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BRAC by the numbers

Today’s number is 21, the number of international military students on post learning more about American life from American families.

These students are making history as they represent the first international military officers to participate in a prep course offered as part of the Maneuver Captains Career Course at Fort Benning. The class started Monday.

The last MCCC class at Fort Knox, Ky., will be taught in June and the international military student office will close there. That will bring more international students to Fort Benning to complete leadership courses. As the number of international military students enrolled in the MCCC doubles, the need for host families will increase, said Ms. Mary Renteria, field studies program manager.

Many of the students are in mid-career and range in age from 30 to 40. Some are married and bring their families with them. The students attending the MCCC prep course come from Armenia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Croatia, Georgia, Jordan, Korea, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, Swaziland, and Taiwan.

Hosting a family from a country abroad can offer authentic learning experiences, Ms. Renteria said. Learning more about America and another’s culture can be as simple as inviting a family to share a meal, a child’s birthday, or a holiday. To learn more about becoming a host family, call ISTD at 706-545-2442.The next MCoE Community Update is 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at the National Infantry Museum.