Navy Strategic Language List Revised

Story Number: NNS110518-01Release Date: 5/18/2011 5:15:00 AM
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From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval administrative (NAVADMIN) message 162/11, released May 13 announced changes to the Navy's Strategic Language List (SLL).

Revisions were based on a review of foreign language skills in the fleet and reflect emerging operational requirements.

After a recent update to the Department of Defense's (DoD) SLL, which realigned or dropped a number of languages, the Navy's Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) office reviewed and coordinated a revised Navy SLL to meet Fleet requirements. The new list goes into effect July 1.

"We review Navy's language policy annually to match proficiency and skill needs to mission and security requirements," said Lee Johnson, Director of Navy's LREC office.

The Navy's SLL includes all the languages required by DoD and adds languages needed to support Fleet missions.

The updated list is shorter, dropping a number of languages including Bulgarian, Swedish, and Afrikaans. Cantonese Chinese and Vietnamese were realigned, and are no longer required to receive a foreign language proficiency bonus (FLPB). Several languages and dialects were also added, according to Johnson.

A number of Sailors will see an increase in bonus pay based on the updated list, while some will see a decrease. The amounts will vary depending on the language and skill level.

"We are letting people know of the changes now so that they won't be caught unaware come July 1st," said Johnson. "We encourage Sailors to take the language proficiency test regardless of language. Depending upon the language and test scores, they may qualify for FLPB or even college credits."

FLPB is intended to offer Sailors a monetary incentive to acquire and maintain skill proficiencies that meet critical operational needs. Commands should review the list to identify Sailors who may be affected by the update.

For more information on FLPB changes, see NAVADMIN 162/11 and for information on foreign language testing, see NAVADMIN 161/11. Both can be found at

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Lt. Cmdr. Brent Casady, lower right, and service members from the Air Force and Army, take a language training class Diplomatic Language Services.
110113-N-0813M-059 ARLINGTON, Va. (Jan. 13, 2011) Lt. Cmdr. Brent Casady, lower right, and service members from the Air Force and Army, take a language training class Diplomatic Language Services. Casady is part of the Naval District Washington AfPak Hands hub and is training for a 40-month rotation to the Afghanistan or Pakistan region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kiona/Released)
January 14, 2011
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