Marines' Insight Into Why Language Training Did Not Increase Their Operational Effectiveness
CENTER FOR ADVANCED OPERATIONAL AND CULTURAL TRAINING QUANTICO VA QUANTICO United States
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To provide some concrete measures assessing Marine Corps culture and language learning programs, the U.S. Marine Corps Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning CAOCL sent out a survey during February 2010 to 15 of all Marines with email addresses on the Marine Corps Global Address List, excluding general officers. CAOCL received 2406 valid responses from Marines, representing all 42 military occupational specialties, all ranks, and all educational levels. The majority of Marines who indicated they had received predeployment language familiarization training found that the training increased their operational effectiveness. For those who did not, lack of need for language skills, problems with instruction, and retention issues were the most significant causes.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations