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Foreign Language Proficiency Pay / Foriegn Language Proficiency Bonus

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Entitlement to Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus (FLPB) is established for officers and enlisted members receiving basic pay and certified by the individual service secretary to be proficient in foreign language or dialect. Each service secretary certifies FLPP annually based on:
  • Qualifications in a career linguist duty specialty
  • Attendance in specified training
  • Assignment to duties requiring foreign language proficiency
  • Proficiency in a foreign language deemed critical


FLPP is payable in addition to all other pay and allowances. 
Rates Payable
The monthly rate will not exceed $500 per month for a single foreign language or dialect, or $1,000 per month for two or more foreign languages or dialects. The total annual FLPB may not exceed $12,000 per 1-year certification period. Reservists who perform a partial qualifying year of less than 50 retirement points will have their monthly amount prorated accordingly.

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