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Defense Language Institute and National Cryptologic School Agreement Helps U.S. Service Personnel Earn Associate Degree

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On June 11, 2019, the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) and NSA’s National Cryptologic School (NCS) entered into an agreement that enables U.S. service members to apply NCS completed coursework toward an Associate of Arts in Foreign Language degree from DLIFLC. Under the terms of the agreement, eligible students may receive credit for one three-credit NCS course in each of the following general education areas: writing, mathematics, and technology. 

DLIFLC is the U.S. Department of Defense’s school for foreign language education and training, providing classroom instruction, mobile training teams, and online materials tailored for students at all levels of required proficiency. The institute is attended by military members of all four branches of the armed services and by civilians sponsored by their agencies.

"DLI students continue to amaze me every single day with the level of their aptitude and desire for advanced learning,” said DLIFLC Commandant, Col. Gary Hausman. “This agreement provides DoD linguists with an additional opportunity to receive advanced learning credit and will advance the academic experience of the DoD workforce."

“This agreement reflects NSA and DLI’s commitment to a mission-ready workforce and validates that the education earned during military professional training has met rigorous education standards,” said NSA NCS Commandant Diane M. Janosek. “It’s a win-win for service members and our nation, which benefits from a well-rounded, well-educated national security and cyber workforce.”

NCS’s agreement with DLIFLC is part of NSA’s Accelerated Degree Program, which enables military and civilian agency personnel to earn college credit at low or no cost. Participating colleges and universities include Angelo State University, Augusta University, Capitol Technology University, Dakota State University, Drexel University, University of Texas San Antonio, University of West Florida, and University of Maryland.  

Opened in 1965, NSA’s NCS develops and delivers curriculum in cryptology, cybersecurity, language, and leadership for agency employees, as well as the Central Security Service, the U.S. intelligence community and armed services.