2008: Mindful of the problems
encountered because of a lack of Arabic, Dari and Pushtun and Farsi (the latter
three languages spoken in Afghanistan) linguists after September 11, 2001, the
U.S. Department of Defense is working to expand the number of uniformed Chinese
speakers it has. Currently, there are
about 6,000 troops with some knowledge of Chinese, but only about 15 percent of
those are fluent. The plan is to offer incentives (like extra pay and better
chances of promotion) to increase Chinese language skills, as well as more
training material and instructors for those who want to learn Chinese, or
improve existing skills.
military can hire Chinese civilian linguists in an emergency, having uniformed linguists takes care of
security clearance problems, and assures you of having people who know military
terminology and practice.