The Language Enabled Airman Program is designed and managed by the Air Force Culture and Language Center 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 Airmen across specialties and careers possessing the capability to communicate in one or more foreign languages.
FALL 2014 APPLICATION PERIOD AND SELECTION BOARD
The fall 2014 application period is July 15-Aug. 22. Active duty enlisted, officer and officer candidate students in their senior years may apply online during this period. Applicants must register their intent to apply by Aug. 8. Please review the complete eligibility requirements and application instructions below prior to registering your intent to apply. The selection board for LEAP will convene at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., in mid-September to review and select applicants. A Facebook chat to answer questions about applying will be held July 24 at 1 p.m. CDT on the AFCLC Facebook page.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS/WHO CAN APPLY DURING THE FALL 2014 APPLICATION PERIOD?
USAF Active Duty (AD) Enlisted Airmen (excluding 1N3 and 1A8 career fields) with at least 48 months Time in Service (TIS), rank of Senior Airman (SrA) through Senior Master Sergeant (SMSgt), completion of all 5-Skill Level and Career Field and Education Training Plan (CFETP) requirements, and not within two years of High Year Tenure (HYT) are eligible to apply.
USAF AD Commissioned Officers
USAF Officer Candidates with a commission date scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year. Cadets not career designated should understand that participation in LEAP may influence their ultimate career paths and/or assignments. Additionally, their chosen language may change to accommodate demand signals from career field functional managers and needs of the Air Force.Â Involvement in LEAP will in no way preclude participation in any rated Air Force program (pilot, navigation, etc.).
Applicants must possess an existing foreign language skill as demonstrated by a current Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) or Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) score. DLPT or OPI scores must be from September 2013 or more recent. Proficiency score minimums for Prevalent in the Force (PIF) languages are 1+ for Cadets, 2 for SrA - TSgt/2d Lt - Maj, and 3 for MSgt. SMSgt/ Lt Col. Proficiency score minimums for Strategic and Enduring languages are 0+ for Cadets, 1 for SrA â€“ TSgt/2d Lt - Maj, and 2 for MSgt, SMSgt/Lt Col. For more information on the Strategic Language List categories please contact your local Test Control Officer.
Applicants must have a superior performance record (no derogatory information such as referral performance reports, UIF, control rosters, etc.).
Applicants must notify his or her immediate supervisor and commander of intent to apply for LEAP prior to submitting an application.
Applicants are required to submit academic transcripts and should demonstrate scholastic achievement. The AFCLC recommends an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.
A Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) score is optional, but may be considered during the LEAP Selection process. The DLAB score is an indicator of an aptitude to learn additional languages in cases where retraining is necessary and possible.
Applicants who meet all of the above eligibility requirements will need to register their intent to apply with the LEAP office and complete an online application. Additionally the following documents must be provided in PDF format. Documents must be readable. Documents electronically converted to a PDF format (e.g., Word file saved as a PDF) are preferred over a scanned PDF.
- Online Application
- DLPT and/or OPI Score Report [PDF]
- Single Unit Retrieval Format (SURF) (AD Only) [PDF]
- Three most recent Performance Reports (OPR/EPR), Training Reports, or combination (AD Only) [PDF]
- University Transcripts (All post-secondary education, unofficial copies are acceptable) [PDF]
- Certificates from accredited foreign language schools (optional) [PDF]
- Endorsement Survey
Please note: An Endorsement Survey will be sent directly to the commander and supervisor identified on your application. Please confirm that the persons identified are available to receive and complete a brief endorsement via email prior to the dates listed below.
Any item received after the NLT dates listed below will not be eligible for consideration at the
Fall 2014 LEAP Selection Board.
8 Aug: NLT date to register for LEAP application
22 Aug: NLT date to complete and submit online application and required documents
5 Sept: NLT date for endorsement submission
17-19 Sep: Selection Board members review eligible applicant records
31 Oct: Approximate release date of Selection Board results, dependent on higher HQ approval
THE FIRST STEP: REGISTERING YOUR INTENT TO APPLY
Qualified applicants must first register their intent to apply with the LEAP office. To register intent, click the “register” button below. LEAP administrators will e-mail registered applicants a link to an online application and further instructions. After the online application is submitted, LEAP administrators will send an endorsement survey directly to the immediate supervisor and commander identified in the online application. Applications are only considered complete after the program administrators receive the online application form, all required documents, and the supervisor/commander endorsement survey.
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