Defense Language Institute Community
Military Units at POM
The academic regimen at DLIFLC is rigorous. Students attend class six hours a day and complete two hours of homework each night. A typical school day covers two weeks of normal college language curriculum, and the typical language course is the equivalent of four to five years of college language training. First-term service members typically share a room in the barracks with telephone service, cable television and internet service available.
See detailed family housing information in the Military Community Services section beginning on Page 18. As parking on the presidio is at a premium, commuting via the free Monterey-Salinas Transit bus service (cost is subsidized by DOT) is highly recommended.
U.S. ARMY: 229TH MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BATTALION
The 229th Military Intelligence Battalion provides Army-ready Soldier linguists. The commander’s priorities include developing leaders; mental, physical and moral fitness (discipline); and teamwork. Battalion Soldiers strive to become linguists for the Army who are Soldiers first and intelligence professionals second to none. The battalion balances military and academic training, maximizing the potential for Soldier success in DLIFLC’s culturally based foreign language education and training. The battalion promotes the Warrior Ethos, lifelong learning and combat readiness, while ensuring the welfare of Soldiers and their families. The battalion encourages agile and adaptive leaders to lead with initiative, courage and discipline and engages the community positively as contributing citizens and neighbors.
On average, 950 Soldiers face challenging language education at any given time during the year. Combined with permanent party cadre, personnel strength exceeds 1,200 Soldiers in the battalion with students enrolled in all of DLIFLC’s language schools. With that, the 229th Military Intelligence Battalion is one of the largest and most diverse battalions in TRADOC.
Six companies comprise the battalion. Each company is responsible for the billeting, discipline, morale and welfare of its Soldiers. Companies A, B, C, D and F provide command, control, training, administration and supply support to Initial Entry Training Soldiers and careerist Soldiers through the rank of staff sergeant. More than 40 percent of the Soldiers attending the Defense Language Institute are Initial Entry Training Soldiers.
Companies A through D and F are organized by the languages their students are learning: Companies A and C are Middle East languages, Company B students are in European and Latin schools, Company D includes east Asian languages and Company F handles central Asian languages. Company B also performs the reception mission, and all Initial Entry Training Soldiers report to Company B immediately following Basic Combat Training. Company E provides command, control, training, administration and supply support to assigned and attached careerist student personnel, including officers and senior NCOs. Company E also coordinates with the foreign area officer program coordinator to enhance foreign area officer assignments, training and administrative support.
In addition to language and military skills training, the Soldiers of the 229th participate in a wide range of intramural athletics and community service activities. For more information, visit https://home.army.mil/montery/Service_Units/229th_mib.html.
U.S. ARMY: HEADQUARTERS AND HEADQUARTERS COMPANY
The primary mission of HHC, DLIFLC and POM is to provide command and control for the installation. This company is composed of permanently assigned Soldiers at DLIFLC and POM — on average, 100 Soldiers. Soldiers that belong to this company include the staff, all Army military language instructors and all support elements at the Defense Language Institute not assigned to the 229th Military Intelligence Battalion.
HHC Soldiers are actively engaged in the administration of the institute as well as teaching the military aspects of language instruction to linguist students from all military services. Military language instructors in HHC teach Arabic (modern and Iraqi dialect), Chinese, Korean, Persian Farsi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and many others.
Some of the support services provided by HHC Soldiers include administrative actions, supply transactions, legal advice, inspector general, equal opportunity, retention and chaplain support. For further details and information regarding HHC, DLIFLC and POM, visit https://home.army.mil/montery.
U.S. MARINE CORPS DETACHMENT
Provide operational, administrative and logistical support for Marine Corps personnel assigned for duty in the Monterey Peninsula area. Coordinate and integrate language training for Marines attending the Defense Language Institute in support of Marine Corps requirements.
MARCORDET Presidio of Monterey is under the command of the Marine Corps Training and Education Command in Quantico, Virginia, and is administratively responsible for more than 700 Marines attending training at the Naval Postgraduate School and the DLIFLC. DLIFLC is the premier language training institution in the nation with standards that surpass all other undergraduate- and graduate-level language study programs in the United States.
The detachment is broken into four companies: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Headquarters. Alpha, Bravo and Charlie companies are organized by language.
