What does the US Army expect of 21st-century soldiers? Cultural literacy, a set of new skills and abilities outlined below.
Culturally Literate Soldiers :
-Understand that culture affects their behavior and beliefs and the behavior and beliefs of others.
-Are aware of specific cultural beliefs, values, and sensibilities that might affect the way they and others think or behave.
-Appreciate and accept diverse beliefs, appearances, and lifestyles.
-Are aware that historical knowledge is constructed and, therefore, shaped by personal, political, and social forces.
-Know the history of mainstream and nonmainstream American cultures and understand how these histories affect current society.
-Can understand the perspective of nonmainstream groups when learning about historical events.
-Know about major historical events of other nations and understand how such events affect behaviors, beliefs, and relationships with others.
-Are aware of the similarities among groups of different cultural backgrounds and accept differences between them.
-Understand the dangers of stereotyping, ethnocentrisms, and other biases and are aware of and sensitive to issues of racism and prejudice.
-Are bilingual, multilingual, or working toward language proficiency.
-Can communicate, interact, and work positively with individuals from other cultural groups.
-Use technology to communicate with individuals and access resources from other cultures.
-Are familiar with changing cultural norms of technology (such as instant messaging, virtual workspaces, E-mail, and so on), and can interact successfully in such environments.
-Understand that cultural differences exist and need to be accounted for in the context of military operations.
-Understand that as soldiers they are part of a widely stereotyped culture that will encounter predisposed prejudices, which will need to be overcome in cross-cultural relations.
-Are secure and confident in their identities and capable of functioning in a way that allows others to remain secure in theirs.