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.
The languages/dialects needed are:
- Arabic-Modern Standard
- Kurmanji Kurdish
- Sorani Kurdish
- Dari Persian
- Iranian Persian
- English French
Currently, Army is just recruiting 09L who can speak Pashto, Dari & Persian languages, due to the end of operations in Iraq the Army has stopped recruiting Arabic speaking 09L.