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09L (pronounced "Zero-Nine Lima") is a Military Occupational Specialty in the United States army involving translators/interpreters.



09L began in Feb 2003 as a pilot program for recruiting Arabic, Dari Persian, and Pashto speakers. It became an official Military Occupational Specialty in March 2006.

Current demand

The languages/dialects needed are:

  • Pushtu/Pashto/Pachto
  • Pushtu-Afghan
  • Persian-Afghan (Dari)
  • Persian-Iranian (Farsi)
  • Arabic-Modern Standard
  • Arabic-Gulf-Iraqi
  • Arabic-Egyptian
  • Arabic-Levantine
  • Arabic-Libyan
  • Arabic-Moroccan
  • Arabic-Tunisian
  • References

    09L Wikipedia