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The Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP) is designed and managed by the AFCLC.  LEAP deliberately develops a core group of language enabled, cross-cultural Airmen across the General Purpose Force (GPF) with working level foreign language proficiency per Air Force Instruction (AFI) 36-4001, Air Force Language, Regional Expertise and Culture Program.  With these skills, Airmen can better support the application of airpower through strengthening partnerships and interoperability. 
Participation in LEAP is voluntary and available for Active Duty officer and enlisted Airmen & select Reserve officers.  To become a LEAP scholar, Airmen must demonstrate 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’ existing language proficiency, potential to achieve higher levels of language proficiency, and Air Force language requirements.
LEAP develops and sustains Airmen via a two-part system of recurring online training and periodic immersions.  Online eMentor courses are a LEAP requirement, and participants are encouraged to complete a course within the first 18 months of selection to the program.  The hands-on immersion component - Language Intensive Training Events (LITEs) - is contingent upon participant availability and home station approval.  
LEAP scholars may earn the LEAP Special Experience Identifier (SEI) upon meeting eligibility criteria which may qualify them for Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus (FLPB) pay and other language-related opportunities.  The LEAP SEI is used by force managers to match Airmen with language dependent assignments, deployments, and TDYs, with roles that include international affairs, security cooperation, mobility advisory, and special operations.  Other benefits to LEAP membership include access to social media, networking tools, and mentoring from senior LEAP scholars and Foreign Area Officers (FAO).

A. USAF officer candidate seniors commissioning in the current academic year (AFROTC/USAFA).


B. RegAF Active Duty (AD) Commissioned Officers (excluding 16F-Foreign Area Officers).


C. RegAF AD Enlisted Airmen (excluding 1N3, 1A8X1 career fields) with at least 48 months of time in service (TIS) as of 28 August 2019, rank of Senior Airman (SrA) through Senior Master Sergeant (SMSgt), completion of all 5-Skill Level and Career Field and Education Training Plan (CFETP) requirements.


D. All applicants must not plan to separate within two years.



A. Applicants must possess a current Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) or Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) score as of board.  Scores of 3/3 or higher are valid for two years and 2+/2+ or lower are valid for one year from certification date. There are no minimum scores required to apply. See AFI 36-4005 for additional information regarding DLPT and OPI currency requirements.

B. Applicants must have a superior performance record. (No derogatory information, referral performance reports, UIF, control rosters, etc.)

C. Applicants that are officer candidates or commissioned officers are required to submit all collegiate academic transcripts and should demonstrate scholastic achievement.  Enlisted applicants are encouraged to submit transcripts but not required.

D. Applicants with over 16 years total active federal military service will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

RegAF Active Duty and USAFA applicants must submit applications through the LEAP site, LEADeR, accessible through the Air Force Portal.  You must be on an Air Force computer and have an Air University (AU) Portal account to begin your online LEAP application. Applicants that need to create or update their AU Portal account will be redirected to the AU Portal upon initial attempt to access the application site.

B. AFROTC applicants should contact their Detachment Commander for an application and to request an endorsement.  AFROTC applicants must send completed application packages in readable PDF format through an encrypted email via their Detachment Commanders to AFCLC.Language@us.af.mil


A. Applicants who meet all of the above eligibility requirements may submit an application to the AFCLC.

Completeness of the application package is part of the evaluation.  All application forms should be portable document format (PDF), legible and correctly aligned. 

Application Documents:  

i. Single Unit Retrieval Format (SURF) (RegAF AD only)

ii. Three most recent, finalized Performance Reports (OPR/EPR), Training Reports, or combination (RegAF AD only)

iii. All College Transcripts-Unofficial post-secondary copies are acceptable (optional for enlisted)

iv. DLPT or OPI score report-AD applicants must ensure scores are in MilPDS official records or must upload a copy of their score report. Cadets must include current scores. (all applicants)

v. Certificates from foreign language schools are optional 

B. Endorsement from applicant’s Commander/Director is mandatory and should be submitted directly through the online application site. AFROTC Detachment Commanders without access to LEADeR should contact the AFCLC for alternate means of submitting the endorsement at AFCLC.Language@us.af.mil

LEAP Announcements

LD19-02 FY 2019 LEAP Application and Solicitation

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Need LEAP Support?
For more information on LEAP contact:
AFCLC Language Division


LEAP Contact

General Inquiries

Commercial Phone: 334-953-7729

LEAP Support Email

AFCLC Language Division
AFCLC LEAP Admin Support

551 E. Maxwell Blvd, Bldg 500, Maxwell AFB, AL 36112



Important Dates

FY19 Application and Selection Board Schedule

Cadet Board

  • 1 January - 15 March 2019: Application Window

  • 17 - 18 April 2019: Selection Board

Enlisted Board

  • 1 May - 15 July 2019: Application Window

  • 27 August 2019: Selection Board

Officer Board

  • 1 May - 15 July 2019: Application Window

  • 28 August 2019: Selection Board