Accession Number:

ADA634223

Title:

Special Operations Forces Language and Culture Needs Assessment Project. Command Support for Language: Grading the Chain of Command

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

SWA CONSULTING INC RALEIGH NC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-02-25

Pagination or Media Count:

113.0

Abstract:

This report provides insights into the perceived level of command support for language throughout the United States Special Operations Command USSOCOM. Members of the Special Operations Forces SOF community were asked questions related to their immediate chain of command s support for language, including specific observable actions that indicate command support for language as well as their overall perception of their immediate chain of command s prioritization of language learning and maintenance in relation to other training requirements. Overall, across USSOCOM, study participants most frequently assigned an average grade i.e., a C to their immediate chain of command for all ten language support areas. The two consistently highest-rated language support areas were Places command emphasis on taking annual proficiency tests, and Provides my unit with language learning materials. The two consistently lowest-rated language support areas were Provides my unit with recognition and awards related to language proficiency and Ensures that personnel in language training are not pulled for other non-critical tasksduties. Implications and recommendations are discussed.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Linguistics
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE