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CAOCL has two principal education activities: (1) the Regional, Culture, and Language Familiarization (RCLF) Program and (2) educational programming, scientific advising, and support to the Marine Corps University (MCU) and the broader supporting establishment. CAOCL’s education activities are organized along three conceptual lines: culture-general concepts and skills, region- and culture-specific knowledge, and foreign language skills. Culture-general refers to concepts and skills that can be employed in any area of operations. Region- and culture-specific entails those unique aspects of cultures and regional dynamics across the Combatant Commands. Language familiarization focuses on tactical phrases in key languages necessary to promote operational effectiveness. These three conceptual lines are complementary and provide Marines the tools they need to navigate the cultural complexities of contemporary operating environments and mission sets.


Distance Education

Distance Education (RCLF)

CAOCL develops, executes, and manages the RCLF Program. This total force initiative is the Marine Corps’ accredited distance learning program that instills, develops, and sustains foundational language, region, and culture capabilities in our career Marines. As Marines advance through their careers, they reflect on and hone their understanding of culture-general concepts and skills and deepen their learning about their assigned region and the world while advancing/ sustaining their language capability. The end state of this program is to enhance cross-cultural competence within the general purpose force.


Residence Education

CAOCL provides educational support to MCU and other Marine Corps formal schools and entities within the supporting establishment. CAOCL’s Professor of Military Cross-Cultural Competence (PM3C) works with the university leadership to integrate culture concepts and skills into curricula across the schools and institutional policies, programs, and activities. CAOCL educators provide core courses, electives, faculty development opportunities, brown bag lectures, as well as student mentoring and advising.