The National Language Service Corps (NLSC) is a federal program sponsored by the Department of Defense through the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO). Designed to support federal agencies in times of national need, the NLSC provides and maintains a readily available civilian corps of 8,906 volunteers representing over 300 languages. NLSC provides members with the opportunity to join an active community of culturally diverse individuals, utilize language development tools, and use their language skills on mission deployments. Through this free, volunteer program, members who are selected to participate in mission deployments will receive a stipend as compensation for their time and commitment.
In 2003, Congress tasked the Defense Language and National Security Education Office
(DLNSEO), then known as the National Security Education Program (NSEP), with exploring
the feasibility of establishing an organization of Americans with skills in critical
languages that would serve in times of emergency or national need. NSEP prepared
a feasibility study and follow-up planning that led to Congressional action in 2006.
In the 2007 National Defense Authorization Act, the U.S. Congress included language
directing the Secretary of Defense to initiate a pilot program that established
a Civilian Linguist Reserve Corps. The government has since renamed that organization
as the National Language Service Corps (NLSC).
In January 2013, President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization
Act which authorized the Secretary of Defense to establish the National Language Service Corps as a permanent organization.
The NLSC operates under this authority.
NLSC's parent agency is the Defense Language and National Security Education Office
(DLNSEO). DLNSEO provides strategic direction and programmatic oversight to the
Department of Defense (DoD), its field activities, and the Combatant Commands, on present
and future requirements related to language, regional expertise, and culture.
This web site is provided as a public service by the Department of Defense (Networks
and Information Integration) and the National Language Service Corps.
Information presented on this web site is considered public information and may
be distributed or copied unless otherwise specified. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image
credits is requested.
For site management, information is collected for statistical purposes. This government
computer system uses software programs to create summary statistics, which are used
for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest, determining
technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to
all users, this government computer system employs software programs to monitor
network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information,
or otherwise cause damage.
Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made
to identify individual users or their usage habits. Raw data logs are used for no
other purposes and are scheduled for regular destruction in accordance with National
Archives and Records Administration guidelines.
Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service
are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse
Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.
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pass information back and forth from the client machine to the server). NLSC may
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in order to make the site easier to use. The NLSC DOES NOT keep a database of information
obtained from these cookies.
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in loss of certain conveniences such as session continuity and re-authentication
during current or future sessions. Various types Per-Session (Transient) Cookies
may be used with any one service, and their implementations, behaviors, and effects
will vary. It is the policy of the NLSC that Cookies do not carry any of your personal
information (name, email address, credit card, etc.) nor identification/password-type
data that allows access to such personal information on NLSC servers. All personal,
transaction, and security rights are housed on secure NLSC servers.