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Navy Launches Mobile App for Culture Readiness

The U.S. Navy recently released a new application for mobile devices to support personnel and families stationed or deployed abroad.  The app assists with learning basic cultural awareness and language skills.  The app provides material for six fleet concentration areas: Bahrain, Italy, Japan, Spain, the Republic of Korea, and the Philippines.

What are DoD Regional Centers?

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)

Military Culture and the Transition to Civilian Life: Suicide Risk and Other Considerations

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.

ROTC Students Study Abroad

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.



Navy Announces Launch of Culture and Language Training Mobile App

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 14, 2015) Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) 2nd Class Alicia Berninger, left, from Colorado Springs, Colo., and Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) 2nd Class Krystal Dearborn, from Virginia Beach, Va., both assigned to Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Texas, facilitate cultural relations and Spanish language training to introduce the culture of Spain to the crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64).

The Navy Center for Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (CLREC) announced the launch of a mobile application for training products and working aids, Jan. 6.

Hosted by Joint Knowledge Online (JKO) Mobile, CLREC's app allows authorized users to access language, regional expertise and culture (LREC) materials on the go.


Understanding Reverse Culture Shock

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:

The Journal of Culture, Language and International Security (ISCL)

Volume 2, Issue 1 brings together another set of talented individuals from myriad backgrounds and positions under the topic of Clash of Cultures.  

To Download a PDF of this issue Click HERE

Contributors: Lee Johnson, David L. Edwards, Aimee Vieira, Sam Almesfer, Captain Caleb P. Slayton, Catherine Ingold, David Ellis, Robert R. Green Sands


Leader Development and Education for Sustained Peace Program (LDESP)

The Leader Development and Education for Sustained Peace Program provides a cultural, regional and socio-political framework that sets the stage for leaders to understand, visualize, describe and assess the operational variables in regions/countries of interest.  Audience is the leadership of O6 and higher commands supporting Regionally Aligned Brigades/Regionally Aligned Forces, Korea Forces, and NATO allies supporting SFA and ISAF missions in Afghanistan.