ProjectGO – An experience in India

ProjectGO is a great opportunity for cadets interested in learning about foreign cultures and languages.  Through ProjectGO, I was able to live in New Delhi, India for two months while learning about Indian history and culture through total immersion and achieving an intermediate level of understanding in Hindi. Not only did I interact with Indians on a daily basis in order to get to class, buy food, etc., but also lived with a host family who taught me about Indian beliefs and mannerisms.

I visited many historical sites such as the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, and Victoria Memorial to learn about the significance of each landmark to the Indian people and about the different periods in Indian history they represent.

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Adding a military element to the program, we visited the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses (IDSA), an Indian think tank which conducts “objective research and policy relevant studies on all aspects of defense and security,” and the US Embassy in New Delhi. At the IDSA, we met with representatives from each branch of the Indian Armed Forces (Army, Air Force, and Navy) who briefed us on India’s capabilities, perceived threats, and its goals for the future. DSC06647 Meanwhile, in the US Embassy, we met with the embassy’s military attaché and spoke with three Foreign Area Officers about the US’s military cooperation and strategic partnership with India.  Furthermore, as ProjectGO is open to all branches, I learned a lot about the Navy and Air Force through discussions with other ROTC cadets from different services. I strongly recommend that other cadets interested in other countries and cultures apply to the once in a lifetime opportunity that is ProjectGO.

मैंने भारत में अपना समय प्यार किआ। – CDT Dutta

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https://www.rotcprojectgo.org/

Project Global Officer (Project GO) is a collaborative initiative that promotes critical language education, study abroad, and intercultural dialogue opportunities through language study scholarships for ROTC students.  The program was designed to improve the language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of future military officers through domestic language study and domestic and overseas language and cultural immersion.

Project GO supports Goal Two of the Department of Defense’s Strategic Plan for Language Skills, Regional Expertise, and Cultural Capability to “build, enhance, and sustain a Total Force with a mix of language skills, regional expertise, and cultural capabilities to meet existing and emerging needs in support of national security objectives.” The program’s goal is to develop future military officers within all of the U.S. Armed Forces who possess the necessary linguistic and cross-cultural communication skills required for effective leadership in the 21st century operational environment.  The program has provided ROTC students with language learning opportunities and has funded critical language infrastructure since its inception.

“Objectives.” Project GO, 27 July 2015, http://www.rotcprojectgo.org/objectives.

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