I shouldn’t have read the comments. What a bunch of assholes who don’t know what they are talking about. The military is not going to pay anyone good money to translate Japanese. You only get good money if you translate Middle Eastern languages. And even then, you have to be damn good at it. My Egyptian friend applied to be a translator with the FBI, and he didn’t get the job because his proficiency in both English AND his NATIVE language was not considered high enough. There are not hurting for translators as much as people imagine. And again, that’s with languages they actually think they need.
But you don’t need me to tell you something you probably already know. I myself went on strike at University of Michigan as a graduate student in the mid-1990s because they were going to take away our health insurance. The strike was successful. At the time, my salary came out to $15,000 a year, and I was raising my younger and brother sister. So I completely understand how hard it is to live on graduate student income. All that remains to be done is to take out loans to supplement your income, and this can get very expensive.
I know your earning potential post-graduate school is not so great in terms of paying off high loans. It is hard to get professorships in language departments nowadays. This imagined jobs translating Japanese would be amusing if it weren’t your life people were snidely dismissing. You have my empathy and support in your struggle.
Yale University is named for Elihu Yale. He is my 1st Cousin, 11 times removed. I am saying as an ancestor of the Yale family, I am disgusted by the university’s actions delaying until Trump puts an anti-labor person in charge of Labor Relations.
Update: Since my veteran brother has a brother-in-law who is a military recruiter, I asked him.
I posed the question. He got back to me