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Title: THE DEFENCE OPERATIONAL LANGUAGES SUPPORT UNIT (PROJECT TEAM) DOLSU (PT)


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THE DEFENCE OPERATIONAL LANGUAGES SUPPORT
UNIT (IMPLEMENTATION TEAM)
LT COL A J PARROTT RLC SO1 DOLSU (IT)
2
PRESENTATION AIM To inform you of developments
in the UK approach to the generation of
operational language capability
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ISSUES Higher Skill Level Primary Role
Linguists Lower Skill Level Secondary Role
Linguists Intelligence Role Linguists Afghanistan
Theatre Specialists Longer Term Capability
Generation Other Challenges
4
Higher Skill Level Primary Role
Linguists Regular and Reserve Military
Linguists UK and 3rd Country Contracted
Civilians Management Issues
5
Lower Skill Level Secondary Role
Linguists Regular Military Personnel Locally
Employed Civilians Training Issues Project on
the Operational Utility of Linguists
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Intelligence Role Linguists Combined
approach Additional allocated resources New focus
on recruiting Pan-government approach
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Afghanistan Theatre Specialists Greater
Requirement Recognized Package of
Measures Attract, Train, Deploy, Retain Cultural
Awareness
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MEETING THE AFGHAN SPECIALIST REQUIREMENTAN
OUTLINE CAREER PROGRESSION MODEL
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  • ENTRY LEVEL
  • LEVEL ONE SUPPORTING SPECIALIST
  • LEVEL TWO PRIMARY SPECIALIST
  • LEVEL THREE LEAD SPECIALIST

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3
4
5
Slides as numbered address each level in more
detail While the structure provides for
progression from one level to the next through
the entire structure it is probable that many
personnel will enter the structure at other than
the entry level and leave the structure before
level three. Others may repeat a particular
level.
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MEETING THE AFGHAN SPECIALIST REQUIREMENTAN
OUTLINE CAREER PROGRESSION MODEL
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  • ENTRY LEVEL
  • Initial or subsequent operational tour in primary
    career or trade role as Officer (2Lt/Lt) or
    Soldier (Pte/LCpl)
  • Individuals receive the basic Language and
    Cultural Awareness training mandated for all
    personnel. Army Officers take MLAT at RMAS to
    identify language learning aptitude.
  • Many / most personnel in Afghan Specialist
    terms will not proceed beyond the Entry Level
    although some personnel may develop greater
    Cultural Understanding from successive tours or
    particular appointments.
  • Basic cultural awareness sets the preconditions
    for use of basic language skills when the
    opportunity arises.

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MEETING THE AFGHAN SPECIALIST REQUIREMENTAN
OUTLINE CAREER PROGRESSION MODEL
3
  • LEVEL ONE SUPPORTING SPECIALIST
  • Officer (Lt/Capt) or Soldier (JNCO) is selected
    for an Afghan Specialist post. At this level the
    specialist skills required are in addition to the
    primary career or trade skills required for the
    post. Linguists must be selected on aptitude and
    motivation. Army JNCOs take MLAT during CLM
    training.
  • Individuals receive SLP 1 or 2 level language
    training and / or additional Cultural
    Understanding training. Language training should
    be completed before PDT so skills can be used
    during training.
  • At this level individuals are probably motivated
    by the opportunity that specialist skills offer
    for a higher profile role.

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MEETING THE AFGHAN SPECIALIST REQUIREMENTAN
OUTLINE CAREER PROGRESSION MODEL
4
  • LEVEL TWO PRIMARY SPECIALIST
  • Officer (Capt/Maj) or Soldier (JNCO/SNCO)
    volunteers to fill an Afghan Specialist post. At
    this level the specialist skills take primacy
    over other career / trade skills which may
    influence the post the individual fills.
  • Individuals receive SLP 3 or 4 level language
    training and or additional Cultural Competency
    training, building possibly / probably on skills
    gained earlier.
  • Individuals fill a particular post on one tour
    (generalist) or serve with the Defence Linguists
    Pool on two tours over three years to maximise
    return on training (specialist).
  • At this level individuals are probably motivated
    by the career progression prospects associated
    with specialist service or career stability.
  • Highest levels of cultural competency can only be
    used to best effect by individuals with highest
    levels of appropriate language skills.

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MEETING THE AFGHAN SPECIALIST REQUIREMENTAN
OUTLINE CAREER PROGRESSION MODEL
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  • LEVEL THREE LEAD SPECIALIST
  • Officer (Maj / Lt Col / possibly Col) or Soldier
    (SNCO / WO) is selected to serve in a designated
    Afghan Specialist post. At this level the
    specialist skills required for the post are
    fundamental to the post. The duties will include
    direction to other specialists and specialist
    policy issues. Posts could be deployed or UK
    based.
  • At this level individuals will already have the
    specialist skills and competencies required and
    the focus of any training will be on refreshing
    and updating relevant skills.
  • At this level individuals are probably motivated
    by the career stability or job satisfaction
    aspects associated with this type of specialist
    service.

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Longer Term Capability Generation Where next?
What time frame? Which languages? What
capability? What decision making process?
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Other Challenges Financial Incentives
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Financial Incentives Information Country Maximum
and Minimum Financial Benefits Major Scheme
Conditions Qualifying Languages Other Major
Non-Financial Inducements / Incentives Other
points
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THE DEFENCE OPERATIONAL LANGUAGES SUPPORT
UNIT IMPLEMENTATION TEAM
ANY QUESTIONS ?
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THE DOLSU MISSION The DOLSU will seek to
facilitate the generation in a timely way of
language capability to support joint operations
when required and will manage operational
language capability when deployed.
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WHY THE DOLSU ? Lessons identified on OPERATION
TELIC House of Commons Defence Committee
Report Directorate of Operational Capability
Appraisal of Defence Language Capability PROJECT
GALLIARD Review of the Operational Language
Capability Requirement It provides a focussed
team at the Defence Level in contrast to
disconnected staff efforts at the FLC level
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LANGUAGE CAPABILITY IS (NOT QUITE) THE
FORGOTTEN FORCE MULTIPLIER
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THE DOLSU TASKS DEFENCE LANGUAGE
POLICY LANGUAGE CAPABILITY GENERATION LANGUAGE
CAPABILITY MANAGEMENT INTELLIGENT CUSTOMER
CELL
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DEFENCE LANGUAGE POLICY (DLP) Management
Structure DLCMB, DLTCEB, DLCWG, UKIDSCOL Policy
Statements Language Component of Joint
Doctrine Linkage with Cultural Awareness
22
LANGUAGE CAPABILITY GENERATION (LCG) Build
Language Skills Database Maintain Language Skills
Database Co-ordinate Requalification Language
Skills Financial Incentives Scheme
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LANGUAGE CAPABILITY GENERATION (LCG) High Level
Language Skills Generation Low Level Language
Skills Generation Reserve Forces Language Skills
Generation Wider Language Capability
Generation Management of Deployed Linguists
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LANGUAGE CAPABILITY MANAGEMENT (LCM) Support to
PJHQ Deployment of LCM teams to support
operations Home based support to LCM
teams Prepare Basic Level Lang CA
Packages Training Packages for LCM
Personnel Training Packages for Interpreters /
Translators Advise to formations in the Op Prep
cycle
25
INTELLIGENT CUSTOMER CELL (ICC) Statements of
Training Requirement MoD Language Examination
Board / Westminster University Contract Other
Initiatives Training Needs Analysis Training
Evaluation
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DOLSU TIMELINES Sep 07 - Initial Operating
Capability reached Apr 08 - Full Operating
Capability authorised? Apr 09 - Full Operating
Capability in place? Aug 09 - Full Operating
Capability reached? Apr 10 Move in to long term
future location?
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THE DEFENCE OPERATIONAL LANGUAGES SUPPORT UNIT
(DOLSU) THE FUTURE PERFECT STRUCTURE
DOLSU MANAGEMENT TEAM DEFENCE LANGUAGE POLICY

SO1 ARMY
DOLSU IT
DOLSU FOC
CIV C2
WO2 SP ARMY

TRG POSTS
CIV E
LANGUAGE CAPABILITY MANAGEMENT SECTION
LANGUAGE CAPABILITY GENERATION SECTION
LANGUAGE INTELLIGENT CUSTOMER CELL
SO2 RN
SO2 ARMY
SO2 ARMY
MSF C2
SO2 ARMY

CIV D
SO3 ARMY
WO RN
HIO 1 C2
CIV D
SO3 RAF
SO2 RAF
HIO 2 C2
CIV E
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THE DEFENCE OPERATIONAL LANGUAGES SUPPORT UNIT
(DOLSU) THE PRESENT IMPERFECT STRUCTURE
DOLSU MANAGEMENT TEAM DEFENCE LANGUAGE POLICY

DOLSU IT MIL
SO1 ARMY
DOLSU IT CIV
CIV C2
WO2 SP ARMY
LONDON
DOLSU FOC

CIV E
LANGUAGE CAPABILITY MANAGEMENT SECTION
LANGUAGE CAPABILITY GENERATION SECTION
LANGUAGE INTELLIGENT CUSTOMER CELL
IRAQ
SO2 RN
SO2 ARMY
WO2 SP ARMY
SO2 FTRS
SO2 ARMY
MSF C2
SO2 ARMY

OMAN
CIV D
SO3 ARMY
WO RN
HIO 1 C2
CIV D
SO3 RAF
SO2 RAF
HIO 2 C2
CIV E
SO3 RAF
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THE DEFENCE OPERATIONAL LANGUAGES SUPPORT
UNIT IMPLEMENTATION TEAM
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