Cultural Diplomacy Supporting American Military Objectives
Yes, even Army Cadets in the ROTC program will need cultural and language training, writes Marissa Cruz, a Navy Reserve Public Affairs Officer. Every year, hundreds of Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets travel the globe as part of the Army’s Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Program. They spend up to three weeks immersed in foreign cultures, learning more about how others around the world view the United States, and in the process, learn more about themselves.
"Immersion into foreign cultures exposes cadets to the realities that other countries have vastly different lifestyles, economic standing, and world perspective. It’s a simple premise, but would go a long way in preparing our young soldiers for the reality of a future of joint operations" writes Cruz.