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Navy Foreign Language Awards
FY23 language award details have been released.  Check out our LREC Awards page for more information.

Changes to Navy Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus Program
The Navy Senior Language Authority and Navy Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture Office (OPNAV N13F) has released updated Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus (FLPB) program guidance which went into effect for active and reserve Sailors on March 1, 2023.  Check out our FLPB page for more information. 

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. 

Navy Strategic Language List
The Navy Strategic Language List (SLL) informs Navy Total Force planning and resourcing for training, testing, recruiting, and manning for languages that present the greatest utility toward achieving Navy and U.S. national security interests.  The SLL provides a strategic outlook and is used to shape foreign language capability and capacity in the force and prioritize development of related training. 

To request a copy of the Navy SLL, email us at  Please make sure to use your official (.mil or .gov) email address and digitally sign your email.
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