Linguist Enhancement Course - Introduction
PLTCE is the theater proponent for language training. PLTCE had its humble beginnings as a 4-week accelerated Russian review course in the summer of 1978. Today, PLTCE incorporates 5 week Language Enhancement Courses (LEC) in Arabic, French, Persian-Farsi, Russian, 5 week Gulf (Iraqi) Dialect, Levantine Dialect, and Moroccan Dialect courses; Specialized Language Programs (SLP), and English as a Foreign Language course (ESL).
The primary mission of the LEC program is to provide refresher training to linguists in all services of the US Military as well as NATO commands. PLTCE also provides support to individual command language programs.
The Marshall Center is located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Munich lies approximately 70 kilometer/42 miles to the north, and the Austrian Border is 15 kilometers/9 miles to the South.
Region and Climate:
Garmisch-Partenkirchen lies in the Loisach River valley within the Bavarian Alps at an altitude of 2640 feet. From the town there is a clear view of Germany’s tallest peak, the Zugspitze (2962 meters/9731 feet). Temperatures range from the teens (Fahrenheit) in wintertime to the high 80s in the summer. Rain is common throughout the year, and the first snows usually arrive in late October.
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