Language Bonus for SOF Soldiers
Your assigned language will usually determine the group you go to. All language training is about 6 months.
You can see information about FLPB (Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus) here
About Language Bonus (FLPB)
4.ARSOF Soldiers in CMFs 18, 37 and 38(SF,PSYOPS,CA) and those Soldiers assigned to a Special Mission
Unit may qualify for FLPB based upon their test scores to include scores below the 2/2
proficiency level. Soldiers may qualify for FLPB below the 2/2 proficiency level for a maximum
of three languages: the Soldier’s CLANG, one operational deployment language and one
language supporting a Geographic COCOM. Soldiers may receive a maximum of $300 per
month for languages below the 2/2 proficiency. This supersedes AR 11-6 paragraph 5-5 £
5. Soldiers must score a minimum of 1/1 proficiency on their CLANG to become eligible to
receive FLPB for an operational deployment language or a language in support of a geographic
6. Languages on the above Operational Deployment/Geographic COCOM list are paid at the
“A” rate while the Soldier is in a deployed status.
7. CDR, USSOCOM determines the preferred proficiency testing method for SOF linguists.
CDR, USSOCOM may direct the use of the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) to satisfy a critical
mission requirement. Soldiers may qualify for FLPB for languages on the SLL based upon the
results of OPis.
Language Pay Chart
Language At SWCS
Language ability is one of the differences between SOF soldiers and conventional soldiers.
The language program in your Qualification Course will get you where you need to be. Your language is not guaranteed, so you may find out your language is different from what you thought it was.
However, if you have the time and desire to get a head start or to start expanding your language abilities; here are a few resources provided for free to you.
Mango Languages(funded by OSD)
is a digital language learning program for learners of all levels, with courses in over 70 different foreign languages, 21 English Language Learning courses, and 44 specialty courses designed to celebrate world cultures. Mango Premier offers over 40 streaming international movies which takes the rich cultural input of film and uses it as a medium to teach students language and cultural lessons.
Free Rosetta Stone(funded by Army MWR Library)
Choose from 30 language courses. Rosetta Stone provides an interactive immersion method of language learning. You will be prompted to create a username and password of your choice upon first access.
Note: Mobile apps for Rosetta Stone are available through the iOS App Store and Google Play. However, you cannot log in directly to the app. You will need to start all learning sessions via this MWR Library Rosetta Stone link. After you authenticate through the library, the app will launch automatically.
The Pimsleur® Method is the foundation upon which every Pimsleur course is built. It’s a scientifically proven set of principles designed to take a learner directly to the heart of the language, eliminating noise, confusion, and information overload. People all over the world are using Pimsleur programs to start speaking, understanding and reading new languages quickly and easily. If you haven’t experienced it for yourself, you may find it hard to believe that something so simple could work so well. Read More…
These Resources are available in CD Format from the MWR Library or the Marquette library in Bank Hall. If you need another language go check out the audiobooks or the digital media player.
Each lesson is 30 minutes long and covers language and culture with no emphasis on writing-Perfect for the OPI. Listen to these without taking notes. Perfect for driving or during a walk.
Headstart2 consists of two units containing ten modules each. Unit One (Sound and Script) teaches the basics of the target language in twenty interactive tasks. Unit Two (Military) consists of a total of fifty mission-specific tasks. These tasks are designed according to military training format and include scenarios covering public safety, medical situations, basic command, cordon and search, and even gathering intelligence. Headstart2 also features over 100 PDFs with writing drills that provide the user with the opportunity to practice writing the target script. Other features include animated capstone military scenarios, culture notes, grammar notes, a writing tool, a sound recorder, a glossary, and a cultural resources section. Headstart2 exposes users to more than 1,000 key terms and phrases and provides users with important communication tools that they need in preparation for deployment.
lessons are developed for independent learners to provide them with the learning/teaching tools for improving their foreign language skills. Reading, listening, and video lessons are based on authentic materials (articles, TV reports, radio broadcasts, etc.) and consist of 4 to 6 activities. In-depth feedback accompanies all motivating tasks, providing learners with thorough explanations and tutoring just like an attentive and experienced teacher would do. GLOSS Certificates provide documentation of work accomplished. With more than 7,900 lessons, GLOSS is a valuable resource for maintaining and improving language ability and proficiency.