Suicide among active duty military members and veterans has increased in the wake of the two international conflicts, surpassing those of the general population for the first time since Vietnam.

Emojis are universal, right?  These simple symbols would appear to be straight forward enough in their meaning to transcend culture. However...

The Defense Language and National Security Educational Office is pleased to announce the CultureReady Basics Tutorial, an educational tutorial which can help participants learn the basics of culture general knowledge.

Recently, a Swedish Tourism agency created a single phone line that connects international callers to randomly selected Swedish volunteers to chat about whatever is on their minds.

“In Ireland, you go to someone's house, and she asks you if you want a cup of tea. You say no, thank you, you're really just fine. She asks if you're sure. You say of course you're sure, really, you don't need a thing.

Get Ready

What are the basic behaviors needed to engage in every culture
Doing important work alongside other cultures requires a lot more than just knowledge of the region.  Find out how to become cultureReady with these 12 essential building blocks.

Go deeper. Discover resources to prepare for your work with another culture
If you are familiar with the basics of every culture and are eager to learn more, we have some great resources for you to dig deeper.

Get connected to others
If you are cultureReady, check out these great opportunities to work, deploy, research and participate in a world-wide community of like minded people.


Did you know that each of the military services has its own Culture Center?
Find out more about the service culture centers and how they prepare the US Military for work alongside other cultures. 

Did you know that the Department of Defense hires civilians to work directly with other cultures?
Find out more about various programs within the Department of Defense that will prepare you for exciting work with other cultures or utilize your foreign heritage skills. 

Did you know that there are several programs aimed at increasing language skills, regional expertise, and cultural readiness?
Learn more about initiatives through the National Security Education Program in order to become #cultureReady!

Explore the facinating aspects of Japanese food and culture next time you deploy or study abroad in Japan. 




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Story by Gina Randall



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