Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT)
Active Duty Member
What is the CG Foreign Language Program?
The program, outlined in ALCOAST 585/05, aims to build a strong pool of members proficient in a variety of languages.
There are two levels of language proficiency, linguists and interpreters. Linguists have a higher level of fluency while interpreters have a working level proficiency. See the ILR Skill Level Descriptions for details on levels of proficiency.
Members who have passed the proficiency test and fill billets that require a language proficiency, receive Foreign Language Proficiency Pay (FLPP) . See ALCOAST 275/06 for details on language billets.
How do I get certified as a linguist or interpreter?
You will need to take the DLPT V, a computer-based language test than includes both reading and listening components.
How do I arrange to take the DLPT?
Only full-time regional ESOs and a few collateral duty ESOs can give the DLPT tests. Ask your ESO for information on where you will need to go and how to set up an appointment.