PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- An updated version of the previously released Navy Global Deployer application for mobile devices became available for download, Feb. 20.
The app is designed to support Navy personnel and their families stationed or deployed abroad with cultural awareness and language resources
The original app provided material for six fleet concentration areas: Bahrain, Italy, Japan, Spain, the Republic of Korea, and the Philippines. With this update, the Center for Information Warfare Training's Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (LREC) directorate provided additional resources on language, history, geography, people, ethnic groups, religious institutions, societal norms, behaviors, etiquette, and culturally-appropriate behaviors for an additional 21 countries.
With the option of deleting downloaded content and its starting size of 50MB, the updated version is more space efficient than its predecessor.
"We are very excited about the features and content in the second release of the app," said Capt. Bill Lintz, commanding officer of the Center for Information Warfare Training. "It offers Sailors, civilian employees and their family members an improved experience and minimizes space requirements on their device. As an on-demand language and culture learning tool, it makes living, visiting and working overseas better and improves relationships with our vital foreign partners."
User-friendly information on the "LREC Navy Global Deployer" app includes operational cultural awareness training (OCAT) videos, culture cards, etiquette guides, common language phrases, and guides which provide suggestions for how to go about learning a language.
The OCATs are narrated videos providing in-depth information on a country's history, language, social norms, culturally-appropriate and taboo behaviors, and more. The culture cards are guides for a specific country summarizing much of the information presented in the corresponding OCAT. Most include a guide to each country's naval rank structure and insignia. The etiquette guides offer everything from meeting and greeting to cultural values, to the significance of common nonverbal gestures.
The U.S. Navy Sea Warrior Program (PMW 240) produced the app and Tracen Technologies Inc., a company which specializes in integrated mobile and web solutions, was the software developer.
The LREC Navy Global Deployer mobile application is available for download from the iTunes and Google Play online stores. To find the free app, search key words such as "CLREC" and "Navy global deployer" in the app stores or a web browser. Sailors can also find this app and many other Navy apps at https://www.applocker.navy.mil.
The Navy's LREC office delivers foreign language instruction and training on foreign cultures to prepare Navy personnel for global engagements to strengthen ties with enduring allies, cultivate relationships with emerging partners, thwart adversaries, and defeat enemies. Part of the Center for Information Warfare Training, LREC directorate is located at Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station.
Center for Information Warfare Training delivers trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services, enabling optimal performance of information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations.
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