Chinese, Russian or Arabic language program additional $1,250?

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  1. gojack

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    My DS asked for more info, and received an response from Ole Miss AROTC.
    Part of which reads:

    "If you are in the Mandarin Chinese, Russian or Arabic language program you will receive additional stipend of $1,250 per semester if you maintain a “C” average in your language classes."

    Is this an Army program or specific to Ole Miss?
    If its Army wide, does anyone have a link to it?

    Thanks
     
  2. goldfarb1

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    Its Army wide. AFROTC does it as well. Both have been doing it for about two years now. Not sure if NROTC does.

    Here is a link to a news release:
    http://rotc.military.com/rotc/news-article.jsf?aid=174302&cms=1

    And btw, that will definetly not be an easily earned $1,250. I have personal experience with arabic, and can tell you that it is one hard language. I don't know much about Russian, but I would steer clear of Mandarin. There are other language options, so I would look into those as well. Obviously if Ole Miss doesn't have the language it wouldn't work.
     
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  3. singaporemom

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    This is an AROTC program. The AROTC unit will need to help your son with the paperwork. The first year my son took Chinese, it took the entire school year to get the stipend. I dont know if he ever got it for the second year. It is a lot of paperwork, and was a new program, which makes things difficult. But it is probably smoother now than before. It is the CULP program (Culture Language Program), but I cannot find the link.

    Another program to look into is to see if the AROTC still offers strategic language and culture program in the summers. 10 units of strategic language credit (son took Russian). This program was administered at Indiana University, but it may have expanded to other schools. You do not have to be a student at IU, that's just where it was. The two summers my son did this program, 25 cadets were chosen throughout the country. It was in it's trial, so please check to see if it's still available.

    Here is the link: http://www.iub.edu/~rotcslcp/application.html

    Ir's showing that this is from 2009... you can email or call the director of the program for updated information.

    Cadet would take 10 units in summer and then continue at home university for the next year.
     
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  4. gojack

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    Looks like Arizona State has something similar?
    http://cli.asu.edu/cli_plus
     
  5. goldfarb1

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    They also send cadets to the Defense Language Institute. I know they did this at North Georgia. My guess is some other units probably do as well. Just a guess though.
     
  6. educateme

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    Am I assuming correctly that you don't have to MAJOR IN one of these languages to qualify for extra stipend? Perhaps taking X number of courses in one of these languages per semester qualifies a cadet to receive this (X to be determined and approve by Army).

    My son wants to study Arabic and there is a possibility that during the summer before college he may go to Middle East for total emergence language training... If he does that, will that qualify?
     
  7. gojack

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    Once I had the correct name of the program, thanks to goldfarb1;
    (The Critical Language Incentive Pay Program CLIP)
    I found this:
    Link and Link

    Which make it clear this is to promote learning a critical language, not getting a degree in a language.

    Army Regulation 11–6 Army Foreign Language Program (chapter 6) on the Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus is fairly complex, and calculates level of proficiency and which language(s) to calculate a monthly bonus. It appears that it varies from $125-$400/month per language to a max of $1000/month for multiple languages, providing an financial incentive to continue to improve language skills.

    BTW: Summer, overseas, and total emergence language training can be paid for through this program

    Paid to study a language , paid to maintain and improve a language during career...gottaloveit:thumb:
     
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    hmm...I have five credit hours of Arabic first quarter. I'll have to check into this.
     
  9. gojack

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    Best link found so far on CLIP

    Here: (PDF)

    Pages 34-41 cover CLIP in detail, which courses qualify -
    (not just language courses, but related culture classes also)
    and how to calculate pay.
     
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    This is very good info. Thanks!

    My son just dropped a history course he hated and picked up Russian. I wonder if he was aware of the CLIP. I'm going to pass it along.
     
  11. czs21

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    If you are open to all three languages and other opinions toward which ones is the easiest, I'd say pick Russian. It is a new language, but similar to English. New alphabet, but with some of the same sounds and letters. It just makes it so much easier to learn. But due to the seperate alphabet, it's not easy to carry over English language habits to Russian. Just my 2.1 cents. Also, I am learning Russian on my own with the help of a Native speaker neighbor which is why I'm biased.

    Dasvidania(I don't have a Cyrillic keyboard haha)!
     
  12. gojack

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    Try These: Link or Link
     
  13. commanderajb

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    I would just like to say that all 3 languages are going to be difficult. I would also like to note, that contrary to popular belief, Mandarin Chinese is not difficult to learn. Where the writing might be difficult at first, with a good teacher, it is easy to pick up. The speaking portion is actually one of the easiest on Earth with little to no grammar. Russian, regardless of it's similarities to English is extremely difficult to learn. This is due to NUMEROUS conjugations (Think Spanish except multiplied by several times). Arabic provides a challenge for people who have problem's pronouncing even terms in their own language. A simple sentence in Arabic can be a tongue twister.

    It is my recommendation that people looking into the language program take Chinese Mandarin.
     

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