MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Alabama —
The Air Force Culture and Language Center recently added Intro to Japan and Intro to Iraq lessons to its free Culture Guide mobile app.
Airmen and Guardians will receive a Certificate of Completion ready to upload to their learning record for credit upon completing a course.
“While our Iraq course was already widely used by Airmen through myLearning, it is now fully accessible to any service member of any branch,” said AFCLC Director Howard Ward. “In addition, through our new Japan course, Airmen and other services within U.S. Forces Japan can enhance their ability to interoperate with their Japan Air Self-Defense Force counterparts. This interactive course is of great benefit to our members and their families.
Each course provides basic cultural knowledge of each country, unrelated to government information technology platforms.
The new Introduction to Japanese Culture course consists of two learning segments. The first part looks at the overview of the concept of culture, social behaviors and how the 12 domains of culture are defined. In the second part, the student uses the 12 domains of culture to understand the cultural norms of Japan, thus enriching his understanding of the Japanese people and society.
The Introductory Iraq Culture Course is a modified version of the USCENTCOM Culture-Specific Iraq Course currently available on the Air Force myLearning system. This course helps provide a foundational education on how an awareness of the fundamentals of Iraqi culture influences and achieves mutually beneficial results through cross-cultural interaction.
In addition to these two courses, the mobile app also hosts three other educational courses with certificates – Developing Cultural Competence, Introduction to Russia and Introduction to China; a constantly updated video library with content on various geopolitical topics; and an online database of expeditionary cultivation field guides for over 70 countries.
The Culture Guide mobile app is available in the App Store and Google Play and is safe for Department of Defense devices. Over 27,000 users are already using the tools and resources available in the app. For more information, visit https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/AFLCC/.