Accession Number:

ADA634210

Title:

Special Operations Forces Language And Culture Needs Assessment: Sustainment/Enhancement Training (Set)

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

SWA CONSULTING INC RALEIGH NC

Report Date:

2010-11-03

Pagination or Media Count:

122.0

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 provides a broad evaluation of language sustainmentenhancement training SET programs across the SOF community from the perspectives of SOF operators and leaders. Due to the independent management of these programs, there was variability in the evaluation results. Overall, SOF operators and leaders reported that their SET programs were moderately useful for mission success, and that the curricula were moderately relevant to language-related mission requirements. Although evaluations were generally positive, several barriers were identified by SOF operators and leaders that can compromise the effectiveness of SET. SOF operators reported sometimes being removed from language training. Also, SOF operators indicated that while SET is available, there is not enough time for operators to attend. Lastly, this report provides SOF operators and leaders suggestions for making the SET more mission-focused, including increased focus on sustaining and improving speaking and listening skills, and addition of military- and mission-focused content.

Subject Categories:

  • Linguistics
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE