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EDUCATION

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.


 











UNINTENTIONAL BIAS
 
  Unintentional bias can prevent us from accurately understanding the environment and hinder effective problem solving in military operations. This video describes this dynamic and explains how certain cultural concepts and skills mitigate the negative impacts of unintentional bias. These concepts and skills enable Marines to recognize their unintentional bias, account for it during planning and execution, and effectively mitigate it through education and training. By improving our ability to understand the human dimension of war, these concepts and skills gives Marines a military advantage.

 
 


VALUE OF CULTURE GENERAL
 
  The video introduces the CAOCL approach to culture and argues that understanding culture general concepts and skills will make the process of learning culture-specific information more efficient.  





 
  WHY CULTURE   

This introductory video provides a basic definition of culture and explains how cross-cultural competence is relevant to the warfighter. 

 

 
 


PERSPECTIVE-TAKING
 
  Introduces the key culture skill of perspective-taking and describes its application to cross-cultural competence.
 




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Unintentional Bias
Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning
Jan. 9, 2019 | 5:07
Unintentional bias can prevent us from accurately
understanding the environment and hinder effective problem solving in
military operations. This video describes this dynamic and explains
how certain cultural concepts and skills mitigate the negative impacts
of unintentional bias. These concepts and skills enable Marines to
recognize their unintentional bias, account for it during planning and
execution, and effectively mitigate it through education and training.
By improving our ability to understand the human dimension of war,
these concepts and skills gives Marines a military advantage.
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