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LEAP APPLICATION INFO

LEAP application windows, selection board dates, and eligibility criteria, are advertised annually through the Air Force Portal, the AFCLC public website, and the AFCLC Facebook page.

The AFCLC accepts eligible Air Force and Space Force Active Duty members, United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) cadets, and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) cadets. Application packages include current Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) and/or Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) scores, transcripts, performance reports, training reports, Single Unit Retrieval Formats (SURFs), language training certificates, commander’s endorsement, and/or other documents as specified in the application announcement.

To apply for LEAP, applicants must possess some proficiency in a foreign language specified on the Air Force Strategic Language List (SLL), as measured by DLPTs or OPIs. The SLL is managed by the Air Force's Language, Regional Expertise and Culture Program Office (AF/A1D-LREC) at the Pentagon. Interested applicants should contact their local Test Control Officer (TCO) to check if their language is on the Air Force SLL. TCOs are usually located with the local Education Office.

Selection to LEAP is based on applicants’ existing language abilities, potential to achieve higher levels of language proficiency, and Air Force requirements. The LEAP Selection Board reviews applicant packages to determine which applicants are most willing and able to undertake LEAP education and training with the potential to fill Air Force and/or Space Force language positions and taskings. The AFCLC Director makes selection recommendations to the Air Force Senior Language Authority (SLA) based on LEAP Selection Board results and Air Force LREC office guidance. Upon entry into the program, LEAP scholars are assigned a language based on their documented proficiencies and Air Force and/or Space Force needs. This language is deemed their “selected” language, or Control Language (CLANG).

Eligible candidates may submit applications to the AFCLC within the respective timelines. Applications submitted after the established deadlines will not be considered. Candidates and their commanders will be notified of the results via email approximately 60 days after the selection board convenes. Personnel must submit applications through the LEAP site, LEADeR, accessible through the Air Force Portal.  Service members must have a Common Access Card (CAC) reader and register for an Air University (AU) Portal account to submit a LEAP application.

LEAP Requirements

Benefits of LEAP

#1 - Develop / Maintain Your Language, Regional Expertise and Culture Skills

You are invested in one or more foreign languages through academic study, travel, cultural immersion, growing up in a foreign country, and/or living in a multi-lingual household. Why put your skills on a shelf? Develop and sustain them as a LEAP scholar (see LEAP Spotlight series).

LEAP develops and sustains language and cross-cultural skills in two primary ways:

eMentor: Online synchronous language courses (targeting growth in all four modalities: listening, speaking, reading, and writing), which explore culturally relevant topics and are scheduled on days / times that work with your schedule, taught by gifted and engaging native-level language instructors.

Language Intensive Training Events (LITEs): Periodic temporary duty (TDY) immersions, averaging 30 days, involving classroom learning with other service members (often in a target language country) and / or via Department of Defense sponsored bilateral and international exercises, conferences, or mobile training team events.

The Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) provides flexible scheduling for all courses, working around the LEAP scholar’s schedule, training, and mission needs. The AFCLC understands that career field requirements and technical training take priority.

#2 – Obtain Rewarding Assignments and TDYs

Through LEAP, the AFCLC connects service members to language-designated opportunities and events. Being a part of LEAP distinguishes the service member within their career field and opens doors to:

 • Serving as a Foreign Area Officer (Regular Air Force or Reserve).

• Serving as a Bilateral Affairs Officer in the Air National Guard (ANG) in support of a State Partnership Program (SPP).

• Supporting mobility advisory and security cooperation missions.

• Providing medical advisement and assistance through the International Health Specialist program.

 • Serving as an Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) agent.

• Teaching at schools such as the Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA) and United States Air Force Academy.

• Participating in a Military Personnel Exchange Program (MPEP).

• Contributing through your primary Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) as the subject matter expert on language and culture.

#3 – Earn the LEAP Special Experience Identifier (SEI)

LEAP scholars who attain the required level of proficiency and experience are awarded the LEAP Special Experience Identifier (SEI), which is used by force managers to identify qualified service members for assignments and other opportunities. In addition, the LEAP SEI is used to qualify LEAP scholars for Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus (FLPB) pay. For more information, see AFI 36-4005.

