[lg policy] question about US Army language policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jul 3 16:19:30 UTC 2010

Re: Speaking native language at work in the Army

 Originally Posted by killernurse

Q: Can anyone provide me the regulation/pamphlet/whatever (if it
exists) that all official business must be conducted in English? I
know that I've been told that for years, that we send soldiers to
school to become fluent in English, that we make officers pass English
proficiency (Puerto Rico), but I started looking and so far haven't
been able to find where it's stated. I believe it's a joint regulation
(Army/Navy/AF/Marines) but could be wrong. Thanks for any help in

A: I have, indeed, seen this regulation that you speak of, but I don't
remember what AR it is in. The regulation states that you may speak a
language other than English while at work as long as you're not
talking about ANYTHING work related. The second you start speaking
about something involving work in any language other than English, you
are to speak in English. I remember seeing this regulation in Kuwait
posted by an E-5 who frequently spoke Spanish in the office. Hope this


[The answer may be that there is no 'official' policy on the use of
English, but that it is
simply assumed that English is official (HS)]

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