National Language Service Corps (NLSC)

In 2006, the U.S. Congress called for a pilot effort to form a national corps of individuals who would offer their support to federal agencies, particularly surge requirements that occur during times of crisis or urgent national need. The National Language Service Corps (NLSC) program is planning, building, and testing a corps of on-call language-certified Americans who are ready to serve the nation with their language skills. Members voluntarily join this organization because of a strong desire to use their language expertise to help ensure the safety and security of the United States during a time of national emergency or crisis.

Because the federal government has never set up an organization quite like this one before, the NLSC is testing procedures for the recruitment, evaluation, and enrollment of members. Now a permanent program, NLSC has recruited a corps of more than 7,000 members who collectively represent over 330 languages from around the world.

To learn more about the NLSC or to join this volunteer corps please visit the NLSC website for more information.