Marine Corps Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning Quantico United States
Within the Marine Corps, cultural and language training and education programs expanded in 2005 in response to guidance from above and demand from within. The cultural complexities facing Marines and sister service personnel across the range of military operations and throughout the world prompted a response from the Services supporting establishment to bolster pre-deployment preparation and professional military education with cultural and language learning programs. Each service took a different approach, congruent with their employment and deployment of forces and consistent with their unique organizational cultures. After four years, the Marine Corps, through its Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning CAOCL, employed an online survey to solicit input from Marines about their satisfaction with cultural and language learning programs, their preferred method of instruction, the trainings impact on operational effectiveness, and the need for and importance of such learning. In the survey, CAOCL also sought recommendations from Marines on how to improve these learning programs.