Project GO (Global Officers), originally titled the ROTC Language and Culture Project, is a Department of Defense initiative aimed at improving the language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of future military officers. Administered by the Institute of International Education on behalf of the National Security Education Program and the Defense Language Office, Project GO provides institutional grants to 25 U.S. universities across the country, including five of the six Senior Military Colleges. Working in support of Army, Air Force, and Navy ROTC strategies and policies, Project GO facilitates collaborative efforts among universities and between universities and ROTC leadership.
Since 2007, Project GO has provided approximately 2500 domestic and overseas summer scholarships to ROTC students for critical language study. Grant funding has provided over 860 domestic and overseas summer scholarships to ROTC students for critical language study. Grant funding has also supported university infrastructure in the critical languages and created venues for communication amongst ROTC leadership and university personnel.
Project GO funds generally support direct student scholarships, program coordinators, language instructors, curriculum development, and outreach initiatives to support existing language programs. Some Project GO institutions also use their funding to provide academic year tutoring, offset additional study abroad costs during the academic year, or host guest speakers on cultural topics.