Language Enabled Airman Program application window now open

  • Published
  • By Lori M. Quiller
  • AFCLC Outreach Team

Air Force and Space Force regular active duty officers and enlisted members have until July 16, 2021, to apply online for the Language Enabled Airman Program.

LEAP is an Air Force Culture and Language Center-managed volunteer program open to most specialty codes. LEAP deliberately develops language-enabled, cross-cultural Airmen and Guardians with working-level foreign language proficiency. With these skills, service members can better support the application of air and space power through strengthening partnerships and interoperability. There are more than 3,000 participants in LEAP.

To become a LEAP scholar, Airmen and Guardians must demonstrate some level of proficiency in a foreign language specified on the Air Force Strategic Language List, receive endorsement from their unit commander and compete via a board process. Selection to LEAP is based on applicants’ job performance, existing language proficiency, potential to achieve higher levels of language proficiency and Air Force and Space Force language requirements.

Participants in LEAP are required to complete online eMentor courses and attend periodic Language Intensive Training Events. Successful completion of program requirements will result in eligibility for the LEAP Special Experience Identifier and consideration for foreign language proficiency pay, assignments and other language-related opportunities.

LEAP applications are at the Language Enabled Airman Development Resource, or LEADeR, in Air Force Portal at

For more information on dates and eligibility requirements, visit the AFCLC website at or contact