The causal connections between five variables connected to the advising effort and the ensuing combat effectiveness of the partner force: Most importantly, advising force members’ linguistic and cultural training.
The overwhelming majority of interviewees claimed that those abilities were not necessary for creating combat-effective allies. It is more fungible and transferable than is typically believed to speak a foreign language and have experience working with other cultures. SF soldiers who have been taught a language from one region can be sent to another region and quickly pick up local nuances and useful vocabulary. Language proficiency is not the only requirement for developing competent, combat-effective partners; there are other aspects that are more crucial.