Military Linguist: Understanding the Threat

Date: 11 March 2016 Time: 10.00 am-12:00 pm

Venue: Cavendish Colloquium in Faraday Building


WO2 David Thomas, Intelligence Corps Selection Warrant Officer

Capt Christopher Browne ETS (Pool of Linguists)

Sgt Scott Huntley, the Corps Selection Sgt



We are pleased to announce that the Army’s Intelligence Corps and Educational and Training Services (ETS) Branch will be joining us on campus to discuss their experiences of being linguists. The roles of linguists in the military are varied, ranging from interpreting and offering cultural insights and explanations, through to analysing intercepted communications and combating the cyber threat.

The Army employs people as linguists who have never studied languages before, providing they pass a language aptitude test and the selection process. There are two routes in: the Intelligence Corps, and the Educational and Training Services (ETS) Branch. Our speakers will discuss both full time career options, and the opportunities for part-time employment in the Army Reserve, particularly in the ETS. They will also remain for approximately an hour after the talk itself for one-to-one questions, during which time they will be happy to discuss the opportunities available to work in the Intelligence Corps for non-linguists.

In short, this talk will particularly appeal to linguists broadly defined (students of forensic linguists, modern languages, EFL/TEFL/TESOL, etc.) but it is likely also to be of interest to anyone who speaks another language besides English fluently, and/or has an interest in language, global peacekeeping, travel, and understanding other cultures.


1000-1100 (talk), 1100-1200 (one-to-one Q&A session), Friday 11th March, Cavendish Colloquium in Faraday Building. (Go through Faraday’s main doors. At the top of the stairs, take a sharp left and go up to the next floor.)

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Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Claire Hardaker (Linguistics and English Language)

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Crime, Law and Justice, Centre for Language in Social Life, CILHR Centre for International Law and Human Rights, Clinical Psychology, Clinical Psychology Researchers, Cognitive Linguistics, Communication Systems, Computing and Communications, Crime and Criminal Justice, Criminology, Culture, Theory, Context, European Languages and Cultures, Law, Linguistics and English Language, Media and Cultural Studies, Philosophy of Mind and Psychology, Politics and International Relations, Politics, Philosophy and Religion PPR, Psychology, Research Group on Bilingualism, Research Group on Europe and Globalisation, Second Language Acquisition Group (SLARG), Second Language Learning and Teaching Research Group (SLLAT), Security Lancaster, Social Work, Sociology, The Corpus Research Group, The Language Teaching Expertise Research Group (LATEX), University Centre for Computer Corpus Research on Language (UCREL), Young people, crime and criminal justice