Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC)
Program Information
The Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP) is designed and managed by the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) to sustain, enhance and utilize the existing language skills and talents of Airmen. The goal of LEAP is to develop a core group of general-purpose force (GPF) Airmen across specialties and careers possessing the capability to communicate in one or more foreign languages. To become a participant in LEAP, Airmen must already have moderate to high levels of proficiency in a foreign language specified on the Air Force Strategic Language List (SLL), as measured by Defense Language Proficiency Tests (DLPTs) or Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPIs). The SLL is managed by the Air Force's Language, Regional Expertise and Culture Program Office (AF/A1DV-LRC) at the Pentagon. Interested Airmen should contact their local Test Control Officer to check if their language is on the Air Force SLL. TCOs are usually located with the local Education Office. For more information on the SLL or on language proficiency testing, see the AF/A1DV-LRC A1/DV-LRC information here.

LEAP Selection Boards
Typically, LEAP Selection Boards occur two times each year, once in the spring and again in the fall. The spring Selection Board is for active duty enlisted applicants, while the fall Selection Board will consider active duty officer and officer candidate applicants. A current DLPT or OPI score is required for LEAP application. All LEAP Selection Board schedules are subject to change.
Note: All future boards are contingent upon Air Staff program needs and directives.

Future LEAP Selection Board

Unfortunately, the LEAP office is not accepting applications at this time. Please check back periodically as application and board notifications will be posted here.

AD EnlistedAD OfficerOfficer Candidate
Application CycleSpring Selection BoardFall Selection BoardFall Selection Board
Rank / TISSrA and higher 48 months (TIS) Complete 5-Skill Level Not within 2 years HYT 2d Lt through Lt ColSenior students with a commissioning date scheduled in current academic year
CareerAll GPF (except 1N3 and 1A8) All GPFAll GPF
Required Application DocumentsNominee Comments DLPT/OPI Score Report Performance Reports Academic Transcripts SURF Endorsement Nominee Comments DLPT/OPI Score Report Performance Reports Academic Transcripts SURF Endorsement Nominee Comments DLPT/OPI Score Report Academic Transcripts Endorsement

SSL Category/Rank


SrA to TSgt/2d Lt to Maj

MSgt and SMSgt/Lt Col

Prevalent in the Force (PIF) 1+/1+ 2/2 3/3
Strategic or Enduring 0+/0+ 1/1 2/2

For more information about LEAP, please review the FAQ document below. Please direct questions to the AFCLC Language Division.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Interested in AFCLC training and education? E-mail to AFCLC Outreach Division or call 334-953-7729.