Old 05-02-2009, 05:23   #1
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DLPT: Latvian

I contacted the Defense Language Institute and found out that there is no DLPT for the language of Latvian. This is due to the fact that I am told that the Latvian language "has not been evaluation by the American Council of Education." Furthermore, I asked if there is any secondary means to judge language proficiency in Latvian within the DLI or armed forces and was told “No ... because you can't get any credits for that Language."

My question is, with the country of Latvia being a NATO member and part of the EU since 2004, does Latvian have any place in SF if it's not one of the more common languages taught within SF? Secondly, how are semi-rare dialects treated if I am being told there is no means to judge proficiency?

I understand the more common answers I've read on the boards of man up, get selected and it will be handled by a case by case basis based upon the needs of the Army. But I am trying to wrap my mind around the thought process that takes place since I've only read threads relating to more commonly used languages that are advertised at the Group level.

Thank you for your time.
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Old 05-02-2009, 05:39   #2
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There really isnt a need for Latvian within the Army as a whole and SF in particular, which is the reason there isnt a procedure to test out of it.

Latvian would be maintained on your own dime/time just like the many soldiers who speak one of the many African dialects.
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Old 05-02-2009, 05:49   #3
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Roger that.
I was hoping for that answer since the more the better!

Thank you again.
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Old 05-02-2009, 05:58   #4
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There may not be a 'need' in the Army yet, but there may be a definite need somewhere in government service. Contact the Dept of State's Foreign Service Institute (FSI) which is the language center for the government (SF used to send ffolkes there, too, for some of the more arcane languages) and see about getting tested and registered. One never knows where/when your language/cultural skills might be needed.

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