Culture & Region
Expeditionary Culture Field Guides
The Expeditionary Culture Field Guides (ECFGs) are pocket-size handbooks packed with invaluable cultural information. The guides are designed to help US forces achieve mission success in culturally complex environments. Each guide complements other training media, such as online training and hands-on instruction.
The ECFGs use the USAF model for achieving cross-cultural competency (3C). This model encompasses 12 cultural domains that account for every aspect of a society's cultural identity. The guides also are organized in two parts: Culture General (CG) and Culture Specific (CS). CG introduces the foundational knowledge needed to operate in any global environment. CS then addresses the unique cultural features of a particular country and its society.
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The Air Force Culture and Language Center creates and executes language, region and cultural learning programs for Total Force Airmen, and provides the Service with the subject matter expertise required to institutionalize these efforts.