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National Language Service Corps

What is the NLSC?

Do you speak English and another language? Are you looking for ways to use your language skills to make a difference in your state, your nation, or your world? If yes, then the National Language Service Corps (NLSC) may be for you.

The NLSC is a readily available group of volunteers who provide supplemental language resources to U.S. federal agencies. Whether there is a national need, a regional emergency, or a national security requirement, NLSC Members can assist in filling foreign language gaps with readily available multilingual U.S. citizens.

How did the NLSC begin?

In 2003, Congress tasked the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO), then known as the National Security Education Program (NSEP), 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. NSEP prepared a feasibility study and follow-up planning that led to Congressional action in 2006. 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).

In January 2013, President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act which authorized the Secretary of Defense to establish the National Language Service Corps as a permanent organization. The NLSC operates under this authority.

Interested in Membership?

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.

If you are multilingual, then the NLSC is looking for individuals like you. Click here to learn more about the National Language Service Corps.