Apparently the Pentagon plans to hold war games in German Bavaria in late March and early April for troops on their way to Iraq. So it is looking for a few Arabic-speaking actors to take part in the training. Their job: to play C.O.B. -- civilians on the battlefield in U.S. military-speak -- in simulated urban warfare, speaking only Arabic and meeting the invaders with suspicion and incomprehension.
According to Der Spiegel, the casting service they've employed is having a hard time.
The actors are asked to work for three weeks for $117/day, with some exercises running 24 hours straight. This was a tough sell the day Spiegel infiltrated the casting call; only four of twenty-nine prospects signed up for further security screening for the job.
I guess we should be glad they weren't advertising for Farsi speakers ... yet.