original language. They perform interviews with non-English speakers, prepare reports, and translate written material.

Work Environment

Language officers normally work on military bases, aboard ships, or in airplanes.

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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Language Officers in the Military


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Salary Information

Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location. Learn more about Military benefits.

$27,737 - $263,514

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Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Job training for language officers primarily consists of classroom instruction and on-the-job learning in various training environments. Language officers receive formal training in the development, sustainment, and enhancement of language skills, which often includes language immersion training. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development.

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