Survival Level Afghan Language Class (SLAC)

Please call 910.938.6294 for upcoming dates and times.

In 2002, Coastal Carolina Community College offered Survival Level Arabic Courses for Marines deploying to Iraq. In 2009, the program became known as Survival Level Afghan Courses when Coastal began offering Dari and Pashto language training for Marines deploying to Afghanistan.

SLAC Mission Statement

To educate Marines and Sailors in the Afghan Languages and Middle Eastern culture to enable them to function as basic communicators for enhanced mission effectiveness.

Course Objectives

  • Presentation of 150 hours of quality Afghan instruction over a 30-day period.
  • Distribution of classroom instruction over 20, eight-hour class days.
  • Acquisition of a Survival Level comprehension in listening and speaking (0+ on the ILR Proficiency Scale. For more information about proficiency ratings please visit
  • Topics include: grammar lessons, standard greetings, map reading, numbers, time, rendering aid, cultural lessons, and military specific vocabulary.

Registration Information

The II MEF G-3T Office accepts nominations from units for each course and provides registration funding for up to 30 Marine students each class. All students should report to the John A. LeJeune Education Center, Building 825, Room 416, Stone Street, Camp LeJeune.

Instructor Biographies

Ed Paradysz

Ed Paradysz developed the SLAC Arabic program and began teaching it in January 2002. He is a retired Marine who served as an Arabic linguist and Cryptologic Intelligence Analyst. He is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA, and studied Arabic in the National Cryptologic School language program at the National Security Agency in Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. Ed co-developed the SLAC Pashto program and has been teaching it since October 2009. Ed has served in a variety of Middle Eastern countries.