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DLNSEO Culture Team
November 22, 2016

USAID and the Department of Defense have been partners since the 1960s. They work together to align policies, planning and programming, learning and outreach to advance U.S. foreign policy.  USAID's Office of Civilian-Military Cooperation (CMC) serves as the primary point of contact with the Department of Defense (DOD). The office responds to the National Security Strategy's demand that development be a strong and equal partner with diplomacy and defense in collective pursuit of a world that promotes peace, security and opportunity for all.  CMC is driven by its goal to...

DLNSEO Culture Team
November 15, 2016

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) is the executive agent for several regional centers which offer courses, seminars, workshops, research and dynamic outreach among U.S. and foreign military, civilian, and non-government actors. These regional centers include:

 

Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) (Honolulu, HI)

The APCSS addresses regional and global security issues, inviting military and civilian representatives of the United States and Asia-Pacific nations to its comprehensive program of executive education and workshops, both in...

DLNSEO Culture Team
October 14, 2016

Suicide among active duty military members and veterans has increased in the wake of the two international conflicts, surpassing those of the general population for the first time since Vietnam. Recent research has identified the period of separation from the military as a period of elevated risk, regardless of deployment history. Although the association between deployment and suicide is not clear-cut, studies have shown that the transition to civilian life for Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) veterans who served in combat can be particularly difficult, with...

Culture Team
April 27, 2016

In this CNN interview with Veteran Army interrogator, Charlie Mink, “Project GO” is discussed. Project Global Officer (Project GO) is a collaborative initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students.

Project GO programs focus on the languages and countries of the Middle East, Asia, Central Asia, Africa, and South America.

 

 

 

Benefits of participating in Project GO...

Culture Team
March 31, 2016

The Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP) is designed and managed by the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) to sustain, enhance and utilize the existing language skills and talents of Airmen. The goal of LEAP is to develop a core group of general-purpose force (GPF) Airmen across specialties and careers possessing the capability to communicate in one or more foreign languages.

Recently, Anastasia Stuart, a staff seargent with the US Air Force, who was born and raised in Nizhnekamsk, Russia, got to use her language and culture skillsas part of a U.S. effort...

Stacey Summers issues the oath of citizenship to U.S. Sailors, wikimedia commons
Culture Team
March 29, 2016

Non-citizens have served in the military since the Revolutionary War.

The Lodge Act of 1950 permitted non-citizen Eastern Europeans to enlist between 1950 and 1959. Additionally, the United States officially began recruiting Filipino nationals into the Navy in the late 1940s, when it signed the Military Bases Agreement of 1947 allowing U.S. military bases in the Philippines. In total, over 35,000 Filipinos enlisted in the Navy through the program between 1952 and 1991. Today, about 5,000 legal permanent resident aliens (green card holders) enlist each year. Law ensures that the...

January 27, 2016

Reverse culture shock is a common reaction to returning home from time abroad. It is an emotional and psychological stage of re-adjustment, similar to your initial adjustment to living abroad. Symptoms can range from feeling like no one understands you or how you’ve changed to feeling panicked that you will lose part of your identity if you don’t have an outlet to pursue new interests that were sparked abroad. Your reactions to re-entry may vary, but common signs are:

Restlessness Rootlessness Boredom Depression Uncertainty Confusion...

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