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Friday, May 20, 2011

Foreign language codes, payment schedules

Not many people realized that the Army no longer calls it Foreign Language Proficiency Pay (FLPP) and has changed it somewhat recently to Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus (FLPB). If you hear someone saying "Flip Bee" or "Flip" that's what they're referring to.

If you have questions, please feel free to visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

Here is the payment schedule based on your language. Remember that getting paid requires you to either be in a language-dependent MOS (such as 35P), or a language-capable MOS (such as 35M) in a language coded billet (or any billet if you are DLI trained). Thanks to one of our readers and the division CLPM I was able to get clarification that you MAY in fact get paid FLPB if you have a very important language and it is NOT considered a dominant language (such as Spanish is dominant).  Here is the reference:  According to MILPER Message 08-114:  D. IAW CHAPTER 6, FLPB ENTITLEMENT IS NOT LIMITED TO LANGUAGE DEPENDENT SOLDIERS OR SOLDIERS ASSIGNED TO A LANGUAGE CODED BILLET. ALL SOLDIERS ARE AUTHORIZED ENTITLEMENT TO FLPB IF THEY MEET THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS OUTLINED IN AR 11-6 AND ARE PROFICIENT IN ONE OF THE LANGUAGES LISTED IN PAYMENT LIST "A", "B", OR "C", AS LONG AS THE LANGUAGE IS NOT DESIGNATED AS A DOMINANT LANGUAGE.

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References for the above information can be found on the regulatory guidance page (see the links on the top of the page).  Click on the link and reference AR 11-6 and MILPER Message 08-114.


  1. SFC J, I thought that certain critical languages were paid a FLPB regardless of language billet. The ones I'm thinking of specifically are Pashto, Dari, and certain Arabic Dialects.

  2. I'm going to have to get back with you on that, probably Monday. I can't seem to find the guidance that indicates what you are saying. Sorry, I wish I knew everything, but alas I have to look stuff up too :)

  3. According to DoD instruction 7280.3 it seems to indicate what you are saying. That can be found here:

    I'm still trying to figure out exactly what it is referencing because it is very vague. It says that people can get paid if the secretary deems a language critical regardless of job, but it doesn't elaborate.

    The MILPER index also seems to be down because I am not getting any search results.

    I'll contact my BDE CLPM Monday for guidance. Sorry.

  4. Don't worry, I've read similar documents before. One of the indications was that if I returned to a CMF 12 unit for some reason, I should receive a minimal FLPB for my 1/1+ in Pashto, because I could deploy with that unit and be utilized as a part-time linguist for them. Thanks to your earlier posting, I will be able to maintain most of what I have in preparation for returning to class, so I will likely finish off the PV basic course at near a 3/3/2.

  5. Bush -

    Ok, I updated the post with a link to the regulation. Thank you very much for pointing out this error to me so that I could find the information out for people.

    Not only is it beneficial for future Soldiers and Linguists, but it helps me out as well. I learned something today because of your question, and I thank you for that!!! No leader, no matter what rank, is above learning something on a daily basis. :)

    You mention one of my earlier posts, are you referring to my study reference page?

    Also I haven't heard of being paid for 1/1+. Are you a native speaker or did you just get some quickstart information before you deployed?

    Either way, thanks for reading my blog. And future linguists thank you as well.

  6. I was referencing the linguist maintainence post. I'm not 100% certain on the 1/1+, just that I've heard that combat related jobs get paid a small FLPB for having that minimum proficiency in a critical language. Something about Commander's discretion to that. I'm at DLI right now, but I'm on a med hold. That 1/1+ was my mock DLPT before I finally got put on the med hold. And as you said, no matter how high the leader, there is always something new to learn, which is why the army has Sr. NCOs and Warrant Officers.

  7. Well, thanks again for contributing. Hopefully some of the resources can help you. The sad part is, there are so many resources that you can use, but they aren't always easy to locate. I only recently found out about the Defense Connect Online to be honest. I plan on enrolling in every Farsi course for the rest of my career that I can. The only downfall is that I have to leave work early on Mondays and Tuesdays to get to it...and I have 43 Soldiers in my platoon, so it's hard to pull away from work.

  8. SFC J,
    I'm waiting on my interim TS. How long did yours take?

    SSG Y

  9. I am trying to find out if i can get paid for more than one dialect of Arabic. I could not find anything regarding this in AR 11-6. My finance office said that i can only get paid for one dialect but there is no such thing in the regulation.

  10. Mine was 4 months total from start to finish. I never really had an interim. I spent about a month preparing my clearance though and everything was perfect, making the investigation easier.

  11. AZ -

    Reference this post:

  12. I didn't see German on the list? Any ideas where I could find that rate?

  13. If its a dominant language you won't likely be paid.

  14. What do the letters mean for example crypto linguist (jn) the letters in paranthesis

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  16. They are the language codes....for example, PF is Persian-Farsi, AD is Modern Standard Arabic, QB is Spanish (I have no idea how QB equates to Spanish), etc.

  17. Would I get anything for 2 reading and 1+ listening?

  18. No, you must score a minimum of 2/2. Also, when you get your scores, you are paid at the lowest rate. For example, a 2/2+ gets paid at a 2/2 level, and a 2/3 would still get paid at the 2/2 level, etc.

  19. Haven't gotten a penny yet 8 months after i did my test and got 3/3. Am now struggling to fill up a DA 4187 to take to finance. Anyone know how to fill one?

    1. Go to your NCO and he should take you to the orderly room NCO