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Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) World Factbook

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DLIFLC FAMiliarization

DLIFLC Global Language Online Support System (GLOSS)

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Interagency Language Roundtable

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Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus (FLPB) / Foreign Language Proficiency Pay (FLPP)

The FLPB and FLPP are monetary incentives paid to eligible and qualified military and civilian personnel who possess foreign language proficiency. The objective of these incentives is to encourage the acquisition, maintenance and enhancement of foreign language skills vital to national defense. The ability of the Air Force to interact in the international arena with qualified foreign language proficient personnel is key to the success of our mission. Current FLPB guidance for military personnel is contained in DODI 1340.hh "Military Foreign Language Skill Proficiency Bonuses" and AFI 36-4005 "Total Force Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture Program". Current FLPP guidance for civilian personnel is contained in AFI 36-2605, Attachment 15.
Strategic Language List (SLL)

The Air Force SLL describes languages in which the Air Force has requirements authorized now and in out-years and strategic languages of interest. The Air Force SLL is based on the DoD SLL, and is adjusted accordingly to align with validated Air Force requirements. It is used for Total Force in administering testing, training, recruiting and retention incentive programs. The foundational guidance for the DoD SLL is in DoDD 5160.41E, Defense Language Program. As both the Air Force and DoD SLL are For Official Use Only, Airmen should contact their local Test Control Officer (TCO) to receive the most updated copy.
Defense Language Proficiency Tests (DLPT) and Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)

The DLPT evaluates the ability of an individual to understand written and/or spoken material presented in a foreign language. In addition, the OPI is available to test speaking capabilities. Military and civilian personnel may contact their facility TCO to schedule a DLPT or OPI. Current guidance on the DoD Language Testing Program is contained in DoDI 5160.71 "DoD Language Testing Program" and AFI 36-2605 "Air Force Military Personnel Testing System", Attachment 10.
Foreign Language Self-Assessment (FLSA)

All DoD personnel are screened for foreign language and regional expertise upon access and periodically thereafter in accordance with DoDD 5160.41E, Defense Language Program. This data is then maintained in electronic Air Force personnel systems as a helpful tool to identify individuals with specific foreign language capabilities for assistance in contingency operations or to contact as volunteers for unique career opportunities. Military personnel can update their FLSA at any time by accessing the AF Portal, Virtual MPF, Record Review/Update. Civilian personnel can update their FLSA data any time through MyBiz, then the Language tab. All DoD personnel receive annual auto-email reminders to review/update their online records, part of which includes FLSA data.
Contact Information

For questions on FLPB/FLPP, SLL, DLPT/OPI, or FLSA contact the Test Control Officer (TCO) at your servicing base's Education Office

For questions on Language, Region and Culture Policy contact:

Air Force Language, Regional Expertise and Culture Office (AF/A1D-LREC)

1500 Perimeter Road, Suite 4780, Joint Base Andrews, MD 20762

Email: usaf.pentagon.af-a1.mbx.af-a1dg-workflow@mail.mil


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Culture Resources

All Africa

BBC News: Country Profiles

Canadian Centre for Intercultural Learning: Country Insights

Countries and Their Cultures

Maps of the World

Cultural Property Protection

Law and Policy

1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict

Protect and Preserve International Cultural Property Act, PUBLIC LAW 114–151–MAY 9, 2016

Department of Defense Law of War Manual, June, 2015 (Updated December 2016)

Air Force Instruction 32-7065, CULTURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT, 19 Nov 2014

International Agencies and U.S. Governmental and Law Enforcement Agencies

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) - Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Property

The Blue Shield International Network – the protective emblem specified in the 1954 Hague Convention for marking cultural sites to give them protection from attack in the event of armed conflict

The United States Committee of the Blue Shield (USCBS)

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Art Crime Team (Art Theft)

The Carabinieri Headquarters for the Protection of Cultural Heritage (Comando Carabinieri Tutela Patrimonio Culturale - TPC)

Department of Defense Environment, Safety and Occupational Health Network and Information Exchange (DENIX) International Cultural Property Protection

International and U.S. Committees, Panels and Working Groups (Includes Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and Museums/Universities)

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