700 Reasons: Reason #217

Reason: 217
Language students (of Arabic) are being encouraged to put their degrees on hold to join the British Army as interpreters in Iraq. Acutely short of interpreters, the army has begun a recruitment drive in universities. A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said "there are a very small number of military personnel with language skills, so there's a need for specialist speakers"
Curtis, P. (2004) 'Language students to help army in Iraq' (Education Guardian, Wednesday, February 18, 2004, http://education.guardian.co.uk/students/news/story/0,1
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Employability, HE (Higher Education sector), International relations, Language for specific purposes, National security, Translating