The linguist OccFld includes all the Marine Corps MOSs related to identifying and understanding specific foreign languages.
Qualifications require that US Marines obtain and maintain a minimum Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) skill proficiency level of 2 in at least two out of the three tested areas (listening, reading, and speaking). The DLPT is the current Department of Defense standard to determine foreign language proficiency and maintain quality control in this field.
Duties for US Marines in linguistics may involve direct supervision and participation in language translation/interpretation activities in support of the full range of military operational and intelligence matters encountered during contingencies, operations, and exercises .
Formal schooling is provided to those Marines entering this OccFld as a part of the comprehensive training program for designated MOSs within the 02XX (Intelligence), and 267X (Signals Intelligence), OccFlds . However, required foreign language skills may be obtained through any combination of formal or informal training.