Thirty-four soon-to-be-commissioned Florida National Guard cadets and three instructors have begun a Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) programme here, which will see them living, working and having cultural exchanges with Guyana Defence Force cadets.
According to a press release from the US Embassy, the CULP programme which started on July 5 and ends on July 27, is geared towards developing the cultural awareness and foreign language proficiency skills of young leaders of the US military.
Activities will include humanitarian service, military-to-military training, and education on the social, cultural and historical aspects of the community.
According to the release, CULP seeks to build a foundation to support understanding, cohesion, and meaningful partnership between the next generation of US and Guyanese military officers.
The initiative, the release said, is part of an operation to provide the cadets with an opportunity to improve skills required to support global operations.
The CULP programme is being staged for the first time in Guyana this year, after having covered over 40 countries worldwide last year with in excess of 1,200 cadets.
It is a collaborative effort of the Adjutant General of Florida, Major General Emmett Titshaw, US Cadet Command and the US Embassy in Guyana’s Military Liaison Office.