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LEAP - Language Enabled Airman Program

The Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP) is an Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) managed, volunteer program open to Active Duty officer and enlisted Airmen and Guardians in most career fields.  LEAP deliberately develops language enabled, cross-cultural service members across the General Purpose Force (GPF) with working-level foreign language proficiency.  With these skills, LEAP scholars can better support the application of air and space power through strengthening partnerships and interoperability.

To become a LEAP scholar, service members must demonstrate some level of proficiency in a foreign language specified on the Air Force Strategic Language List, receive endorsement from their unit commander, and compete via a board process.  Selection to LEAP is based on applicants’ academic history and job performance, existing language proficiency, potential to achieve higher levels of language proficiency, and Air and Space Force language requirements.

Eligible candidates may submit applications to the AFCLC within the timelines listed below and in accordance with application instructions.  Applications submitted outside the established windows will not be considered.  Candidates and their commanders will be notified of the results approximately 60 days after the selection board convenes.


Candidate Type

Application Window

Selection Board


2 May - 15 July 2022

16-17 August 2022


2 May - 15 July 2022

18-19 August 2022

Cadet 10 Jan - 7 Mar 2022 12-13 April 2022



Contact LEAP

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General Inquiries

Commercial Phone: 334-953-7729

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Need LEAP Support?

If you have questions about applying to Leap please contact our AFCLC LEAP Selection Team.

If you are currently a LEAP scholar and have questions about your record contact AFCLC Language Division.

If you have questions about an upcoming LITE or eMentor contact AFCLC LEAP Admin Support.

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Important Dates

Application and LEAP Board Schedule


Active Duty Enlisted Board Submission Window

  • 2 May - 15 July 2022


Active Duty Enlisted Board Convenes

  • 16-17 August 2022


Active Duty Officer Board Submission Window

  • 2 May - 15 July 2022


Active Duty Officer Board Convenes

  • 18-19 August 2022


Cadet Board Submission Window


  • 10 Jan - 7 Mar 2022


Cadet Board Convenes

  • 12-13 April 2022