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


    The SOFTS Schoolhouse will be closed on the following dates:

    Monday, October 10, 2016, in observance of Columbus Day.

    Friday, November 11, 2016, in observance of Veterans Day.

    Monday, December 19, 2016 through Tuesday, January 3, 2017, in observance of Christmas and New Years.

  • Welcome to SOFTS Online

    SOFTS courses are starting all the time, if interested contact us and we will help you coordinate.

  • SOFTS Tutoring

    Students interested in additional language practice can participate in tutoring outside of class hours in their regular classroom. To schedule a tutoring session you must coordinate directly with your instructor to schedule a time and your instructor will submit the request on SOFTS Online. All tutoring requests must be submitted at least 2 business days in advance. You will receive a confirmation email from the SOFTS Helpdesk if your tutoring session has been approved. 

  • Attending a USSOCOM CLPM Basic Course?

    The next scheduled consolidated CLPM Basic courses will be conducted 5-9 Dec 2016 at MacDill AFB, and 8-12 May 2017 at Ft Bragg. The next scheduled Advanced Competencies Course will be 25-27 July 2017 at MacDill AFB. If you are an incoming CLPM, please contact Dr. Maurice Pickett, Maurice.pickett@socom.mil or Mr. Joe Shakeenab, joeshakeenab@gmail.com for more information.


  • 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. SOFLO requires that all students enrolled in a class at the ILR Level 1 or higher take an End of Course Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) towards the end of their class for continuation in the SOFTS program. 


    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 End of Course OPIs are not official and will not go on your record. The SOFLO requires that you take the End of Course 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 Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) through your component for the same language that you are taking with SOFTS, you do not have to take the End of Course OPI. However, you will need to provide your official results (i.e. DA-330) to the SOFTS Helpdesk in order to continue your SOFTS training.

    If you are scheduled for a DLPT, you will still need to take the End of Course 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 also take a DLPT, 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. If it is an OPI, the exams need to be scheduled Monday through Friday between 0900-1800ET, but we will work with you to coordinate a time that works for both you and the test tester during the last weeks of class.

    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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