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International Affairs Branch (PLU)

 

International Affairs Branch (PLU)

Headquarters Marine Corps

Plans, Policies & Operations (PP&O)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 


1) HOW CAN I PREPARE TO BE MORE ELIGIBLE FOR SELECTION?:

Marines are encouraged to take the DLAB and any DLPTs for corresponding languages they have proficiency in. 

 

2) WHAT IS A DLPT?:

The Defense Language Proficiency Test is a battery of foreign language tests intended to assess the general language proficiency of native English speakers in a specific foreign language, in the skills of reading and listening. An Oral Proficiency Interview  (OPI) is sometimes administered to Defense Language Institute students to establish the graduate's proficiency in speaking following training there, but it is not part of the DLPT.

 

3) WHAT IS A DLAB?:

The Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) is a test used to test an individual's potential for learning a foreign language and thus determining who may pursue language training.  The test does not attempt to gauge a person's fluency in a given language, but rather to determine their ability to learn a language. The test will give the service member examples of what a selection of words or what a portion of a word means, then asks the test taker to create a specific word from the samples given.[2]

Someone failing the test or getting a low score can always retake the DLAB but only after a wait of 6 months. 

To qualify to pursue training in a language, one needs a minimum score of 95. Furthermore, the DLAB is a required test for officers looking to either join the Foreign Area Officer program or the Olmsted Scholar Program. The required grade for these programs is a 105, but the recommended grade is at least a 130 or above.

 

4) WHAT SCORES DO I NEED FOR MY DLPT AS A FAO/FAS?:

 The goal for IAP participants who attend language training is to graduate with a minimum score of 2/2/1+ in Listening/Reading/ and Speaking modalities on the DLPT and Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).  This level of proficiency corresponds to a limited functional proficiency in the target language, which will enable the individual to converse confidently, on most social, work, and family topics. 

 

FAOs who fail to achieve a 2/2/1+ score following language training will retest immediately following In-Region Training (IRT).  The ultimate goal for the program is to produce fully-trained FAO and FAS with scores of 3/3/3. 

 

 FAOs and FASs are required to maintain current DLPT and OPI proficiency scores in one language of their assigned region in order to maintain the AMOS.  Proficiency requirements for the AMOS are the same as testing requirements for FLPP eligibility as established by the current Marine Corps Order on FLPP.  Marines stationed further than 50 miles from the nearest testing facility can request an extension of their current DLPT/OPI scores. 

 

5) WHAT IS THE MOS DESIGNATION BREAKDOWN FOR FAO/RAO/FAS?

MOS

Designation

8220

Political Military Officer

822x

Regional Affairs Officer (regions broken out below)

823x

Foreign Area SNCO (regions broken out below)

824x

Foreign Area Officer (regions broken out below)

X=1

Latin America (Spanish/Portuguese-Brazilian/ French Creole-Haitian)

X=2

Eurasia(Russian/Belorussian/Ukrainian/Latvian/Lithuanian/Estonian/ Armenian/Georgian/Azeri/Uzbek)

X=3

Northeast Asia(Chinese [Mandarin/ Cantonese]/Japanese/Korean)

X=4

Middle East(Arabic/Hebrew/ Persian-Farsi/Kurmanji/Sorani)

X=5

Africa(Arabic/Swahili/French/ Portuguese)

X=6

Southwest Asia(Persian-Dari/Pashto/Urdu/ Hindi/Bengali)

X=7

Europe (Spanish/French/German/Greek/Turkish/Italian/Norwegian/Czech/Polish/ Bulgarian/ Magyar/Romanian/Serbo-Croatian)

X=8

Southeast Asia(Thai/Vietnamese/Cambodian-Khmer/Lao/Malay/Tagalog/ Burmese/Indonesian)

 

6) WHAT IS CCLEB AND CPIB?

The Commandant's Career Level Education Board (CCLEB) and Commandant's Professional Intermediate-Level Education Board (CPIB) are a product of the 2011 Commandant’s Planning Guidance to increase throughput in PME and fix issues with the Special Education Program, for a detailed breakdown CLICK HERE

7)WHAT CAN I ADD TO MY CCLEB/CPIB QUESTIONNAIRE?:

Letters of Recommendation, Copies of Diplomas/Certificates, extracurricular activities or awards that highlight your language or political-military experience as well as immersion travel

8) HOW ARE LANGUAGES CATEGORIZED AND ASSIGNED?:

The languages are broken into tiers based on their difficulty level for a native English speaker as determined by the Defense Language Institute. The category into which a language is placed also determines the length of its basic course as taught at DLI.

Category

Languages

Minimum DLAB Score

I

Dutch

French/Creole

95

Italian

Portuguese

Spanish

Norwegian

II

German

Romanian

Indonesian

Malay

100

III

Ukranian

Latvian

Hebrew

Swahili

Bengali

Greek

Polish

Lithuanian

Estonian

Hindi

Georgian

Armenian

Bulgarian

Czech

105

Persian-Farsi

Kurmanji

Persian-Dari

Russian

Serbo-Croatian

Sorani

Tagalog

Thai

Turkish

Uzbek

Urdu

Lao

Vietnamese

Cambodian-Khmer

IV

Arabic

Chinese

110

Japanese

Korean

Pashto