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

LEAP is accepting applications year-round beginning on 15 April 2015. Active duty enlisted and officer applications must apply NLT 17 August 2015 for the 2015 selection cycle. Applicants must already have an existing foreign language skill and should ensure their official military records reflect a current proficiency score. Officer candidate students in their senior year are also eligible to apply during this time, but will be considered in the 2016 cycle.

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.

LEAP Selection Boards
Typically, LEAP Selection Boards focus on either active duty enlisted applicants or active duty officer and officer candidate applicants. 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

Cadet SrA - TSgt or 2d Lt - Maj MSgt, SMSgt or Lt Col
Prevalent in the Force (PIF) 1+/1+ 2/2 3/3
Enhancement or Sustainment 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.
LEAP is now accepting applications year-round, Click here to learn more.
Introduction to Culture (ITC) Fall Enrollment Window will be Sep. 15 - 28, 2015. For more information on AFCLC - CCAF courses, click here.
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Cross-Cultural Communcation (CCC) Winter Enrollment Window will be Oct. 13 - 26, 2015. For more information on AFCLC - CCAF courses, click here.
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Interested in AFCLC training and education? E-mail to AFCLC Outreach Division or call 334-953-7729.