All officer students and permanent staff are organized into Headquarters Company, with the exception of the assigned student company commanders.
Officers attending the Naval Postgraduate School are administratively assigned to MARCORDET Presidio. The world-class faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School trains the best and brightest military officers from all services, U.S. government agencies and allied nations on real-world military and defense issues. The Naval Postgraduate School provides its students with the intellectual know-how and practical skills to improve defense technologies, systems and programs. Officers attending the Naval Postgraduate School will spend 18 to 36 months depending on their course of study. The Marine Corps Representative, Naval Postgraduate School is responsible for day-to-day accountability and training for Naval Postgraduate School Marines.
Additional information on MARDET Presidio can be found at www.trngcmd.marines.mil/Units/Northeast/MCIS.aspx.
The Marine Corps Detachment is prepared to receive new-joins 24/7. Normal working hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. During this time, check-in will be conducted at the Detachment S-1. After normal working hours and during the weekend and holidays, check in with the detachment duty NCO in the Marine Corps Detachment, Building 629B. If you experience any problems, you can reach the duty NCO at 831-242-6855. Marines typically share a room in the barracks with telephone service, cable television and internet service available.
Uniform for check-in is Service A for all personnel. Marine Corps uniform items are available in limited quantities at the post exchange, therefore, Marines should attempt to acquire all needed uniform items prior to arrival or seek to purchase any uniform items online. Unlike other services, Marines are not authorized for walking off post in utilities.
U.S. NAVY: INFORMATION WARFARE TRAINING COMMAND – MONTEREY
The mission of the Information Warfare Training Command – Monterey is to develop fleet-ready Sailors who possess the basic foreign language skills necessary to support the nation’s war-fighting and intelligence operations.
Located on the Presidio of Monterey U.S. Army Garrison, the command provides administration oversight of all Sailors attending language courses at the DLIFLC.
The unit consists of about 45 staff and 700 to 800 students. About 20 staff members are from the cryptologic technician interpretive branch, who serve as military language instructors in DLIFLC classes and as well as LPOs and LCPOs in the detachment. The majority of Sailors at DLIFLC are Initial Entry Training students attending Class A school for the cryptologic technician interpretive rating, and approximately 75 officers per year have follow-on orders to Personnel Exchange Program billets or billets for which their community desires them to obtain foreign language skills.
Checking In: Warfare Training Command
Information Warfare Training Command – Monterey maintains a 24-hour quarterdeck for all check-ins in Building 629A. If you experience any problems with your travel en route, you can reach the assistant command duty officer at 831-242-5142. Normal working hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The command occupies five barracks buildings and one administration building.
With the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, there is a Navy Exchange available for Navy and Marine Corps-specific
View the command’s website at https://home.army.mil/montery/Service_Units/IWTC_Monterey.html.
U.S. AIR FORCE: 517TH TRAINING GROUP’S 311TH AND 314TH TRAINING SQUADRONS
The mission of the 517th Training Group is to train Airmen as linguists, develop Airmen skills and instill Air Force values. Airmen
Both squadrons are not only taught a language but also the values and military skills necessary to excel as Airmen and linguists.
Checking In: Military Training Flight
Headquartered in Building 627. On average, about 1,200 Airmen study a language here at any time. Shortly after arrival, inbound personnel will be assigned to a Military Training Flight according to the language they will be learning. The function of the MTF is to provide Airmen readiness training while supporting the language-training mission of the institute. Military training leaders provide guidance to students on military training issues while academic training advisers work closely with the schoolhouses and students to ensure academic needs are being met.
The training squadrons work closely with the language schools to monitor student progress and implement additional language training programs. The 314th provides an introductory course, Jump Start, to all incoming Airmen, and the presidio provides Smart Start and Post Language Training to maximize opportunities for success.
Air Force Uniforms
Regardless of Air Force specialty code, all Airmen are expected to bring uniforms to include the service dress uniform, short-sleeve and long-sleeve blues, Airman battle uniform and battle dress uniforms or flight suits. Airmen will wear the issued camouflage cap with ABUs and BDUs but are not authorized to wear baseball-style caps with ABUs and BDUs.
Graduating Airmen must be in service dress, which is also recommended for those attending graduation ceremonies.
View the POM Air Force website at www.monterey.army.mil/Service_Units/517th.html.