LEAP Cadet Application and Selection

The purpose of this correspondence is to inform commanders and potential applicants of the FY 22 LEAP selection process. Eligible candidates may submit an application during theFY22 LEAP application window (please see above for specific categories and/or dates).Application packages must conform to all requirements and must be submitted on time. This includes submission of the results of a Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) and/or Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), which often takes several months to schedule at a Department of Defense testing facility. Candidates and their commanders will be notified of the results approximately 60 days after the board convenes.

 

LEAP deliberately develops language-enabled, cross-culturally competent service members across General Purpose Force specialties to enhance the application of air and space power and fill global mission requirements.  LEAP selects willing and able Airmen and Guardians, develops and sustains their Language Regional Expertise and Culture skills over the course of a career and postures them for utilization in assignments, contingencies, and deployments.  Please see the Benefits of LEAP Tab on how this program can enhance service members’ careers.

 

To become a LEAP scholar, cadets must meet specific requirements identified in the Eligibility Criteria and Application Instructions (listed below) and compete via a board process. Selection to LEAP is based on an applicant’s academic history; existing language proficiency, intercultural knowledge and cross-cultural experience; the potential to achieve higher levels of language proficiency and Department of Defense language requirements.

 

Eligibility Criteria and Application Instructions

Who may apply:

 

(USAFSA/AFROTC Cadets) USAF officer candidate seniors commissioning in the current academic year via the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) or the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA).

 

Second Lieutenants who commissioned via AFROTC during the previous academic year and who will not have entered active duty as of 12 April 2022.

Application Site:

 

Applying through the Language Enabled Development Resource (LEaDeR) will require use of a Common Access Card (CAC) and Air University (AU) Portal account.

 

USAFA applicants must submit applications through LEaDeR at https://leader.sso.cce.af.mil.  Applicants who need to create or update their AU Portal account will be redirected to the AU Portal upon initial attempt to access the site.

 

AFROTC applicants who do not have a CAC may download a Portable Document Format (PDF) of the application from the AFCLC website at https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/AFCLC/Language-Studies.  To safeguard Personal Identifying Information (PII), AFROTC applicants should provide their complete application to a detachment staff or cadre member for submission via encrypted e-mail to afclc.leap.selection@us.af.mil

 

Application Format: The following documents, saved as PDFs if not completed via LEaDeR, are required for a complete application package:

 

A. Application form (online in LEaDeR or PDF).

 

B. All college transcripts listing all courses taken and the associated grade for each course (unofficial post-secondary copies are acceptable). Certificates from foreign language schools are optional. Transcripts and certificates must be saved upright (not upside down or sideways).

 

C. DLPT and/or OPI score report.  The following guidelines have been updated for FY22, so applicants are advised to read carefully.  Applicants must provide score reports in at least two of the three modalities.

 

  • If Listening and/or Reading tests are available for a given language, applicants must provide scores for both.  If Listening and/or Reading tests are not available for a given language, applicants must provide OPI scores.  Submission of OPI scores is highly encouraged for all languages.

 

  • All Arabic language applicants must provide test scores for Modern Standard Arabic (MSA).  Applicants are also highly encouraged to provide test scores in an Arabic dialect. 

 

•     For purposes of the FY22 Board, scores of 3/3 or higher must have been certified on or after 7 March 2019. Scores of 2+/2+ or lower must have been certified on or after 7 March 2020.

 

•     DLPT / OPI scores of 1 or higher in two modalities are required. Exceptions: Scores of 1+ or higher in two modalities are required for the following languages only:

 

Afrikaans

Haitian Creole

Portuguese Brazilian / European

Danish

Indonesian

Romanian

Dutch

Italian

Spanish

French

Malay

Swahili

German

Norwegian

Swedish

 

  1. The applicant’s Detachment Commander for AFROTC or Air Officer Commanding (AOC) for USAFA should submit an endorsement directly through the LEaDeR site, prior to the closing of the application window. Endorsements will include an assessment of the applicant’s professional qualities and a “push note” statement (maximum 500 characters). AFROTC Detachment Commanders without access to LEaDeR should contact the AFCLC for alternate means of submitting the endorsement at afclc.leap.selection@us.af.mil.

 

  1. Endorsement by a supervisor is optional. For purposes of the LEAP application process, the supervisor may be one of the cadet’s military professors, cadre members, or training instructor.

 

  1. Application Review: The following process will be used to track and determine application eligibility:

 

Step 1 – Once an application is loaded and submitted in LEaDeR, the system will generate a confirmation email with an endorsement invitation to the Det CC/AOC and designated supervisor.

