Actor Rob Riggle (LTC USMC Retired) with Big Jay, Baby Jay and three soldiers

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The 2010 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to establish Language Training Centers (LTCs) at accredited universities to increase training capacity in strategic languages and regional area studies. These centers accelerate the development of foundational or higher-level expertise by leveraging university language and culture programs to meet specifc DoD training needs. The University of Kansas has been a designated Language Training Center since the fall of 2013 and is currently one of only eight such centers operating in the world.

The University of Kansas is a leader in the field of foreign language instruction, boasting five area studies centers and offering more languages than any university between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains. KU is deeply committed to educating military personnel, as evidenced by an ROTC program founded in 1918, a Foreign Area Officer (FAO) program that has been training officers for more than 50 years, and an Office of Graduate Military Programs, created specifically to facilitate advanced civilian educational opportunities for military personnel. The Language Training Center is a continuation of KU's longstanding commitment to educate all of its students, military and civilian, about the important role of language and culture in understanding our world.