NAVY FOREIGN LANGUAGE TESTING DELIVERY

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SUBJ/NAVY FOREIGN LANGUAGE TESTING DELIVERY// 



REF/A/DOC/OPNAVINST 5200.37/30AUG10// REF/B/DOC/NETPDTCINST 1550.9A/21JAN10// 
REF/C/DOC/OPNAVINST 7220.7F/21FEB06// NARR/REF A IS OPNAVINST 5200.37 NAVY 
FOREIGN LANGUAGE TESTING PROGRAM.  REF B IS NETPDTCINST 1550.9A MANAGEMENT OF 
THE DEFENSE LANGUAGE TESTING PROGRAM.  REF C IS OPNAVINST 7220.7F FOREIGN 
LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY BONUS (FLPB) PROGRAM.// 

RMKS/1.  THIS MESSAGE UPDATES THE STATUS OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE TESTING DELIVERY 
IN THE NAVY AND PROVIDES INFORMATION ON POLICY REGARDING FOREIGN LANGUAGE 
TESTING.

2.  THE NAVY FOREIGN LANGUAGE TESTING PROGRAM, ESTABLISHED IN REF A, REMAINS 
AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT OF THE DEFENSE LANGUAGE TESTING PROGRAM AND IS CRITICAL 
TO NAVY'S ABILITY TO CAPTURE AND MEASURE THE LANGUAGE CAPABILITIES OF ITS 
FORCES AND DETERMINE READINESS.
AS PART OF THE PROGRAM, NAVAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING COMMAND
(NETC) IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PROGRAM ACTIVITIES RELATED TO TEST ADMINISTRATIONAND 
DELIVERY.  THE NAVY FOREIGN LANGUAGE TESTING OFFICE (NFLTO) MANAGES THE 
ADMINISTRATION OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE TESTING UNDER THE NAVYFOREIGN LANGUAGE 
TESTING PROGRAM IN ACCORDANCE WITH REF B AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR EXECUTION OF 
THE TESTING PROGRAM UNDER THE ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROL OF NETC.

3.  THE DEFENSE LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY TESTING (DLPT) SYSTEM IS THE ONLY TEST 
BATTERY AUTHORIZED FOR ASSESSING AN INDIVIDUAL'S PROFICIENCY IN A FOREIGN 
LANGUAGE.  THE WEB-BASED DLPT IS AVAILABLE AT SELECT NAVY COLLEGE OFFICES AND 
NAVY ACCESSION POINTS.  ORAL PROFICIENCY INTERVIEWS (OPI) ARE AVAILABLE 
THROUGH NFLTO, PROVIDED SAILORS MEET ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH IN REF 
A.
INFORMATION ON FOREIGN LANGUAGE TESTING AND A FULL LIST OF NAVY FOREIGN 
LANGUAGE TESTING SITES ARE AVAILABLE IN TWO LOCATIONS:
    A.  NAVY KNOWLEDGE ONLINE, CAREER MANAGEMENT PORTAL, NAVY ADVANCEMENT 
CENTER, NAVY FOREIGN LANGUAGE TAB.
    B.  NAVY COLLEGE PROGRAM WEBSITE AT HTTPS://WWW.NAVYCOLLEGE.
NAVY.MIL, EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES, DEFENSE LANGUAGE TESTING SITES TAB.

4.  DEMONSTRATION OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY THROUGH LANGUAGE TESTING IS 
NECESSARY TO VALIDATE THE LANGUAGE ABILITY AND SKILLS OF NAVY CAREER LINGUISTS 
AND SAILORS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR FLPB PER REF C.  THE FLPB PROGRAM 
INCENTIVIZES THE ACQUISITION, MAINTENANCE AND ENHANCEMENT OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE 
PROFICIENCY AT OR ABOVE LEVELS REQUIRED FOR OCCUPATIONAL AND FUNCTIONAL 
PERFORMANCE IN SUPPORT OF ESTABLISHED STRATEGIC LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS.
    A.  CAREER LINGUISTS, I.E. MEMBERS OF THE CRYPTOLOGIC
    TECHNICIAN,
INTERPRETIVE AND FOREIGN AREA OFFICER COMMUNITIES, ARE REQUIRED TO RECERTIFY 
THEIR LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY BY TESTING ANNUALLY.
    B.  NON-CAREER LINGUISTS WHO WANT TO MAINTAIN ELIGIBILITY FOR FLPB MUST 
RECERTIFY ANNUALLY AND MEET OTHER REQUIREMENTS DETAILED IN REF A.
    C.  PERSONNEL WHO ARE NOT WITHIN 50 MILES OF A LANGUAGE
    TESTING
FACILITY MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO RECERTIFY BY TAKING AN OPI AND SHOULD CONTACT THE 
NFLTO FOR MORE INFORMATION.
    D.  SAILORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ANTICIPATE RECERTIFICATION CHALLENGES AND 
PURSUE TESTING AS EARLY AS CURRENT POLICY ALLOWS.

5.  POINTS OF CONTACT:
    - FOR ASSISTANCE WITH FOREIGN LANGUAGE TESTING ADMINISTRATION AND 
COORDINATION ISSUES, PLEASE CONTACT THE NFLTO AT
(850) 452-1001/DSN 922 OPTION 3 EXT 1530/1538, OR EMAIL 
SFLY_DEFENSE_LANGUAG(AT)NAVY.MIL.
    -  FOR ASSISTANCE WITH NAVY FOREIGN LANGUAGE POLICY ISSUES, CONTACT THE 
NAVY LANGUAGE, REGIONAL EXPERTISE, AND CULTURE OFFICE, POLICY SECTION, OPNAV 
N13F1, AT (703) 695-3055/DSN 225, OR EMAIL NXAG_N13F1(AT)NAVY.MIL.
    - FOR ASSISTANCE WITH NAVY COLLEGE OFFICE ISSUES, CONTACT MARY REDD-CLARY, 
PHD, DIRECTOR VOLUNTARY EDUCATION, CENTER FOR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL 
DEVELOPMENT, AT (757) 492-0802/DSN 492, OR EMAIL MARY.REDDCLARY(AT)NAVY.MIL.

6.  RELEASED BY VADM MARK FERGUSON, N1.// BT
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