Strengthening national security through critical language and culture expertise
Project GO (Global Officers), originally titled the ROTC Language and Culture Project, is a Department of Defense initiative aimed at improving the language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of future military officers. NSEP works with the Army, Air Force, Navy ROTCs, and 18 U.S. institutions of higher education, including five of the six Senior Military Colleges. Project GO facilitates collaborative efforts among universities and between universities and ROTC leadership to provide funding for a total of 13 critical languages, including: Arabic (all dialects), Chinese (Mandarin), Hausa, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Pashto, Persian (Dari, Farsi, Tajik), Russian, Swahili, Tatar, Turkish, Uzbek, and Wolof.
Through Project Global Officer I studied Russian in Russia. Participating in Project GO has been one of the most eye opening and exhilarating experiences in my life. It allowed me the opportunity to travel internationally and interact with people of a different culture. This experience has enhanced my language learning skills and will serve useful in further learning the language and learning other languages in my future career in the Air Force.
I studied Swahili in Kenya through Project Global Officer. Before this program, I had a very sheltered and media-based view of what life was like in Kenya and the rest of Africa, but I now have a drastically different and more accurate view . . . values such as the term "harambee" meaning "to pull together" run their society and I have a high respect for how faithful they remain to these values. This new understanding has given me a determination to become involved in AFRICOM in my military career and become as involved as possible in the humanitarian efforts and improving United States-Africa relations.
For More information about Project GO please visit the Project GO website.