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, Region and Culture Program Office (A1/DV-LRC) at the Pentagon. Interested Airmen should contact their local Test Control Officer to check if their language is on the Air Force SLL. TCO's are usually located with the local Education Office. For more information on the SLL or on language proficiency testing, see the A1/DV-LRC information here.
All LEAP Selection Board schedules are subject to change. Two separate LEAP Selection Boards are typically held each year, once in the spring and again in the fall. The spring Selection Board is reserved for enlisted applicants, while the fall Selection Board will focus on active duty officer and officer candidate applicants.
The deadline to apply for the Spring Selection Board was midnight CST 15 April 2013. The Spring 2013 LEAP Selection Board will convene in early June and results are expected approximately 30 days later. The next application opportunity for active duty enlisted Airmen will occur next spring in 2014.
For more information about LEAP, please review the FAQ document below. Please direct questions to the AFCLC Language Division.
The Fall 2013 LEAP Selection Board will be dedicated to officer and officer candidate applicants. The announcement memo will be released here in early July and it will include all application instructions and eligibility requirements. We will begin accepting applications at that time and continue for a full 60 days. In preparation for LEAP application, interested candidates are encouraged to ensure their DLPT or OPI scores are current, must be no older than one year prior to selection board date (September 2012 or more recent).