Presidio of Monterey Community

Presidio of Monterey
Presidio of Monterey Garrison Command

Presidio of Monterey Garrison Command

  Monterey_2019  The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) and The Presidio of Monterey (POM) Presidio of Monterey Garrison Command


For many years the Presidio of Monterey was a sub-installation of the nearby Fort Ord. When Base Realignment and Closure shut down Fort Ord on Sept. 30, 1994, the Presidio of Monterey became a separate installation under the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. It retained nearly 1,900 units of military family housing and support facilities at the former
Fort Ord, such as Army Community Services, the commissary and post exchange, on what is now known as Ord Military Community.

The Army established the Installation Management Agency on Oct. 1, 2003, to separate the administration of post services and logistics from the senior commander at an installation. At the presidio, a garrison commander (Army colonel) and command sergeant major head up a staff of service directorates that runs all base functions, supporting all tenant units and commands. In 2006, Installation Management Command was created. It is currently headed up by a three-star Army general with its headquarters at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.



DLIFLC provides culturally based foreign language education, training, evaluation and sustainment to enhance the security of the nation.


DLIFLC is regarded as one of the finest schools for foreign language instruction in the nation. Resident instruction provided at the Presidio of Monterey consists of more than a dozen languages and several dialects taught five days a week, seven hours per day, with two to three hours of homework each night. Courses last between 36 and 64 weeks, depending on the difficulty of the language.

The present facilities at the Presidio of Monterey accommodate approximately 3,500 Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen, as well as select DOD members and the U.S. Coast Guard. To attend DLIFLC one must be a member of the armed forces or be sponsored by a government agency.

DLIFLC students are taught by more than 1,800 highly educated instructors, 95 percent of whom are native speakers of the languages they teach. Aside from classroom instruction, faculty members also write course materials, design defense language proficiency tests, conduct research and provide analysis.

To further advance student knowledge in a particular language, DLIFLC has designed an immersion program, which consists of an off-site facility where students spend one to three days in an isolated environment with their instructors and are not allowed to speak English. The facility is equipped with kitchens and sleeping quarters, while the program consists of real-world exercises, from bargaining for food and clothing at a marketplace, to going through customs or making hotel reservations. DLIFLC also sends a number of students on 30-day, in-country immersions.

Nonresident continuing education instruction primarily takes place near the presidio at Ord Military Community in Seaside, California. Intermediate, advanced and refresher courses are conducted at this facility. DLIFLC also maintains language training detachments at numerous sites worldwide, where DLIFLC instructors are assigned to teach language sustainment and enhancement courses at the request of a particular military service.

Instructor mobile training teams travel year-round to deliver from two days to six weeks of training, depending on the needs of the requesting unit. Additionally, DLIFLC instructors teach within the scope of the Professional Military Education System at military schools such as the Command and General Staff College, the Air War College and the Naval Postgraduate School.

To support the general purpose force, DLIFLC produces Language Survival Kits, which are pocket-size pamphlets with CDs designed to be used in the field and range in topics from search and cordon to medical terminology.

DLIFLC also offers a program called Headstart2, consisting of an interactive, 80-hour, self-paced program that teaches basic language, culture, and limited reading and writing. The avatar characters used in this product are designed to function along the lines of today’s interactive computer games. Headstart2 is currently available in nearly 40 languages.

For more information about foreign language materials, please go to


In 2014, the Defense Language Institute Alumni Association, founded in 2001, joined the DLI Foundation. The DLI Foundation is a public-benefit nonprofit corporation in the state of California and is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3). The purpose of the foundation is to promote the institutional advancement of DLIFLC and its alumni by developing, coordinating and promoting programs that attract support and participation of alumni; by offering opportunities for career networking and mentoring; by showcasing DLIFLC academic programs and students, alumni and faculty achievements; by coordinating events, seminars, dinners and speaking tours; and by bringing together alumni in a professional and social setting. For more information, visit


Both Taylor Hall and Rasmussen Hall are on Lawton Road. If you’re arriving during the duty day, go to Taylor Hall (Building 616) at the corner of Lawton and Rifle Range roads near the Franklin Street Gate. After duty hours, go to your respective service duty office.

Pvt. Bolio Gate is open 24/7 for vehicle and pedestrian access. Visitor passes are issued 24/7 for authorized visitors with license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration.


After unit in-processing, all service members will attend the joint service in-processing brief; it is mandatory for all newly assigned military members of all ranks and services. The brief is conducted to provide a one-stop in-processing station to ensure military members process with all installation and community-level agencies. The brief is conducted every Tuesday. It consists of briefings and in-processing stations.

For more information, contact the Directorate of Human Resources, U.S. Army Garrison, Presidio of Monterey, at 831-242-5210/7212 or DSN 768-5210/7212.

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