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Are you a heritage speaker of a language other than English? Would you like to work in the U.S. federal government?

Native speakers of critical languages are in high demand in the U.S. government. The English for Heritage Language Speakers program is a recruiting and training pipeline for specialized talent in the U.S.

The legacy of Song Leng Xiong lives on

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This article from the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service highlights one National Guardsman's Hmong heritage, and how it shaped his decision to enter the military.

The Tradition and Taboo of Tattoos

Have you ever wondered how having a tattoo be perceived in different countries around the world? We highlight countries in which tattooing is both an accepted tradition and a taboo form of art.

Mapping Global Migration

Today, we explore the Pew Research Center's interactive migration and remittance maps, which offer the chance to explore the movement trends of both people and their money around the world.

DoD Instruction 5160.70: Management of the Defense Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (LREC) Program

DoDI 5160.70 establishes policies, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for managing the Defense LREC Program, adds regional expertise and culture as mission critical competencies of the Defense LREC Program, and establishes initial culture learning guidelines.

What’s in a name?

What's so important about a country's name? It has everything to do with national identity and heritage. Read about some countries that have changed their names, and how those names were or weren't accepted.

Baby's First Haircut

Hair plays an important role in many cultures. Here we have collected a few interesting traditions around the world with respect to a baby's first haircut.

Internationalize Your New Year’s Resolutions

Here, we look at some common resolutions, and some things you can do internationalize them.

How to Stay Healthy and Safe Abroad

Whether or not you have been traveling abroad for the holidays this month, or are planning a trip for next year, it's important to stay up-to-date with information on how to stay safe, from knowing the emergency call number of the country you're visiting to registering your trip with the Department of State. The following article highlights seven tips for staying safe abroad.

The History of Boxing Day

What is Boxing Day, and where did it originate? The following piece from The Guardian, originally published last year, dives into the history of the day.