Language Enabled Airman Program

The Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP) is designed and managed by the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) to sustain, enhance and posture for utilization 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. If you have any questions, please review the information below or review the Frequently Asked Questions.

  • Application Process & Selection

    LEAP is no longer accepting applications year-round. Specific application windows and board dates will be published on this page

    per program needs. Please check frequently for updates to these dates. 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.

  • Eligibility Requirements

    Active Duty Enlisted Requirements



    SrA and higher 48 months (TIS) Complete 5-Skill Level Not within 2 years HYT



    All GPF (except 1N3 and 1A8)


    Required Application Documents

    Nominee Comments, DLPT/OPI Score Report, Performance Reports, Academic Transcripts, SURF, Endorsement



    Active Duty Officer Requirements



    2d Lt through Col



    All GPF


    Required Application Documents

    Nominee Comments, DLPT/OPI Score Report, Performance Reports, Academic Transcripts, SURF, Endorsement



    Officer Candidate Requirements



    Senior students with a commissioning date scheduled in current academic year



    All GPF


    Required Application Documents

    Nominee Comments, DLPT/OPI Score Report, Academic Transcripts, Endorsement

  • Foreign Language Proficiency Minimums

    (at least 2 modalities-L/R/S)

    Cadet Minimums


    Prevalent in the Forces (PIF) - 1+/1+


    Strategic Language List (non-PIF) - 0+/0+



    SrA -TSgt or 2d Lt - Maj Minimums


    Prevalent in the Forces (PIF) - 2/2


    Strategic Language List (non-PIF) - 1/1



    MSgt, SMSgt or Col Minimums


    Prevalent in the Forces (PIF) - 3/3


    Strategic Language List (non-PIF) - 2/2

LEAP Announcements

Special Project Course

Russian, Tuesday April 25, 2017 1230-1330 CT (1330-1430 ET)

Arabic, Tuesday April 25, 2017 1230-1330 CT (1330-1430 ET)

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Important Dates

Senior Cadet LEAP Application Window

1 January - 1 April 2017--CLOSED


Senior Cadet LEAP Selection Board

18 May 2017


Active Duty LEAP Application Window

1 April - 1 August 2017


Active Duty LEAP Selection Board

13 - 14 September 2017

eMentor Special Project Course Presentations


eMentor training provides live, on-line language courses for LEAP participants to sustain their bilingual skills with professional language instructors and other LEAP participants.


Advanced LEAP participants are permitted to take eMentor’s Special Project Courses (SPCs). SPCs provide these advanced participants with a self-directed learning environment where they use their language skills to engage in high-level learning on topics of their own interest, deepening their knowledge about a particular field and improving their linguistic proficiency. At the conclusion of the SPC, LEAP participants provide final presentations in their LEAP language on their chosen topic through the eMentor Online Virtual School.


To view upcoming SPC presentations please go to The password is 5327. During the presentation you will have the ability to ask questions through the moderator via the Virtual School chat feature. Although the link works from most computers, it is recommended to contact the eMentor Helpdesk at (315)-214-7340 or prior to viewing the SPC to ensure your computer system and bandwidth are adequate.

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Last Updated: February 17, 2017