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National Defense Language Corps

January 12, 2013

Here’s an opportunity for public diplomacy alumni to make good use of their language and cultural skills: the National Defense Language Corps, a new Department of Defense initiative.

American Forces Press Service highlights the National Defense Language Corps, a new Department of Defense initiative where public diplomacy alumni can offer their language and cultural skills. The 4,000-member National Defense Language Corps consists of volunteers who offer their second-language skills and cultural knowledge when the need arises across the Defense Department and other federal agencies.

Assignments can last anywhere from a few hours to a couple of months. Director Michael Nugent says most volunteers work for a week at a time. Volunteers receive training, says the article, and are compensated for their services by becoming temporary federal employees during the time they travel and work.

The article can be found online, and more details about the program are available on the National Defense Language Corps Web site.

Hat tip: Jim Noone

 

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