The Army announced Wednesday plans to move 13 jobs and a training program for interpreters and translators of Middle Eastern languages from Fort Jackson to Arizona.
The school will be relocated at Fort Huachuca, where the Army trains troops specializing in military intelligence.
Seven military positions associated with the program will transfer, the Army said. In addition, six civilian positions assigned to the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center at Presidio of Monterey, Calif., also will be relocated.
The Army expects to have the move completed by the end of January.
The course, which was launched in August 2004 at Fort Jackson as a pilot program, trains soldiers to function as entry-level interpreters and translators for commanders.
Soldiers specialize in a number of Middle Eastern languages including Dari and Pashtu, which are spoken in Afghanistan.
Once they complete their training, the translator aides, bridging the language and culture gap with the local population.
Moving the course to Fort Huachuca should create conserve resources because similar jobs are taught at the Arizona post, the Army said.
- Chuck Crumbo