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National Language Service Corps

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What is the NLSC?

The NLSC is a first-of-its-kind government organization that offers multilingual speakers the opportunity to volunteer their language skills and be a bridge to their language communities. These individuals, known as NLSC Members, speak, listen, read, and understand English and another language and make themselves available to help others when a U.S. Government requirement arises. NLSC Members have the opportunity and privilege to help their country, their neighbors, and their fellow citizens by participating in national efforts when their expertise can truly make a difference. Members can be called upon in times of need to use their interpreting, translating, teaching, and/or subject matter expertise skills to assist others in the United States and around the world during short-term assignments.

The NLSC is looking for U.S. citizens who are skilled in English and at least one other language. The program welcomes speakers of all languages to apply and accepts applications from all U.S. citizens who speak English and any other language. NLSC assignments require a diverse membership to support the needs of existing and potential client agencies.

How did the NLSC begin?

In 2003, Congress tasked the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO), with exploring the feasibility of establishing an organization of Americans with skills in critical languages that would serve in times of emergency or national need. In the 2007 National Defense Authorization Act, the U.S. Congress included language directing the Secretary of Defense to initiate a pilot program that established a Civilian Linguist Reserve Corps. The government has since renamed that organization as the National Language Service Corps (NLSC).

Interested in Membership?

If you are multilingual, then the NLSC is looking for individuals like you.

Learn more about the National Language Service Corps