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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Updated Guidance for Processing Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus (FLPB)

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Milper Message Number 11-381

 A.  TITLE 37, U.S.C., SECTION 316.

B.  DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INSTRUCTION (DODI) 7280.3, FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY BONUS (FLPB), DATED 20 AUGUST 2007.

C.  DOD FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT REGULATION VOL 7A, CHAPTER 19, DATED 31 NOVEMBER 2010.


D.  ARMY REGULATION 11-6, ARMY FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAM, DATED 31 AUGUST 2009.


E.  ALL ARMY ACTIVITIES MESSAGE 207/2011, NEW ARMY LANGUAGE PAYMENT LIST, DATED 27 MAY 2011.



1.  THE EXPIRATION OF THIS MESSAGE IS UNDETERMINED.



2.  THIS MESSAGE PROVIDES COMMANDERS AND PAY OFFICES GUIDANCE FOR THE PROCESSING AND PAYMENT OF THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY BONUS (FLPB).  THIS MESSAGE WILL BE BROUGHT TO THE IMMEDIATE ATTENTION OF ALL COMMANDERS AND FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING OFFICES.


3.  IF A SOLDIER MEETS THE INDIVIDUAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS IN AR 11-6, PARAGRAPH 6-3, AND THE SOLDIER HAS A MINIMUM PROFICIENCY SCORE OF 2/2 IN AN AUTHORIZED ARMY LANGUAGE (SEE THE ARMY’S CURRENT LANGUAGE PAYMENT LIST IN REFERENCE E), FLPB MAY BE PAID REGARDLESS OF THE SOLDIER’S MOS OR DUTY POSITION.  HOWEVER, EXCEPTIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

A.  FOR LANGUAGES NOT SPECIFICALLY INDICATED ON THE ARMY’S CURRENT LANGUAGE PAYMENT LIST, A SOLDIER IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THE FLPB UNLESS THE SOLDIER MEETS THE CRITERIA IN PARAGRAPH 6-4 C (7), AR 11-6.

B.  SOLDIERS WHO HOLD A LANGUAGE DEPENDENT MOS LISTED IN PARAGRAPH 6-4 C (7) (E), AR 11-6, WILL ONLY BE ASSIGNED ONE CONTROL LANGUAGE (CLANG)/PRIMARY LANGUAGE (PLANG) WHICH WILL BE MAINTAINED BY THE RESPECTIVE AHRC CAREER MANAGER IAW PARAGRAPH 3-8, AR 11-6.


4.  IAW TABLE 6-4, AR 11-6, IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BATTALION S1 / MILITARY PERSONNEL DIVISION / HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE / BRIGADE S1 TO VERIFY A SOLDIER’S ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA, PAYMENT LEVEL, AND EFFECTIVE DATES PRIOR TO PUBLISHING FLPB ORDERS.  UNIT COMMANDERS MUST VERIFY PROPER PROCEDURES ARE FOLLOWED PRIOR TO SIGNING FLPB ORDERS.  APPROPRIATE TERMINATION OF THE FLPB IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE ORDERS ISSUING AUTHORITY.


5.  THE TERMINATION DATE OF THE FLPB ORDERS WILL OCCUR 12 MONTHS MINUS ONE DAY AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE UNLESS THE TEST EXPIRES WHILE THE SOLDIER IS DEPLOYED FOR A CONTINGENCY OPERATION OR ASSIGNED OCONUS WHERE TESTING FACILITIES ARE NOT AVAILABLE.  RECERTIFICATION UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES WILL BE IAW PARAGRAPH 6-6, AR 11-6.  


6.  STEPS FOR PROPERLY MAINTAINING THE FLPB PROGRAM AT THE UNIT LEVEL ARE LISTED IN TABLE 6-5, AR 11-6.  MONTHLY AUDITS WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE ORDERS ISSUING AUTHORITY.


7.  DISPOSITION ADDRESSES IN PARAGRAPH 6-18, AR 11-6, FOR THE DA FORM 330 HAVE CHANGED:


A.  FOR ENLISTED PERSONNEL (ACTIVE AND RESERVE): COMMANDER, AHRC (AHRC-EPB-M), 1600 SPEARHEAD DIVISION AVE, FORT KNOX, KY 40122 OR E-MAIL:
HRC.EPMD.DAFORM330@CONUS.ARMY.MIL.

B.  FOR OFFICERS, WARRANT OFFICERS AND USMA CADETS (ACTIVE AND RESERVE): COMMANDER, AHRC (AHRC-OPZ-X), 1600 SPEARHEAD DIVISION AVE, FORT KNOX, KY 40122 OR E-MAIL:
HRC.OPMD.HQ@CONUS.ARMY.MIL.

C.  NO CHANGE TO ARNG PROCEDURES.



8.  ALL COMMANDS THAT ARE UNABLE TO DETERMINE INDIVIDUAL FLPB ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS SHOULD CONTACT THE INCENTIVE PAY BRANCH (AHRC-PDP-I) AT 502-613-8514 (DSN 983), OR E-MAIL:
HRC.TAGD.FLPB@CONUS.ARMY.MIL.  FOR HQDA POLICY LEVEL ISSUES: DCS G-1, 703-692-6888 (DSN 222); OR DCS G-2, 703-695-1384 (DSN 225).

3 comments:

  1. Turns out im going to be studying Persian/Farsi at DLI! Any advice for a future Persian-Farsi Linguist? I took a look at the online language learning software on AKO for Persian and I think Im in for a challenge to say the least.

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  2. Yes it is definitely very difficult. If you feel that starting to learn the language is too difficult without formal training, at least start reading about Iran and the culture as much as you can. Much of the language is centered around culture. For example, if you are familiar with Iranian names, you might have an easier time comprehending a story in which you are able to recognize a word as a name rather than a regular word that you don't know. In Farsi, we don't have capital letters so there is no way to denote a proper noun if you don't know that it is one. Take for example in English the city of Pittsburgh. Perhaps if you didn't know English and Pittsburgh wasn't capitalized you would begin to look it up in your dictionary or try desperately to remember what the word meant only to waste time and realize it is the name of a place. You will understand more once you get to class and learn vocab.

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