LEAP accepting officer applications through Sept. 5



by Jodi L. Jordan
Air Force Culture and Language Center Outreach Office


7/23/2013 - MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. -- The Language Enabled Airman Program is currently accepting officer applications for the fall 2013 selection board.

LEAP is a career-spanning program to identify, develop and sustain Airmen's foreign language and cultural capabilities. The application period for the fall 2013 selection board closes Sept. 5.

Managed by the Air Force Culture and Language Center, the program seeks to develop cross-culturally competent leaders across all Air Force general purpose force specialties with working level foreign language proficiency, leaders who can meet Air Force global mission requirements, said Zachary Hickman, the AFCLC's Language Division chief.

LEAP is designed for those active-duty Airmen who already have some existing language capability and a track record for pursuing proficiency in a language. The program targets early career Airmen most likely to take fullest advantage of language learning, maintenance and assignments. Selection to LEAP does not require leaving one's assigned Air Force specialty code job.

"We select Airmen from jobs across the Air Force," Hickman said. "They stay in their 'day jobs,' but they gain a level of language and culture learning that allows them to do their 'day jobs' in another language and in another country."

Detailed application instructions and answers to frequently asked questions are available on the Air Force Culture and Language Center's website at www.culture.af.mil/LEAP.