Due to diplomatic initiatives, regional crises and the presence of terrorist networks, the United States armed forces have an increasing need for foreign language skills and specializations. These are some of the catalysts that have prompted the U.S. Navy to invest in a partnership with the language learning enterprise Rosetta Stone.

Ensure your eligibility. You have to be in the United States Navy or Marine Corps in order to access and use their Rosetta Stone resources. There is no way for regular, private sector individuals to do this.

Use a secure server. In order for the Navy to recognize you as a legitimate user of their Rosetta Stone account, the server you are using must be cleared. The information on how to do this will be available through the tech support staff at your base or station. Normal laypeople cannot get into the necessary applications.

Follow the right link. For members of the Navy, it is https://wwa.nko.navy.mil/portal/home/. For those in the Marine Corps, it is http://www.marine-net.com/. Remember, you will not be admitted to either of these sites unless you have the proper security clearance identifying you as a member of the armed forces.

Navigate to Rosetta Stone account. Once you have been granted access to the proper site, you can locate the Rosetta Stone materials. You will be able to pick a language and language level. The Rosetta Stone materials available to the armed forces have been enhanced to suit their specific needs so details as to their exact nature are reserved for authorized individuals and may not fully resemble the product available to the general public.

Items you will need

  • Official passwords and access

  • Active status within US Navy or Marine Corps

  • Secured server/computer

Tip

  • The armed forces, including the Navy and Marines, have keen interest in their members learning global war on terror languages. Thus, if you want to make a greater impact or advance in this area, focus on one or more of the related languages. They include but are not limited to Arabic, Farsi (Persian), Pashto (Afghanistan) and Urdu (Pakistan).