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FY22 Navy Foreign Language Awards
Navy is soliciting for FY22 Navy Foreign Language Awards, announced in NAVADMIN 212/22.  Award categories in FY22 are: 
  • Command Language Program of the Year
  • Shannon M. Kent Award for Language Professional Excellence
  • Senior Language Professional of the Year
  • Officer Language Professional of the Year
  • Civilian Language Professional of the Year
  • Linguist of the Year
  • Senior Linguist of the Year
  • Officer Linguist of the Year
  • Civilian Linguist of the Year
For FY22 nominations, review OPNAVINST 5400.46A.  A template for individual language awards can be found here.
 
FY22 Essay Questions
Shannon M. Kent Award for Language Professional Excellence
​--In an essay written by the nominee, not to exceed five double spaced typewritten pages (11 point, Arial font), address the following topic:  
"Describe a strategy to train and sustain military language professionals in your organization to a proficiency level of 3/3 or higher in their Primary Language within the first 10 years of their career.”
--As this is an essay and not a research paper, no citations, references, or footnotes should be included.
 
FY22 Language Awards in all other competitive categories
--​In an essay written by the nominee, not to exceed five double spaced typewritten pages (11 point, Arial font), address the following topic:  
“How do you sustain and improve your foreign language skillset, and how has that helped you in the accomplishment of your mission?”
​--As this is an essay and not a research paper, no citations, references, or footnotes should be included.
 

Oral Proficiency Interview Testing
The scheduling of Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPIs) during the month of December 2022 will be reserved for service members enrolled in language training, hosted by Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) with an end of course requirement to complete the OPI for graduation.  All others MUST submit and complete OPIs prior to 30 November 2022 or wait until January 2023 to request an OPI.  For questions please contact the Navy Foreign Language Testing Office at languagetesting@navy.mil.
 

Important Change to DoD and Navy Language Testing Policies
The recent revision of DODI 5160.71, DOD Language Testing Program, lengthened the time required to wait between Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) administrations from 180 days to 270 days.  Upon issuance of the revised DoD instruction, Navy began updating OPNAVINST 5200.37, Navy Foreign Language Testing Program.  While OPNAVINST 5200.37 is under revision, Navy’s Foreign Language Testing Office will comply with the established 270 day testing timeline pursuant to DODI 5160.71.  OPNAV N13F retains the authority to approve early retest waivers and exceptions to testing policy consistent with the guidelines in DODI 5160.71 and OPNAVINST 5200.37.  For questions or concerns please contact OPNAV N13F via email at ALTN_N13F1@navy.mil.
 

FY21 Navy Foreign Language Awards Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the FY21 Navy Foreign Language Awards, announced in NAVADMIN 148/22!
  • Command Language Program of the Year:  Navy Information Operations Command Georgia (NIOC GA) 
  • Shannon M. Kent Award for Language Professional Excellence:  CTI1(IW) Theamichaela Coyle, Information Warfare Training Command, Monterey CA
  • Senior Language Professional of the Year:  CTIC(IW) Krystina Marshall, Cyber Strike Activity SIXTY THREE
  • Officer Language Professional of the Year:  CDR Arthur Fong, NR INDOPACOM J3 PHH
  • Linguist of the Year:  AM1(AW) Constantin Cazac, Defense Threat Reduction Agency
 

Foreign Language Testing
The Center for Information Warfare Training has announced the restoration of testing under the Navy Defense Foreign Language Testing Program (N-DFLTP) in the following locations.  Click on each hyperlink for more information.
 

Navy Strategic Language List and Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus Guidance
To request copies of the Navy Strategic Language List (SLL) and Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus (FLPB) Guidance, email us at ALTN_N13F1@navy.mil.  Please make sure to use your official (.mil or .gov) email address and digitally sign your email.
 

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