 

Step 2 – The Commander/Supervisor designated by the applicant will receive an automated endorsement reminder on or after 1 March 2022, if required.

 

Step 3 – The AFCLC will review applications to determine eligibility/non-eligibility on or after 10 March 2022. Applicants and their Commanders/Supervisors will receive a status update email.

 

Step 4 – If you do not receive these automated updates by 31 March 2022, your application has not been processed. To ensure your application is considered you must contact the AFCLC at afclc.leap.selection@us.af.mil immediately.

 

NOTE: Applications that contain one or more unreadable or incorrectly aligned (sideways or upside down) documents will be marked "ineligible" for consideration.

 

LEAP Application and Selection Process

Applicable to: All Airmen and Guardians

MPFs: No action required, as this is an online process, except to advise Airmen/Guardians

The purpose of this article is to inform General Purpose active-duty Airmen and Guardians and their commanders of the 2022 LEAP Officer and Enlisted selection process. Eligible candidates may apply during the period of 2 May 2022 thru 15 July 2022. Applications must conform to all requirements and must be submitted on time. This includes submission of the results of a Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) and/or Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), which often takes several months to schedule at a Department of Defense testing facility. The enlisted selection board will take place 16-17 August 2022, and the officer selection board will take place 18-19 August 2022. Candidates and their Commanders will be notified of the results approximately 60 days after the board convenes.

 LEAP is an AFCLC program that deliberately develops language-enabled, cross-culturally competent service members across General Purpose Force specialties to enhance the application of Air and Space power through strengthened partnerships, interoperability, and adversary understanding. The AFCLC selects willing and able LEAP Scholars, develops and sustains their Language Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) skills over the course of a career and postures them for utilization in assignments, contingencies, and deployments. LEAP provides Airmen and Guardians with the education and training required to reach desired proficiency levels and utilize their skills with little time away from their units and positions.

Development

LEAP develops and sustains language and cross-cultural skills through periodic courses. eMentor Courses are online synchronous language courses taught by native-level instructors. Language Intensive Training Events (LITEs) are periodic temporary duty immersions averaging 30 days, involving classroom learning (often in a target language country) with other service members and/or via Department of Defense-sponsored bilateral and international exercises, conferences or mobile training team events. The AFCLC provides flexible scheduling for all courses, working around the LEAP Scholar’s training availability and mission needs.

Utilization

Through LEAP, the AFCLC connects service members to language-designated opportunities and events. Being a part of LEAP distinguishes the service members within their career fields and opens doors to:

 · Serving as a Foreign Area Officer

· Supporting mobility advisory and security cooperation missions

· Providing medical assistance through the International Health Specialist program

· Serving as an Air Force Office of Special Investigations agent

· Teaching at schools such as the Inter-American Air Forces Academy, Inter-European Air Forces Academy and United States Air Force Academy

· Participating in a Military Personnel Exchange Program

 · Serving in other Language Designated Positions

Special Experience Identifier (SEI)

LEAP Scholars who attain the required level of proficiency and experience are awarded the LEAP SEI, which is used by force managers to identify qualified service members for assignments and other opportunities. In addition, the LEAP SEI is used to qualify LEAP Scholars for Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus pay. For more information, see AFI 36-4005.

Eligibility

 

Eligibility Criteria

Enlisted

Officers

Components

Regular Air Force (RegAF) and Space Force

Regular Air Force (RegAF) and Space Force

Ranks

SrA thru CMSgt

Spc4 thru CMSgt

All ranks

Minimum Time in Service (TIS)

4 years as of 16 August 2022

No minimum TIS

Maximum TIS or

Commissioned Service

Applicants who have more than 16 years TIS as of 16 August 2022 will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Applicants who have more than 16 years commissioned service as of 18 August 2022 will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Remaining TIS

Applicants must indicate their intent to remain in the service for an additional two years or more

Applicants must indicate their intent to remain in the service for an additional two years or more

Technical Training

Completion of 5-Skill Level and Career Field Education and Training Plan (CFETP) requirements

N/A

AFSC Exclusions

1N3 and 1A8X1 career fields

16F and 16Z – Foreign Area Officers

 

 

Application

Applying through the Language Enabled Development Resource (LEaDeR) will require the use of a Common Access Card (CAC) and Air Force (AF) Portal account. Applicants who need to create or update their AF Portal account will be redirected to the AF Portal upon initial access attempt. An application submitted via LEaDeR at https://leader.sso.cce.af.mil with the following is required:

a. Responses to four questions (200 words maximum) that address one’s LREC skill development and their plan for further development and utilization of those skills in support of air and/or space missions

b. Single Unit Retrieval Format (SURF)

c. DLPT and/or OPI score report. The following guidelines have been updated for 2022, so applicants are advised to read carefully:

1. If listening and/or reading tests are available for a given language, applicants must provide scores for both. If listening and/or reading tests are not available for a given language, applicants must provide OPI scores. Submission of OPI scores is highly encouraged for all languages.

