For Army ROTC Cadets, the world is their classroom. Every year hundreds of Cadets travel the globe, spending up to three weeks immersed in foreign cultures, learning more about how others around the world view the U.S. and, in the process, learning more about themselves.
The Army recognizes the need for young leaders to develop more cultural awareness and foreign language proficiency skills. Now more than ever, cultural awareness training is a vital component to the ROTC curriculum. Overseas immersions help educate future leaders in ways the classroom cannot.
Cadets now have the opportunity to compete for immersion in more than 20 countries. These opportunities expose them to everyday life in different cultures and intensifies language study, which helps produce commissioned officers who possess the right blend of language and cultural skills required to support global operations in the 21st Century.
Participants experience up to three different venues during immersion, including host nation military-to-military exchange, humanitarian service, and education on the social, cultural and historical aspects of the country. In 2016, 1,300 ROTC Cadets traveled across the world and participated in Cadet Command's CULP program to 42 Countries. The future goal is for at least half of all Cadets to complete a CULP Immersion Internship annually.
Project Global Officer (Project GO) is a collaborative initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Prescott Campus offers a rare opportunity for students to take the critical defense language of Mandarin Chinese to the advanced proficiency level. It is a 4-year program is combined with the Global Security and Intelligence (GSIS) degree program, called the GSIS/Chinese track. On this track, students take the same number of credits as other GSIS students (122 credits total), with 45 of the 122 credits taken in Chinese. Although the program does not require any Chinese language proficiency to enroll, at graduation, most students reach advanced proficiency on national tests, a level equivalent to having a Chinese degree. It is like having the capability of two degrees while spending the time of earning for one degree. Individuals coming to ERAU with some level of Chinese proficiency may qualify for Advanced Standing or Placement. The GSIS/Chinese program requires study abroad in China in the summer of the sophomore year. In the past ROTC students have had full scholarship from Project Global Officer (Project GO) for the study abroad. The scholarship covers all expenses from tuition to local transportation.
For more information, visit the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Project GO website.