Accession Number : ADA634227


Title :   Special Operations Forces Language and Culture Needs Assessment Project: Training Emphasis: Language and Culture


Descriptive Note : Technical rept.


Corporate Author : SWA CONSULTING INC RALEIGH NC


Personal Author(s) : Bienkowski, Sarah ; Harman, Reanna P ; Phillips, Ryan ; Surface, Eric A ; Ward, Stephen J ; Watson, Aaron


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a634227.pdf


Report Date : 25 Feb 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 120


Abstract : This report examined Special Operations Forces (SOF) operators and leaders beliefs regarding what content should be emphasized in language and culture training to prepare SOF operators for their missions. Results from this study indicated that SOF operators and leaders believed the most emphasis should be placed on language tasks requiring active social interaction and military environment control. The social interaction tasks with the highest ratings were: using language skills to build rapport with the locals, and making both formal and informal greetings when introduced to individuals. The military environment control tasks with the highest ratings were: increasing situational awareness, and maintaining control in hostile situations. Specifically, results also indicate that there are different training emphasis needs across Army SOF types. SOF leadership can use this report to inform language and culture training decisions aimed at aligning training emphasis with job and mission requirements.


Descriptors :   *FOREIGN LANGUAGES , *MILITARY TRAINING , *SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES , CONTROL , CULTURE , SITUATIONAL AWARENESS , SKILLS


Subject Categories : Linguistics
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE