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/A1D-LREC) 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/A1D-LREC A1D-LREC information here. If you have any questions, please review the information below or review the Frequently Asked Questions document.

For more on LEAP, click the link below to download our brochure.

LEAP Brochure

2016 APPLICATION AND SELECTION

LEAP now accepts online applications year-round. Interested candidates must have an existing foreign language skill and should ensure their official military records reflect a current proficiency score. USAF active duty officers and enlisted members are eligible to apply. USAFA and AFROTC students in their senior year are also eligible to apply.

LEAP Important Application Dates:
15 March 2016:  Submission deadline for USAFA/AFROTC application packages
4 – 5 May 2016:  USAFA/AFROTC board convenes
1 August 2016:  Submission deadline for active duty application packages
14-15 September 2016:  Active duty selection board convenes

Applicants must be on an Air Force domain computer with a CAC-reader and an Air University (AU) Portal account to submit a LEAP application. Detailed eligibility requirements and a link to the LEAP application site are available on the AF Portal in the highlights section and also in the Education/Training/Force Development quick links section. AFROTC applicants should contact their Detachment Commander for application and endorsement forms.

Note: All future boards are contingent upon Air Staff program needs and directives.


2016 LEAP USAFA/AFROTC CADET SELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT

LEAP cadet board selection announcements were sent out on 13 Jun 16. All commanders and
cadets have been notified of selection or non-selection.


LEAP Selection Boards

Typically, LEAP Selection Boards occur twice each year. Once in the spring and again in the fall. A current DLPT or OPI score is mandatory 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.


Eligibility Requirements
AD Enlisted AD Officer Officer Candidate
Rank / TIS SrA and higher 48 months (TIS) Complete 5-Skill Level Not within 2 years HYT 2d Lt through Lt Col Senior students with a commissioning date scheduled in current academic year
Career All GPF (except 1N3 and 1A8) All GPF All GPF
Required Application Documents Nominee 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


FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY MINIMUMS (AT LEAST TWO MODALITIES-L/R/S)
Cadet SrA - TSgt or 2d Lt - Maj MSgt, SMSgt or Lt Col
Prevalent in the Forces (PIF) 1+/1+ 2/2 3/3
SLL (non-PIF) 0+/0+ 1/1 2/2

Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
For more information not addressed in the FAQ, please contact AFCLC Language Division.
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