2. All Arabic language applicants must provide test scores for Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Applicants are also highly encouraged to provide test scores in an Arabic dialect.

 3. For purposes of the 2022 Board, scores of 3 or higher must have been certified on or after 16 July 2019. Scores of 2+ or lower must have been certified on or after 16 July 2020.

4. DLPT/OPI scores of 1 or higher in two modalities are required. Exceptions: Scores of 1+ or higher in two modalities are required for the following languages only:

Afrikaans

Haitian Creole

Portuguese Brazilian/European

Danish

Indonesian

Romanian

Dutch

Italian

Spanish

French

Malay

Swahili

German

Norwegian

Swedish

 

d. Three most recent, signed/finalized Performance Reports (OPR/EPR), Training Reports or combination. To ensure reports are accessible in LEaDeR, applicants MUST print, then scan their Performance Reports into one new PDF document. Otherwise, certain versions of Adobe and/or certain web browsers may prevent board members from successfully accessing the reports through LEaDeR and the application will be rendered ineligible.

e. College transcripts listing all courses taken and the associated grade for each course (unofficial post-secondary copies are acceptable). If an officer or enlisted member has degrees listed on their SURF, they must provide the transcripts for those degrees. Certificates from foreign language schools are optional.

f. An endorsement submitted through the online application site from one’s unit Commander or Director is mandatory. Endorsements by a supervisor are optional but highly encouraged for all applicants. A quality endorsement (push note) highlights the applicant’s professional qualities, standing among peers, academic record, leadership qualities and potential for future growth and development through LEAP. The endorsement (narrative block) is limited to 500 characters.

NOTE: All applications that contain unreadable or incorrectly aligned (sideways or upside down) documents will be marked “ineligible” for consideration.

Selection Process

The annual selection target for officers, enlisted, and cadets is 400 LEAP Scholars based on Air Force Senior Language Authority (SLA) guidance. The LEAP Selection Board consists of leaders who represent a cross-section of LREC specialist, policy and force management communities. Board members review applicant packages and assign a score based on their assessment of the applicant’s attitude, aptitude, and record of performance. The AFCLC develops an order of merit list based on each individual's board score and potential to fill future language requirements, including Language-Designated Positions and low-density languages on the Air Force Strategic Language List (SLL). The AFCLC assigns each LEAP Scholar a "Selected" or Control Language (CLANG) based on the individual’s documented proficiencies and service needs. The SLA is the approval authority for LEAP Selection Board results.

Additional Guidance

For more information on LEAP, please visit the AFCLC’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. Additionally, please contact the AFCLC at afclc.leap.selection@us.af.mil or reference the website at https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/AFCLC/.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

SECTION I - Program Overview

Q:  What is the purpose of LEAP?

A:  The purpose of LEAP is to deliberately develop language-enabled, cross-culturally competent Airmen and Guardians across the General Purpose Force (GPF) specialties to enhance the application of air and space power and fill global mission requirements.  LEAP provides Airmen and Guardians with the education and training required to reach desired proficiency levels with as little time away from their units and positions at a lower cost over an acceptable time period.  LEAP selects willing and able Airmen and Guardians, develops and sustains Language Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) skills over the course of a career and postures them for utilization in assignments, contingencies and deployments.

Q:  Who manages LEAP?

A:  The Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) manages LEAP for the United States Air Force and United States Space Force, to include tracking administrative records, executing training and performing other related tasks.  The AFCLC is organized under Air University and Air War College, located at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.

Q:  How and why did LEAP originate?

A:  In 2005, the Office of the Secretary of Defense released the Defense Language Transformation Roadmap, which charged the services to create a bench of language capable personnel within the GPF.  In 2009, the Air Force Strategic Language Authority (SLA) directed AFCLC to initiate LEAP, a career-spanning program to develop a cadre of Airmen across all specialties with working level foreign language proficiency and cross-cultural competency.  In FY13, LEAP was designated a Program of Record.

