American and Greek Army Officer Cadets Train Together to Increase Interoperability and Cultural Understanding

August 4, 2014

Athens — Thirty-three U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets travelled to Greece this summer for two weeks of training alongside their Greek military counterparts.  In the process, the future Army officers learned new military tactics, saw diverse leadership styles, and experienced Greek culture firsthand.  Their military training included field exercises, marksmanship competitions, and zodiac boat operations in the Aegean Sea.  See an exciting video overview of the training at:

During the summer of 2014 more than 1,400 Army cadets, all of whom are also full-time university students, travelled to over 40 countries as part of the U.S. Army’s Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency program.  These programs immerse cadets in foreign languages, cultures, and socio-economic situations to increase understanding and interoperability among partners and allies.

While this program has been ongoing for three years, 2014 was the first year it was conducted with the Hellenic Armed Forces.  The United States and Greece partnered for the cadet training as one more facet of our strong bilateral defense relationship.  By continuing joint training at all levels between our two nations, we improve joint interoperability and readiness.  The militaries of the United States and Greece work closely together through NATO, from stabilization efforts in the Balkans to improving maritime security.