Good news if you are an Arabic/Farsi linguist. You can now get paid for dialects. For example, a Persian-Farsi linguist can now be paid for testing in Persian-Afghan (Dari). Previously, Dari was considered a dialect and was not payable. Consequently, an Arabic linguist could test in both Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and Iraqi Dialect. The relevant ALARACT message is ALARACT 207/2011. It can be found here.
Here are some of the relevant portions of the ALARACT as well as AR 11-6 (The Army Foreign Language Program) so that you can show your finance:
(B) THE ARMY CONSIDERS THE FOLLOWING IMMEDIATE INVESTMENT
LANGUAGES TO BE SEPARATE LANGUAGES (NOT DIALECTS) FOR FLPB
PURPOSES: IRAQI ARABIC (DG); YEMENI ARABIC (AU); PERSIAN-AFGHAN
(DARI) (PG); AND PERSIAN-IRANIAN (FARSI).
f. Soldiers with Arabic designated as their CLANG/primary language or assigned to an Arabic coded billet are authorized to test Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) (AD), Algerian (DH), Egyptian (AE), Gulf Dialect (DG), and/or Levantine (AP). All Soldiers must take the MSA (AD) reading test and then may choose to take one or more of the listening dialect tests. The reading and listening test must be taken within 30 days of each other to be counted as a valid test.
c. The effective date of FLPB payments will be the date of the DLPT, DLRPT, or OPI. If the DLPT is administered on two separate days, then the effective date of FLPB will begin on the later of the two dates. Soldiers must complete all testing within 30 days for the test to be valid.
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