SECTION II - Application

Q:  What questions are asked in the LEAP application?

A:  Applicants are required to address the following:

  • What activities or initiatives have you participated in to maintain or increase your foreign language skills?
  • Provide example(s) and key lessons learned from your military experiences and/or personal life that demonstrates your cross-cultural competency.
  • Describe how your LREC experiences have contributed or could contribute to the effective execution of air/space power.
  • List any experience you have using your foreign language in locations outside the US, ideally an experience involving the language/culture in which you are applying to LEAP.

Q:  What should I address in my application comments?

A:  When writing your narrative, address how you have developed your LREC skills and how you intend to further develop and utilize those skills in the future in support of air and/or space missions.  Give examples that demonstrate the use of language and cultural knowledge on an on-going basis.  Explain your motivation for seeking to enhance your language skills, inter-cultural knowledge, and cross-cultural competency.  Give examples of how you think an understanding of other nations’ languages and culture

could contribute to mission success.  Communicate how you see your language(s) and cultural knowledge being a value added resource to the Air Force and/or Space Force.

Q:  How important are the application documents?

A.  Very important.  The application package is the basis on which the board will determine an individual’s candidacy.  Consequently, attention to detail and compliance with directions are critically important.  Both qualities reflect the kind of officer or enlisted member who will excel in LEAP.  Board members have a limited amount of time to evaluate a candidate; errors will lead to ineligibility or lower scores.

Q:  What should my leadership consider when writing my endorsement?

A:  A quality endorsement (push note) highlights the applicant’s professional qualities, standing among peers, academic record, leadership qualities and potential for future growth and development through LEAP.  The endorsement (narrative block) is limited to 500 characters.

Q:  Do I have to take the DLPT to apply to the program?

A:  Yes.  Applicants must possess Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) and/or Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) scores in at least two modalities.  If Listening and Reading tests are available for a given language, applicants must provide scores for both.  If Listening and/or Reading tests are not available for a given language, applicants must provide OPI scores.  

  • For purposes of the FY22 Board, scores of 3/3 or higher must have been certified on or after:

- 7 March 2019 for Cadet

- 16 July 2019 for Officer & Enlisted. 

 

  • For scores of 2+/2+ or lower, they must have been certified on or after:

- 7 March 2020 for Cadet

- 16 July 2020 for Officer & Enlisted.

Q:  Do I have to take the OPI to apply for the program?

A:  The AFCLC highly encourages all applicants to take the OPI, but this is not mandatory unless the applicant is using the OPI as one of their two modalities.

Q:  Why are minimum DLPT/OPI scores established? 

A:  Data has shown that applicants who enter the LEAP with a DLPT/OPI at the 1 level or higher have a greater chance of success in reaching a 2 or higher proficiency level in accordance with Air Force requirements.  Therefore, a score of 1 or higher in two modalities is required for most languages, and a 1+ or higher in two modalities is required for Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Haitian Creole, Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swahili, and Swedish.

Q: How do AFROTC cadets schedule a DLPT?

A: AFROTC cadets, with the assistance of detachment staff, are encouraged to plan and schedule their DLPTs (and OPIs, as appropriate), early in the academic year. AFROTC cadets may take the DLPT at any testing location supported by the US Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). (Note: Test administration may be limited due to COVID-19 or other factors.) As an alternative option, a qualified staff member at their Detachment can monitor administration of the exam. For information on obtaining access to facilitate DLPT administration, the Detachment staff may contact the Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC) at afpc.dsyx@us.af.mil.  

For Officer and Enlisted applicants, contact your Base Education Office for more information related to scheduling DLPT/OPI testing.

Q:  Will the AFCLC consider any of the following:

  • Waiver of eligibility requirements
  • Extensions or submission of application documents after deadline
  • Change of endorsements after deadline
  • Post-deadline edit of one's application
  • Appeals to the board's decision

 

A:  No. The AFCLC will not consider any of the foregoing requests or other similar requests.

Q:  How many times may I apply for LEAP?

A:  Qualified individuals may apply as often as necessary given they meet the program requirements.

Q: I have some derogatory records in my profile. Will this disqualify me from becoming selected for the program?

