Accession Number:

ADA634216

Title:

Special Operations Forces Language and Culture Needs Assessment: Mission-Specific Use of Interpreters

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

SWA CONSULTING INC RALEIGH NC

Report Date:

2010-11-08

Pagination or Media Count:

84.0

Abstract:

The ability to communicate is important to SOF mission success both inside and outside their area of responsibility AOR. Although language training is provided to many SOF operators to develop organic language capability on SOF tactical elements, they often deploy before optimum proficiency can be fully achieved or deploy outside their assigned AOR to locations where their trained language is not used. To compensate for a lack of mission-relevant language proficiency, SOF operators often use interpreters. This report describes the current reality of interpreter dependence and the impact of this dependence on missions from the perspectives of SOF operators.

Subject Categories:

  • Linguistics
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE