Accession Number:

ADA634233

Title:

SOF Language Transformation Strategy Needs Assessment Project: SOF Operator Survey Report

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

SWA CONSULTING INC RALEIGH NC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2004-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

389.0

Abstract:

This report provides findings from Army Special Operations Forces ARSOF, Air Force Special Operations Forces AFSOF, and Naval Special Warfare Command WARCOM personnel who responded to the SOF Operator Survey in the SOF Language Transformation Strategy Needs Assessment Project. The study was designed to collect data from SOF personnel, unit leaders, and instructors. Three comprehensive, issue-oriented surveys were developed and deployed online in July 2004. Among the findings, SOF personnel indicated that the most frequent and important use of language on deployment was building rapport. However, AFSOF personnel indicated that military-technical vocabulary was the most important and frequently used. Findings suggest that different types of SOF personnel use different skills on their missions and may require customized training to fit those needs. Findings suggested that language training could benefit from a shift in focus to aspects of language that are more related to SOF core tasks. This shift should be reflected in training, testing, compensation, and command support.

Subject Categories:

  • Linguistics
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE