Accession Number:

ADA634202

Title:

Special Operations Forces Language and Culture Needs Assessment: Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

SWA CONSULTING INC RALEIGH NC

Report Date:

2010-09-27

Pagination or Media Count:

60.0

Abstract:

This report examined perceptions of the Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus FLPB system, which is a type of competency-based or pay-for-skill system designed by the military to offer an incentive to active and reserve component military personnel for attaining and enhancing language proficiency. This report found that although most Special Operations Forces SOF operators are aware of FLPB, only a small percentage actually receive it. This suggests that FLPB may not be an effective motivator for language acquisition among the SOF community. SOF personnel who participated in this study suggested an increase in time or opportunities allowed for language training, use of a different test to determine proficiency, more emphasis on language from command, and simplification of the administrative process necessary to receive FLPB. Additional suggestions on how to increase FLPB s motivating potential were gathered from both SOF operators and leaders and are discussed in this report.

Subject Categories:

  • Linguistics
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE