Accession Number : ADA634236
Title : SOP Language Transformation Strategy Needs Assessment Project: Army Operator Survey Report
Descriptive Note : Technical rept.
Corporate Author : SWA CONSULTING INC RALEIGH NC
Personal Author(s) : Surface, Eric A
Report Date : 15 Oct 2004
Pagination or Media Count : 1038
Abstract : The present study is one component of the SOF Language Transformation Strategy Needs Assessment Project. The larger study consisted of 21 focus groups conducted at units across the SOF community and several comprehensive issue-oriented surveys conducted via the Web. This technical report provides findings for Army Special Operations Forces (ARSOF) personnel who responded to the SOF Operator Survey (N = 857). The survey study was designed to collect data from SOF personnel, unit leaders, and instructors. Three comprehensive, issue-oriented surveys were developed and deployed in July 2004. Among other findings, ARSOF personnel indicated that the most frequently used and important dimension of language on their missions was Building rapport. Psychological Operations (PSYOP) and Civil Affairs (CA) personnel indicated that Basic reading tasks were used most frequently and Basic listening tasks were the most important, which indicates that not all ARSOF subgroups have the same language needs. Findings from ARSOF personnel suggested that language training could benefit from a shift in focus to aspects of language that are more related to core SOF tasks. This shift needs to be reflected in training, testing, compensation, and command support.
Descriptors : *FOREIGN LANGUAGES , *SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES , *SURVEYS , CIVIL AFFAIRS , MILITARY TRAINING , PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS , STRATEGY
Subject Categories : Linguistics
Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE