Soldiers worldwide have been ordered to complete a mandatory self-assessment of their foreign language skills after the Army failed to get enough volunteers to participate in a program.

All active, Reserve and National Guard soldiers — even those who speak only English — have until March 15 to finish the assessment, U.S. Army Europe announced in a press release Wednesday.

USAREUR has required its soldiers to take the self-assessment since October 2007, though it was only voluntary for most of the Army. The service extended the mandate to the rest of the force to meet a Defense Department requirement that the services identify personnel with foreign language skills.

"Given the relevance of these skills to our mission, a full accounting of the foreign language capability currently in the force is essential," reads a message posted on the Army Web site Army Knowledge Online.

Less than 10 percent of Army troops have taken the self-assessment since it became available in May 2007.

Soldiers can access the survey through a link on AKO, or through

Civilian employees are also encouraged, but aren’t required, to disclose their foreign language abilities, and can access the survey through the My BIZ Web site at, according to USAREUR.

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