Special Operations Forces Language Transformation Strategy Needs Assessment Project: Air Force Operator Survey Report
Technical rept. Jul-Oct 2004
SWA CONSULTING INC RALEIGH NC
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This study is one component of the SOF Language Transformation Strategy Needs Assessment Project. The larger study consisted of 21 focus groups conducted at units across the SOF community and several issue-oriented surveys conducted via the Web. This report provides findings for AFSOC personnel who responded to the SOF Operator Survey N 41. Among other findings, AFSOC personnel expressed a need for Military-technical vocabulary on their missions, which seem to be primarily focused on training or teaching others. AFSOC personnel indicated the common mission on their most recent deployment was Foreign Internal Defense FID, and that FID missions require both Listening skills and Military-specific language. AFSOC personnel reported using their language skills frequently and indicated that they felt prepared for the most recent mission in terms of language and cultural understanding. However, AFSOC personnel did not feel as confident in their ability to use military terminology and conversational skills as they do satisfying minimum language requirements. AFSOC personnel relied on interpreters as a way to compensate for weaker language skills.
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