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  1. Leprechaun

    Leprechaun Member

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    Hi from al evel of one through 10 how helpful is it to be bilingual? I speak french and english and about to start learning Irish gaelic
     
  2. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

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    For increasing your chances of appointment?

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  3. goldfarb1

    goldfarb1 Candidate

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    If you were fluent in spanish I would say decently helpful. Not too many bordering countries speak french...

    But doesn't hurt at all.
     
  4. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    In terms of securing an appointment- I don't know. But the Army right now is on a big French kick- in fact they are paying ROTC Cadets an additional monthly stipend to study French or Arabic- primarily because a number of countries in Africa are French speaking. As far as Gaelic- unless you are applying to the Irish Military College in Curragh it's probably not gonna do you much good professionally- although being from Boston- it might get you a free drink or two around here:rolleyes:
    More than though- to have taught yourself - or to have put the effort into learning a second and third language is an indicator of some pretty impressive intellectual abilities and discipline , so whether or not they actually need that language I would certainly make sure that you list that as one of your accomplishments.
     
  5. Leprechaun

    Leprechaun Member

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    hey thanks for evreyone's input I know that this is u.s service academy forums but I was wondering about curragh can you apply ther for a universisty or is that psot-college because thqat is actually one of my back-ups (dual citizen)
     
  6. Leprechaun

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    sorry about the spelling I was rushing
     
  7. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    well- the Cadet School which is a school within the Irish Military College is 15 months long and is not a University. Some Cadets may be offered the opportunity to attend university but it's not a integrated part of the college. Wouldn't get my hopes up there- if you look at the web site
    http://www.military.ie/careers/officer/index.htm

    you will notice that it says under the link to the application form:
    The Irish Defense Forces are all of 8500 strong- - about 25% the size of the NYPD so a career in the Irish Army is not all that similar to one in the US Military. In short- I don't think that the Cadet School at Curragh is much of a backup. Good luck with whatever you are looking for though!:thumb:
     
  8. Emsa

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    Irish citizens can join the British Army, normally but not limited to the Irish Guards and Royal Irish Regiment...might be a better choice if you are looking for a back up military but of course Sandhurst is also post college...
     
  9. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I'm not sure how much it will help with an application to CGA, as I can't remember that info anywhere on the college info.

    I do know that some languages are of use in the U.S. Coast Guard. Spanish of course is a huge one. French is helpful for the cutters that hit Africa. There are a few other languages that will help a ship....Gaelic is not one of them.
     

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