NAVY LANGUAGE TESTING

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REF/A/DOC/OPNAVINST 5300/25SEP09//
REF/B/DOC/USD(PR) MEMO/03DEC09//
REF/C/DOC/OPNAVINST 7220.7F/21FEB06//
NARR/ REF A IS NAVY'S CURRENT STRATEGIC LANGUAGE LIST.
REF B IS UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
(PERSONNEL AND READINESS)
MEMORANDUM ANNOUNCING DOD'S STRATEGIC LANGUAGE LIST
FOR FY-10.  REF C IS NAVY'S FOREIGN LANGUAGE
PROFICIENCY BONUS PROGRAM INSTRUCTION.//
RMKS/1.  THE NAVY'S PROGRAM TO ENCOURAGE SAILORS TO
TEST AND VALIDATE LANGUAGE PROFICIENCIES HAS PROVEN
HIGHLY EFFECTIVE AND RESULTED IN THE SERVICE MEETING
ITS GOALS FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR.  TO OPTIMIZE
INVESTMENTS IN THOSE LANGUAGES FOR WHICH THERE IS
GROWING DEMAND, BEGINNING 1 APRIL 2010, NAVY WILL
TEMPORARILY CEASE LANGUAGE TESTING FOR ALL SAILORS
WHO HAVE NOT PREVIOUSLY TESTED IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
WITH THE EXCEPTION OF CAREER LINGUISTS
(CRYPTOLOGIC TECHNICIAN - INTERPRETIVE, FOREIGN AREA
OFFICER/17XX DESIGNATORS), AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN HANDS
SELECTEES, AND THOSE REQUIRING VALIDATED LANGUAGE
SKILLS TO QUALIFY FOR THEIR RATE, DESIGNATOR, OR
SPECIAL PROGRAM.  SAILORS ALREADY CERTIFIED IN A
LANGUAGE MAY RETEST 180 DAYS AFTER THEIR LAST TEST
AND UP TO THEIR CERTIFICATION DATE BUT NOT AFTER, IF
THEIR CERTIFICATION EXPIRES.  WAIVERS TO THIS POLICY
WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.  THIS ACTION WILL REMAIN IN
EFFECT UNTIL 1 OCTOBER 2010.
2.  NAVY HAS EXCESS CAPACITY IN EIGHT LANGUAGES
PREVIOUSLY IDENTIFIED AS STRATEGIC LANGUAGES IN REF A.
THEREFORE, EFFECTIVE 1 JUNE 2010 THE FOLLOWING
LANGUAGES WILL BE REMOVED FROM REF A AND WILL NO
LONGER PROVIDE ELIGIBILITY FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGE
PROFICIENCY BONUS AS PER REF C:  AKAN, BURMESE,
AMHARIC, LAO, NEPALESE, CHINESE-WU, POLISH, ROMANIAN.
3.  POINTS OF CONTACT:
- DUANE BEAUDOIN, OPNAV N13F1, POLICY SECTION HEAD,
AT (703)693-7210/DSN 223, OR EMAIL AT DUANE.BEAUDOIN(AT)NAVY.MIL.
- STACY BLUESTEIN, OPNAV N13F14, POLICY ANALYST,
AT (703)693-2327/DSN223, OR EMAIL AT STACY.BLUESTEIN(AT)NAVY.MIL.
4.  RELEASED BY VADM MARK FERGUSON, N1.//
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