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Northeast Asia (NS)

Process and Requirements

CAOCL provides allotments for all RCLF regions to The Basic School (TBS) for each company. The TBS Company staff assigns each Lieutenant and Warrant Officer a region IAW the allotment provided, and returns the roster to CAOCL Admin for assignment in MCTFS.

​RCLF region assignments for Active Component Sergeants began on 1 October 2012 and for the Reserve Component on 1 May 2013. Due to the number of Marines promoted to Sergeant each month, CAOCL coordinates with Marine Corps Total Force Structure (MCTFS) and Manpower Information System Support Activity (MISSA) in Kansas City, Missouri, to develop an automated process to ensure all newly promoted Sergeants are assigned a RCLF region. This process assigns RCLF regions based on an algorithm which factors the current, mid-range, and long-term Marine Corps operational commitments and contingencies. This algorithm was first developed in the spring of 2013 and is updated on a biennial basis.

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Officer and Enlisted Blocks of Instruction

Officer Block 2/Enlisted Block 3

The Officer Block 2/Enlisted Block 3 curriculum exposes Marines to culture general concepts, culture specific concepts, cross-cultural competence, and region-specific information. This course of instruction is designed to be a precursor to RCLF Program Enlisted Block 4 and prepares Marines with the operational culture and regional knowledge needed to successfully complete Officer Block 3/Enlisted Block 4. OB2/EB3 consists of three lessons. In the first lesson, Operational Culture General, Marines gain a better understanding of reading the cultural landscape, operational culture general concepts, and cross-cultural communication competencies in order to apply core concepts and skills to operationally relevant scenarios. In the second lesson, Regional Overview, Marines gain an understanding of region-specific information such as geography, history, economics, politics, and societies. In the final lesson, Regional Security Issues and Case Study, Marines are introduced to regional security issues within the region, and read a case study on a culture within the assigned region. The MarineNet curriculum for Central Africa (CF) OB2/EB3 consists of readings, a computer-based training, a case study, three tests, and an end of course survey.

Officer Block 3/Enlisted Block 4

The materials in Officer Block 3/Enlisted Block 4 provide foundational regional and cultural knowledge. By considering the critical elements of operational culture, Marines can: identify potential cultural friction/leverage points; identify possible outcomes and possible second- and third-order effects; assist in developing culturally appropriate solutions for assigned missions. OB3/EB4  consists of two lessons. In the first lesson, Who Am I, Marines review operational culture general concepts presented in Officer Block 2/Enlisted Block 3 and gain familiarity with additional operational culture general and cross-cultural concepts and skills. Marines apply these concepts and skills to the US Marine Corps in order to use this analysis as a framework for understanding and assessing other cultures. In the second lesson, Who Are They, Marines complete a variety of region-specific and culture-specific readings and activities. The MarineNet curriculum for Central Africa OB3/EB4 consists of readings, open-ended writing activities, computer-based training, an exam, and an end-of-course survey.

Officer Block 4/Enlisted Block 5

The OB4/EB5 curriculum exposes Marines to culture general concepts, culture specific concepts, cross-cultural competence, and region-specific information. This course of instruction is designed to be a precursor to RCLF Program Officer Block 5/Enlisted Block 6 and prepares Marines with the operational culture and Combatant Command knowledge needed to successfully complete OB5/EB6. The block consists of three main lessons. In the first lesson, Marines gain exposure to additional culture general concepts and cross-cultural communication competencies in order to apply core concepts and skills to operationally relevant applied scenarios. In the second lesson, Marines review culture as a factor in Marine Corps and Interagency planning. In the final lesson, Marines are introduced to regional security issues within the region, and read a case study on the impact of culture on an operation that occurred within the assigned region. The MarineNet curriculum for Central Africa OB4/EB5 consists of assigned readings, a case study, one test, and an end of course survey.

Officer Block 5/Enlisted Block 6

In former blocks, Marines were assigned to regions; however, there is one iteration of this block which covers the entire world. The OB5/EB6 block of instruction is the final block in the RCLF program and consists of three main lessons.  In the first lesson, LREC Capabilities and Integrative Complexity, Marines are presented with strategies for managing LREC capabilities and messaging the RCLF program. Marines are also exposed to integrative complexity, a key skill associated with cultural sensemaking. In the second lesson, Plans, Policies and Strategies, Marines review ‘strategic culture’ and its impact on the National Military Strategy and National Security Strategy. Marines further compare the strategic culture of major world actors and identify the associated impact on foreign plans, policies and strategies. In the third and final lesson, Contemporary Culture and Strategic Studies, Marines review the cultures of major world militaries, governments and agencies. The lesson exposes Marines to strategies for engaging cultures to mitigate potential challenges. The OB5/EB6 curriculum on MarineNet consists of assigned readings, case studies, a webinar and optional guided discussion materials. While there is one single block, the lessons in the block are divided into major world regions based on Geographic Combatant Commands. Marines are not required to complete all case studies and examples from each lesson, but rather self-select which cases to complete. 


Language Requirements
Officers must complete the Headstart 2 modules in order to be considered RCLF complete for grade for Captain and Chief Warrant Officer-3.
Enlisted Marines must complete the Headstart2 modules in order to be considered RCLF complete for grade for Staff Sergeant

The Headstart2 curriculum consists of 11 modules broken into four segments. These include 10 military modules and concludes with a “Sound and Script” module.  Military modules are designed around military tasks. They focus on fifteen language drills based on a given topic or theme, such as greetings and introductions, checkpoint commands, and checking for injuries. “Sound and Script” teaches the basics of the script. This curriculum fulfills the RCLF language requirement.
 

DLPT OPI HeadStart2 Coming Soon
Chinese (Mandarin)   Chinese (Mandarin) (CLHSCHI00A)  
Korean   Korean (CLHSKOR00A)  
Russian   Russian (CLHSRUS00A)  

Officers and Enlisted Marines can additionally satisfy the language component of the RCLF program by testing at International Language Roundtable (ILR) level 1+ in any two modalities on a Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) or oral proficiency interview (OPI) for an appropriate regional language. Marines who satisfy their language requirement by testing are encouraged to review Headstart2 as the software covers military specific terminology that may not be known.