U Montana May Cut Critical Foreign Language Program for Troops

Now wouldn’t this be a ridiculous move?!!

Allyson Wellor for kpax.com, April 11, 2011:

A University of Montana program that helps teach foreign languages to troops before deployment may close if Congress cuts funding.

The program teaches troops about the language, history, and culture of the country they will be deployed to.

The director of the Critical Language and Culture Program, Don Loranger, says the program is too important and valuable to be axed. He says budget cuts may affect the program, but he doesn’t think the funding will completely stop.

Since the program started, it’s logged more than 165,000 hours of teaching.

“It’s a very important program for our soldiers and very important for what our security needs are in the regions. They come out with a very well rounded education about the region, about the tribal areas, costumes, and religions,” said Loranger. “If you’re going to win the hearts and minds of people, you better understand their culture and language.”

Senator Max Baucus has also worked to press the Defense Department to keep the program going.


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