Accession Number:

ADA634203

Title:

Special Operations Forces Language and Culture Needs Assessment: Language Resources And Self-Study

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

SWA CONSULTING INC RALEIGH NC

Report Date:

2010-11-12

Pagination or Media Count:

74.0

Abstract:

This study is one component of the Special Operations Forces SOF Language and Culture Needs Assessment Project. The larger study consisted of 23 focus groups conducted across the SOF community and an issue-oriented web-based survey. This report examined SOF operators access to and use of language learning resources and their perceived effectiveness of resources used. Results indicated that most operators have access to a unit language facility, but visit it less than once per month or not at all. Most SOF operators reported engaging in three or more hours per week of language learning while deployed compared to engaging in only one hour per week at home or during work duty. The language learning resources used were considered effective, but to varying degrees. In general, SOF operators indicated several issues with the use of resources, such as limited access while deployed and limited time to use them. These and other findings led to the following recommendations 1 advertise resources more effectively, 2 provide additional instructorstutors at unit language facilities, 3 protect language learning and maintenance time, and 4 provide easier access to language resources while deployed.

Subject Categories:

  • Linguistics
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE