By Lori M. Quiller, AFCLC Outreach Team
/ Posted on October 19, 2021
Airmen now have at their fingertips the opportunity to receive credit for having learned the culture of another country while simultaneously responding to the Air Force Chief of Staff’s order of action to understand the nation’s strategic competitors.
This can be achieved by accessing the latest version of the Air Force Culture Guide app from the Air Force Culture and Language Center.
AFCLC Director Howard Ward unveiled version 2.0 of the app to a virtual audience on October 15, 2021, the last day of the 2021 Symposium on Languages, Regional Expertise and Culture at Virtual Air University.
Ward described the heavily updated app as a one-stop-shop for an “accessible, relevant and impactful curriculum” in addition to field guides on culture.
“It’s a delivery method that can deploy a program enterprise-wide, without being tied to the constraints of government systems, which is of particular interest to Total Force Airmen, and it’s designed to accelerate learning how to compete strategically by putting the “world class” of AFCLC in your pocket. ,” he said.
Shortly after its initial release in 2017, The Wall Street Journal recognized the original version as one of the six must-have apps for business travelers.
Changes to the original app include:
- Improved accessibility to AFCLC Expeditionary Culture Field Guides – Users no longer need to download any of the 69 guides to view their content. Touch the block containing the name of the guide to open it. In addition, seven new ECFGs are on the way.
- Accelerated Learning for Strategic Competition – Tap the Course button at the bottom of the screen to view the first new course. The development of cultural competencies is designed to orient the user on what culture is, why it is important and how users can learn more about it as their careers progress. Two more courses will be available soon. These courses will enable each serviceman to individually achieve Air Force Chief of Staff General Charles Q. Brown Jr.’s Charlie Action Order by learning the Fundamentals of Culture for Understanding the opponent. Upon completion of these courses, users will receive a certificate ready to be uploaded to their learning folder, if applicable.
- A video library will soon be available to further enhance learning capabilities on the go.
The app is available through the App Store and Google Play, and is safe for Department of Defense mobile devices. More than 20,000 people already use the application, and for these people, an automatic update to version 2.0 is now available.