Learning Foreign Language Helps U.S. Soldiers Bridge Culture Gap

Posted May 26, 2016 at 4:44am

Voice of America reports that “a tactical decision made by a solider in a war theater can have strategic political, social, and cultural implications at the national and international levels. Though few and far between, these tactical level mistakes can take a toll on the overall mission and its credibility.”  

“U.S. Army Colonel Philip J. Deppert is tasked to help soldiers avoid these mistakes. Deppert is the commanding officer of the Defense Language Institute (DLI), located in Monterey, California. He told VOA that cultural education is a key component of the educational curriculum.”  

“’We are worldwide renowned for producing some of the best culturally and professionally based military linguists,’ said Col. Deppert. ‘The United States and specifically our military understands that in order to be the best partner with all nations around the world we not only have to understand the language but the culture embedded with that as well.’”