Special Operations Forces Teletraining System

Online Language & Culture Training

What is SOFTS?

The Special Operations Forces Teletraining System is a program that takes advantage of proprietary and commercial off-the-shelf technology to deliver real-time language & culture training to students anywhere in the world, including those who are unable to attend traditional classes at traditional training institutions.

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Who Uses SOFTS?

Any Department of Defense uniformed or civilian person can apply. Classes will only be initiated for SOF personnel, but empty seats can be filled by other DOD personnel. Priority is given to SOF uniformed personnel. If you qualify, feel free to register now.

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In collaboration with the National Virtual Translation Center (NVTC), USSOCOM is now able to provide a common repository for commonly translated documents for the entire DoD community. The SOFTS library contains both source documents and the corresponding NVTC translations.

When do Courses Start?

SOF Command Language Program Managers (CLPMs) may propose a class. The CLPM must have at least two students ready to train, may propose the schedule and other details, and may be asked to pay for the instructor.

SOFTS Announcements

  • SOFTS Tutoring Suspended

    Dear SOFTS Students,

    We are writing to you on behalf of the Special Operations Forces Language Office (SOFLO) at MacDill AFB to inform you that due to lack of funding, weekend tutoring will be suspended until March 2015 effective immediately. This means that any students who are currently in class will not be able to request weekend tutoring sessions until March 2015 and any sessions that have been requested or scheduled for the coming weeks will be cancelled. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the SOFLO anytime at soflanguageoffice@socom.mil. Thank you!

  • Attending a USSOCOM CLPM Advanced Competencies Course?

    The USSOCOM CLPM Advance Competencies Course will be held from 18-20 August 2015, at the NAB Coronado, CA. The goals of this course are to provide the Command's language managers with information, instruction and assistance that will equip them to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their language, regional expertise, and cultural training programs.

    The course materials from the August 2014 course are available to attendees at the following location CLPM Course Materials. Anyone who wants access to these materials need to create a SOFTS account and they will need to contact the SOFTS Helpdesk for access at helpdesk@pecinc.com or 315-214-7311.

    Contact SOFLO at SOFLanguageOffice@socom.mil for more information.

  • Attending a USSOCOM CLPM Basic Course?

    The next Command Language Program Manager basic course is scheduled for May 4-8, 2015 and will be held at the 7th Special Forces Group (A), Duke Field, FL. Contact SOFLO at soflanguageoffice@socom.mil for more information and prerequisites.

  • College credits are now available

    NC State

    SOFTS now can offer college credit for select personnel from North Carolina State University (NCSU). This has been made possible through the Defense Language and National Security Education Office institutional grants for the Language Training Center (LTC) Program.   Read more

  • Required SOFTS OPI Testing

    Attention SOFTS Students

    As you know, the SOFTS Joint Language School is managed by HQ USSOCOM, Special Operations Forces Language office (SOFLO) at MacDill AFB. The SOFLO now requires that all students take the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) for continuation in the SOFTS program.

    FAILURE TO COMPLETE AN END OF COURSE OPI WILL MAKE YOU INELIGIBLE FOR FUTURE CLASSES ON SOFTS

    The OPI is an oral test that is used to determine your current speaking capability in a target language. Proficiency is rated using the ILR scale. For more information about this scale, you can login to SOFTS Online and open the "ACTFL Guidelines" located in the External Links on the left side of the page.

    These OPIs however are not official and will not go on your record. The SOFLO requires that you take the SOFTS OPI as the final exam for your class and it will also help in the future to ensure that each of you get placed into the appropriate class based on your actual proficiency level. Being placed in the right class will benefit your learning experience and place you in class with others at a similar level.

    If you are scheduled for an official OPI through your component for the same language that you are taking with SOFTS, you do not have to take the SOFTS OPI. But you will need to provide your official results (i.e. DA-330) to SOFLO to continue your SOFTS training.

    If you are scheduled for a DLPT, you will still need to take the SOFTS OPI. SOFTS class content focuses primarily on speaking and since the OPI helps to determine what your current speaking proficiency is, those scores are required to ensure appropriate class placement. If you do take a DLPT also, please input those scores during the registration process as they will be taken into account during class placement.

    For most languages, you will have the opportunity to take an OPIc (Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer) and you will able to do so online. For languages where the OPIc is not available, we will work with you to schedule a day and time with an OPI tester. In most cases, we will plan to add an extra session into the class schedule so that you can take your OPIc during the class time. If it is an OPI, in most cases these need to be scheduled between 0900-1800ET, but we will work with you to coordinate a time that works for you and with the availability of the tester.

    Testing will begin with classes that are ending on March 3, 2014 and we will reach out to you soon to begin coordinating a test schedule.

    If you have any questions, please contact the SOFLO at soflanguageoffice@socom.mil or the SOFTS Helpdesk at helpdesk@pecinc.com anytime.

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