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Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC)
The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) offers foreign language instruction in more than two dozen languages to approximately 3,500 students on a schedule that extends throughout the year. The duration of courses range between 26 and 64 weeks, depending on the difficulty of the language. DLIFLC has established itself as a national pacesetter in foreign-language, resident and non-resident education, using cutting-edge technology such as interactive whiteboards, the use of electronic-based lessons, the Internet, interactive video, and podcasts, which interact with audio digital devices and laptops issued to students. The DLIFLC also maintains the DLI-Washington office in the Washington, D.C. area. The Washington office provides training in languages not taught at the Presidio of Monterey, such as "low-density languages."
Language Training Center (LTC)
Established in 2011, the Language Training Center (LTC) Program provides language and culture training for Department of Defense (DoD) personnel by leveraging existing university programs to meet the needs of DoD organizations and units. The LTC Program is administered by the Institute of International Education on behalf of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO). Currently, nine institutions host LTC programs across the United States:
- California State University, Long Beach
- Concordia University
- Indiana University
- George Mason University
- George Washington University
- North Carolina State University
- San Diego State University
- University of Kansas
- University of Montana
- University of Utah
All institutions create a formal partnership with a DoD unit, office or agency to provide flexible and innovative training. Each LTC institution customizes their program to meet the specific training and operational needs of their partner, taking into account particular language and cultural training requests, time constraints, delivery of course material, and military specific content. The LTC program has supported the language and cultural training needs of a wide range of DoD personnel, including military linguists, intelligence analysts, special operations forces, foreign area officers, and the general purpose forces.
National Language Service Corps
What is the NLSC?
The NLSC is a first-of-its-kind government organization that offers multilingual speakers the opportunity to volunteer their language skills and be a bridge to their language communities. These individuals, known as NLSC Members, speak, listen, read, and understand English and another language and make themselves available to help others when a U.S. Government requirement arises. NLSC Members have the opportunity and privilege to help their country, their neighbors, and their fellow citizens by participating in national efforts when their expertise can truly make a difference. Members can be called upon in times of need to use their interpreting, translating, teaching, and/or subject matter expertise skills to assist others in the United States and around the world during short-term assignments.
The NLSC is looking for U.S. citizens who are skilled in English and at least one other language. The program welcomes speakers of all languages to apply and accepts applications from all U.S. citizens who speak English and any other language. NLSC assignments require a diverse membership to support the needs of existing and potential client agencies.
How did the NLSC begin?
In 2003, Congress tasked the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO), with exploring the feasibility of establishing an organization of Americans with skills in critical languages that would serve in times of emergency or national need. In the 2007 National Defense Authorization Act, the U.S. Congress included language directing the Secretary of Defense to initiate a pilot program that established a Civilian Linguist Reserve Corps. The government has since renamed that organization as the National Language Service Corps (NLSC).
Interested in Membership?
If you are multilingual, then the NLSC is looking for individuals like you.
Service Culture Centers
Incidents involving conflicts between service members and the local populations, were occurring frequently in the early period of the military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. These were identified and brought to the attention of senior military leaders who determined there needed to be some type of training to provide a better understanding of the different cultures and languages that would be encountered by personnel deploying to those areas. The military services established culture centers to initially train on Iraqi and Afghan cultures. Since that time, the scope of the centers has widened to include a more global approach to culture and language learning.