Foreign language proficiency is highly valued in the Military. In fact, fluency can mean extra pay for a servicemember, as bonuses are offered when there is a great need for a certain language. Whether a servicemember is employed as a full-time interpreter or simply wishes to communicate with locals, language instruction can be an integral part of military training.
The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) provides foreign language education for servicemembers and other Department of Defense personnel in an immersive classroom environment. Up to 3,500 students live at the center in Monterey, Calif., enrolled in any of 23 language programs. The DLIFLC offers understanding of foreign cultures unparalleled by any other language training facility. The curriculum provides comprehensive, intensive language instruction taught in tandem with the history and culture of the associated countries. Upon completion of the program, which may take up to two years, a servicemember receives an associate degree.
John Holsonbeck, Russian Linguist in the Air Force.