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The linguist occupational field contains secondary MOS's used to identify specific foreign language skills. Marines with this MOS will serve across the entire Marine Corps, providing communication ability with the locals in assigned areas of operation. This MOS is open to Marines of all ranks. 

Qualifications require Marines attend a formal language school or designated language dialect course and obtain and maintain a minimum proficiency in two modalities (listening, reading, or speaking) on the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT).

The DLPT is the current Department of Defense standard to determine foreign language proficiency and maintain quality control.


Duties involve participation in activities requiring foreign language skills in support of the full range of military operations and intelligence matters encountered during contingencies, operations, and exercises.


Formal schooling is provided to those Marines entering this occupational field as a part of the comprehensive training program for designated billets. These MOSs will be assigned and voided by the Director of Intelligence only.

Languages are broken into three categories, or tiers, that correspond to special Language Pay that Marines can earn based on meeting the minimum required proficiency.



  1. Successfully complete the required course of instruction at the Defense Language Institute, Language Training Detachment, or designated government-funded language course and achieve minimum ILR proficiency as required in two modalities of listening, reading or speaking portions of the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT). (Note: By exception individuals may also qualify for this MOS by demonstrating proficiency in the appropriate language).

  2. Maintain minimum ILR level proficiency as required in two modalities of listening, reading, or speaking portions of the DLPT.


  1. Conducts interpretation and translation of foreign language to English and English to foreign language using phraseology selected to preserve the original intent, meaning, and emphasis 

  2. Phrases ideas to avoid language that is stilted, unnatural, or difficult to understand.

  3. Displays an impartial attitude toward each speaker as to facts and opinions expressed.

  4. Interprets into either English or foreign language statements made by participants in meetings, working parties, or similar non-technical activities.

  5. Interviews friendly non-English speaking civilians such as police, clergymen, and other Citizens to obtain information of military value.

  6. May be required to assist in the writing of reports, including opinion as to the credibility of the person interviewed, for use by unit commander and for dissemination to lower, adjacent, and higher headquarters.

  7. Translates into either English or the foreign language, written material of a non-technical nature.

  8. Establishes an archive file of language reference materials and lexical aids such as English to foreign language and foreign language to English dictionaries, cultural dictionaries, and glossaries of military terms.



  • 2712 Arabic (Mod Standard)

  • 2713 Arabic (Egyptian)

  • 2714 Arabic (Syrian)

  • 2715 Arabic (Levantine)

  • 2716 Amharic

  • 2717 Arabic (Maghrebi)

  • 2718 Hebrew

  • 2721 Kurdish

  • 2723 Somali

  • 2724 Swahili

  • 2726 Turkish

  • 2728 Arabic (Iraqi)

  • 2729 Algerian

  • 2733 Burmese

  • 2734 Cambodian

  • 2735 Cebuano

  • 2736 Chinese (Cantonese)

  • 2737 Chinese (Mandarin)

  • 2738 Indonesian

  • 2739 Japanese

  • 2740 Maguindanao

  • 2741 Korean

  • 2742 Laotian

  • 2743 Malay

  • 2744 Tagalog

  • 2745 Tausug

  • 2746 Thai

  • 2747 Vietnamese

  • 2748 Maranao

  • 2749 Yakan

  • 2754 Dutch

  • 2756 Finnish

  • 2757 French

  • 2758 German

  • 2759 Greek

  • 2761 Haitian-Creole

  • 2763 Italian

  • 2764 Norwegian

  • 2766 Portuguese (Brazilian)

  • 2767 Portuguese (European)

  • 2768 Spanish

  • 2769 Swedish

  • 2772 Afghan (Pashto)

  • 2773 Persian-Afghan (Dad)

  • 2774 Persian-Fare

  • 2775 Urdu

  • 2776 Albanian

  • 2777 Armenian

  • 2778 Bulgarian

  • 2779 Czech

  • 2780 Uzbek

  • 2781 Estonian

  • 2782 Georgian

  • 2783 Hungarian

  • 2784 Latvian

  • 2785 Azerbaijani

  • 2786 Lithuanian

  • 2787 Macedonian

  • 2788 Polish

  • 2789 Romanian

  • 2791 Russian

  • 2792 Serb-Croat

  • 2793 Slovenian

  • 2794 Ukrainian

  • 2795 Hindi

  • 2796 Bengali

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