A: While less than stellar records may not disqualify you from the program, please consider that the selection process is very competitive and your Commander must endorse you. The AFCLC prides itself in selecting Airman/Guardians who will be great ambassadors of the United States with the highest degree of professionalism and character. Note: An Unfavorable Information File (UIF) will automatically disqualify an individual from being targeted as a potential candidate.

 

SECTION III - Selection

Q:  How many LEAP scholars are selected per year?

A:  The AFCLC recruits, selects, and on-boards scholars with the objective of building and sustaining an inventory that exceeds one percent of the active duty force.  The total annual selection target for officers, enlisted and cadets is 400 LEAP scholars per year based on Air Force Senior Language Authority (SLA) guidance.

Q:  Who reviews LEAP applications?

A:  AFCLC staff members review applications to determine compliance with program guidance.  The LEAP Selection Board consists of leaders who represent a cross-section of LREC specialist, policy and force management communities.  Board members review applicant packages and assign a score based on their assessment of the applicant’s attitude, aptitude, and record of performance.

Q:  How are applicants selected for LEAP?

A:  The AFCLC develops an order of merit list based on each individual's board score and potential to fill future language requirements, including Language-Designated Positions and low-density languages on the Air Force Strategic Language List (SLL).  The AFCLC assigns each LEAP scholar a "Selected" or Control Language (CLANG) based on the individual’s documented proficiencies and service needs.  The SLA is the approval authority for LEAP Selection Board results.

Q:  What languages does the board consider for the program?

A:  The Board considers applicants in languages listed on the Air Force SLL.  This document, dated 1 July 2015 describes languages in which the Air Force has requirements authorized in out-years as well as strategic languages of interest.  The Air Force SLL is based on the Department of Defense SLL and is expanded to align with validated Air Force requirements.   The Air Force SLL is For Official Use Only (FOUO) and may be obtained from one's Test Control Officer at each installation education office.

Q:  If I am accepted to LEAP for one of my languages, may I train later in another language?

A:  The AFCLC will consider cross-training LEAP scholars in any language listed on the Air Force SLL by meeting either of two conditions: a) the cross-training language is a low-density language or b) the cross-training language is prevalent in the force and the member’s current or projected assignment requires the requested cross-training language.

SECTION IV - LEAP Commitment

Q:  Are Air Reserve Components (ARC) members eligible to apply for LEAP?

A:  No. For FY22 boards, ARC members will not be allowed to apply via the LEAP board.

Q:  May RegAF LEAP scholars who transition to the ARC participate in LEAP?

A:  Yes.  Regular Air Force members who transition to ARC units can continue in LEAP as ARC LEAP.

Q:  If selected, will the applicant be reassigned or deployed?

A:  The AFCLC does not determine or have any involvement in selecting members for assignments or deployments. However, LEAP scholars may be identified by force managers based on award of the LEAP Special Experience Identifier (SEI). The LEAP SEI identifies Airmen in the Air Force personnel system for filling language-designated positions via assignments, deployments, and TDYs.

Q:  What time commitment is expected of a LEAP scholar?

A:  LEAP is a volunteer program that occurs outside of normal duty requirements. Airmen and Guardians are expected to complete online eMentor courses every 2-4 years, depending on their proficiency level. Courses are delivered in 40-hour and 12-hour modules, with four hours of class every week. The AFCLC offers Language Intensive Training Events (LITEs), averaging 30 days, to Airmen and Guardians who qualify. In order to participate in a LITE a LEAP scholar must first obtain their commander's approval.

Q:  If selected, will the applicant be reassigned or deployed?   

A:  The AFCLC does not determine or have any involvement in selecting members for assignments or deployments. However, LEAP scholars may be identified by force managers based on award of the LEAP Special Experience Identifier (SEI).  The LEAP SEI identifies Airmen and Guardians in their respective personnel systems for filling language-designated positions via assignments, deployments and TDYs.

Q:  What time commitment is expected of a LEAP scholar?

A:  LEAP is a volunteer program that occurs outside of normal duty requirements.  Airmen and Guardians are expected to complete online eMentor courses every 2-4 years, depending on their proficiency level.  Courses are delivered in 40-hour and 12-hour modules, with four hours of class every week when courses are in session.  The AFCLC offers Language Intensive Training Events (LITEs), averaging 30 days, to Airmen and Guardians who qualify.  In order to participate in a LITE, a LEAP scholar must first obtain their commander's approval.

 

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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