[lg policy] US Army foreign language regulation update emphasizes proficiency

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Fri Mar 4 16:14:25 UTC 2016

Army foreign language reg update emphasizes proficiency
Jim Tice <http://www.armytimes.com/staff/27679/jim-tice/>, Army Times 4:45
p.m. EST March 3, 2016
[image: Foreign language proficiency pay]

(Photo: Brian Lamar/Army)

The Army’s principal regulation for the management of military and civilian
linguists has been updated, to include several policy changes affecting
foreign language proficiency pay.

The change to the rule, AR 11-6 <http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/r11_6.pdf>
(Army Foreign Language Program), was published Feb. 18, and will take
effect March 18. It incorporates the major policy changes included in the
Jan. 8 version of the regulation.

Included in the update are provisions that require active Army commanders
to initiate personnel flagging actions on soldiers who fail to achieve the
minimum score on the Defense Language Proficiency Test after taking
remedial training.

Soldiers whose records have been flagged generally are not eligible for
career-enhancing personnel actions, such as promotion, re-enlistment and
school attendance.

The same provision of the regulation requires that reserve component
commanders change a soldier’s military occupational specialty to 09U (not
qualified in MOS) after they fail their post-remedial DLPT.

The update defines policies relating to foreign language proficiency
bonuses for special operations soldiers (CMFs 18, 37 and 38), and
Army-funded English language training for heritage and native-speaking
soldiers in military intelligence specialties and MOS 09L, the specialty
for native interpreters and translators.

The regulation update stipulates that commissioned officer area of
concentration 35F, human intelligence, is considered a language-dependent
specialty for foreign language proficiency bonus purposes. The change
addresses an earlier administrative error that resulted in all Branch 35
(Military Intelligence) specialties being designated as language-dependent
for bonus purposes.

The new policy also clarifies policies governing the award of foreign
language proficiency bonuses to Army civilians.


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