NATIONAL LANGUAGE SERVICE CORPS
About Us

The National Language Service Corps (NLSC) is a federal program sponsored by the Department of Defense through the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO). Designed to support federal agencies in times of national need, the NLSC provides and maintains a readily available civilian corps of 8,906 volunteers representing over 300 languages. NLSC provides members with the opportunity to join an active community of culturally diverse individuals, utilize language development tools, and use their language skills on mission deployments. Through this free, volunteer program, members who are selected to participate in mission deployments will receive a stipend as compensation for their time and commitment.


Our History

2017 NLSC celebrates over 8,800 Members supporting more than 420 languages. NY REGIONAL CHAPTER 2014 NLSC launches fourth Regional Member Chapter in New York President Obama signs the National Defense Authorization Act which authorizes the secretary of Defense to establish the NLSC as a part of a permanent organization. NLSC LEGISLATED 2013 NLSC launches second regional chapter in Honolulu SECOND REGIONAL CHAPTER 2012 2011 FIRST REGIONAL CHAPTER NLSC launches its first regional chapter in Washington DC 2009 FIRST ASSIGNMENT NLSC's first assignment deploying Members RECRUITING BEGINS NLSC begins actively recruiting Members DoD launches congressionally directed and authorized Language Corps Pilot program. NLSC LAUNCHED FIRST INTERNATIONAL REGIONAL CHAPTER 2015 NLSC launches its first International Regional Chapter in Germany

Frequently Asked Questions

In 2003, Congress tasked the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO), then known as the National Security Education Program (NSEP), with exploring the feasibility of establishing an organization of Americans with skills in critical languages that would serve in times of emergency or national need. NSEP prepared a feasibility study and follow-up planning that led to Congressional action in 2006. In the 2007 National Defense Authorization Act, the U.S. Congress included language directing the Secretary of Defense to initiate a pilot program that established a Civilian Linguist Reserve Corps. The government has since renamed that organization as the National Language Service Corps (NLSC).

In January 2013, President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act which authorized the Secretary of Defense to establish the National Language Service Corps as a permanent organization. The NLSC operates under this authority.
NLSC's parent agency is the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO). DLNSEO provides strategic direction and programmatic oversight to the Department of Defense (DoD), its field activities, and the Combatant Commands, on present and future requirements related to language, regional expertise, and culture.