The RCLF Program is founded on culture general concepts and skills. Through this program, the Marine Corps instills in Marines transferable cultural concepts and skills that can be used in any operating environment and intercultural exchange. Marines gain insights into human behavior, alternative ways to problem solve, application of lessons learned from other areas of the world, and the ability to access and critically consume information. Marines are then provided regional and cultural content that displays these concepts and skills so that Marines can apply and reflect on them in specific context. The rationale for Marines’ being assigned a region is that it elevates the Marine Corps’ understanding of all parts of the world, not just those the Corps routinely engages, so as to heighten preparedness for the unexpected.
The RCLF Program has been reviewed by the American Council on Education in June 2017, and Marines who complete RCLF can receive six college credits (three semester hours in the lower-division baccalaureate/associates category in global and cultural awareness and three semester hours in the upper-division baccalaureate degree category in intercultural communication). Additionally, the language component (Headstart2) can help prepare Marines for a Defense Language Proficiency Test, affording Marines further opportunity for additional six credits in a given language.