TRACKING THE MARINE CORPS' LANGUAGE, REGIONAL EXPERTISE & CULTURE (LREC) PROGRAM CONCEPTS TO MEET OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY REQUIREMENTS
Heissel, Jennifer A.
Augier, Mie-Sophia E.
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This master’s thesis systematically maps the Marine Corps’ Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) elements. Defining the bridge between operational requirements to the Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning’s (CAOCL) LREC training and education initiatives will define how the Marine Corps can optimize how it educates, trains, and equips Marines for operational success. I inform this bridge by designing a "DACLO Loop" that connects doctrinal requirements to operational capabilities through academic concepts, CAOCL programs, and LREC elements. I design a survey that not only collects information on Marines’ existing LREC expertise and interests to better inform talent management, but also feeds a linear programming optimization tool to assign Regional, Culture, and Language Familiarization (RCLF) regions to Marines graduating from The Basic School (TBS) based on their professed interests. Additionally, I develop a "Commander's Portal" that gives unit Commanders an interactive interface to guide and inform their pre-deployment training plans. The Portal provides users with direct links to publications, Mission Essential Tasks that require LREC training, a recommended training timeline, and a guide for tracking LREC expertise at the unit level. CAOCL can directly employ these products to more efficiently identify existing LREC expertise and interest among, and more effectively train, their Marines.
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