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Cross-Cultural Training

Culture Plays an Integral Part in Mobilization and Deployment

The 149th Military Engagement Team in Kentucky underwent training in preparation for their federal mobilization to the Middle East in support of U.S. Army Central Command operations. This training included five days of cultural and language training, in which they delved into cultural norms and behaviors as well as the history of the countries they’ll be operating in during the mobilization.

A CULP Student Explains His Experience in Vietnam

Jacob Kortum describes his experience with the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) program in Vietnam and how it will help his development as a future Army Lieutenant.

What are DoD Regional Centers?

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) is the executive agent for several regional centers which offer courses, seminars, workshops, research and dynamic outreach among U.S. and foreign military, civilian, and non-government actors.

Scholarships for U.S. High School Students to Study Abroad

Check out this post highlighting scholarships for high school students to study abroad. Scholarships include the National Security Language Initiative for Youth, the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad Program, and the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program.

Defense Language Transformation Roadmap (2005)

The Defense Language Transformation Roadmap was built out of a need for each Military Department, Combatant Command (COCOM), and Defense Agency to review its requirements for language professionals. The Defense Foreign Language Steering Committee (DFLSC) oversaw the development of this Roadmap and approved its assumptions, descriptions of the current situation, desired outcomes, and recommendations.

Defense Language Institute- Bridging the Language and Culture Gap

Learning Foreign Language Helps US Soldiers Bridge Culture Gap

by Hasib Danish Alikozai

A tactical decision made by a soldier in a war theater can have strategic political, social, and cultural implications at the national and international levels.  Though few and far between, these tactical level mistakes can take a toll on the overall mission and its credibility.

Cadets Prepare for International Immersion

Summer break is usually a time for rest, relaxation and possibly a little traveling for many college students. For Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Cadet Twi Light Moody, rest and relaxation aren’t on the schedule, but traveling is thanks to the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) program.

ROTC Students Study Abroad

Project Global Officer (Project GO) is a collaborative initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students.

The Elephant in the Room: Some Reflections on Language and Culture Instruction

This article is a survey of some historical, cognitive, and cultural features of institutional—particularly government and military—language training, to examine and plot a faster and less effortful trip to proficiency. My thesis is that our own cultural and institutional climates play a crucial role in what our students can learn and who they can become.

TRADOC Commanding Generals Says DLIFLC is an Example for Army University, Discusses Importance of Culture Training

Gen. David Perkins visited the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, where he discussed the role of language and cultural training in the military.