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LREC Eyes 

Effective communication enabled through awareness of foreign cultures, regional expertise, and skill in foreign languages. 




Navy's Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) Capabilities

Foreign language proficiency, regional expertise, and cultural capabilities are critical competencies essential to DoD and Navy operations.  Navy's LREC program is part of the DoD-wide program, and managed to maximize LREC capabilities through recruitment and accession policies, skill development, maintenance, enhancement, employment, and incentivizing of skills aligned to mission needs.


Navy LREC Office

Navy's LREC office (OPNAV N13F) enhances these skills across the Fleet by:

  • Building sufficient LREC capacity to meet mission needs.
  • Aligning LREC capabilities with operational requirements.
  • Maximizing opportunities at existing education and training structures, leveraging ethnic diversity, rewarding language proficiency.
  • Developing agile, responsive LREC plans and policies to deliver the best return of investment.

 N13F Programs

LREC Training and Education

Foreign Area Officer (FAO) Community Professional Development

Personnel Exchange Program (PEP) Management

Asia-Pacific (APAC) Hands

International Cooperative Administrative Support System (ICASS) Administration


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