NLSC is an initiative of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO)

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Become the Bridge

When you join the NLSC, you become part of a unique community where there are many ways to participate and contribute. Whether you are an interpreter, translator, or cultural expert, we invite you to share your knowledge and experience with fellow NLSC members through social media and regional events.

Not sure what region you fall under? Log onto the Member Portal to find your region and regional coordinator. If you’re not already a member, apply today to connect to fellow language professionals.

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Regional Events

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If you are a member and missed an event, no need to worry! Join our member-exclusive Facebook group for full access to recordings of previous regional events and information seminars.


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What’s Your Story?

Every NLSC member has a story to tell about their passion for language. We hope you find these stories inspiring!

Have a story to share? Log onto the Member Portal to learn more about how you can share your experiences with fellow members, as well as read about theirs!

Monica V.
Mid-Atlantic Region

Shortly after I became an NLSC member, an international law enforcement agency in DC needed help to reduce their translation backlog. The NLSC provided a team of Spanish linguists to translate arrest warrants. Shortly after joining the team, I realized that my help was integral to enabling onsite mission areas and related law enforcement arms to do their jobs. I distinctly remember that one document that the NLSC team translated revealed information that initiated several events and led to the apprehension of an internationally sought-after criminal. This was a moment of pride for me and the rest of the NLSC team of translators. The NLSC was able to provide the assistance required to catch an international criminal before he fled the country.

This is the impact that the NLSC strives to achieve: to provide the necessary help to serve the country through their members. NLSC members are dedicated to giving our best to the country. When we are called on, we respond with our language skills, cultural knowledge, and professional expertise to help U.S. Government agencies fulfill their missions. It is a profound honor to be a member of the NLSC.


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U.S. State Department resources about cross–cultural communication and answering sensitive questions about American life and culture when abroad
Culture Field Guides

U.S. Air Force Culture and Language Center guides to help U.S. forces succeed in culturally complex environments

Defense Language and National Security Education Office's collection of language study and culture training resources
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Yellow Book

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U.S. Government guidance for safe and healthy international travel
Traveler’s Checklist

U.S. State Department's advice for safe travel, including warnings and insurance recommendations
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

A U.S. State Department program that allows U.S. Citizens to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate while abroad
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