DIA officers have the expertise to serve their country in a demanding role. As an incentive, officers can
supplement their salary if they qualify for Foreign Language Proficiency Pay (FLPP).
In general, DIA does not employ individuals due to foreign language skills alone. There are only a very small
number of translator or interpreter positions. However, foreign language proficiency is considered in hiring
decisions for intelligence officers. Intelligence officers use language skills to read foreign textual
material, listen to foreign audio or spoken content, or to converse with individuals in another language.
There are virtually no requirements to write in a foreign language.
FLPP is a discretionary payment designed to enhance mission requirement capabilities; it is not an
entitlement. FLPP eligibility criteria and rates align FLPP resources with mission-related language use
requirements. Under DIA's current policy, FLPP eligibility for all DIA employees require a minimum
proficiency level 2/2/2 (listening/reading/ speaking) as measured by the Defense Language Proficiency
Tests (DLPT) and Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI).
The U.S. Government uses the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) standardized descriptors of foreign language
proficiency for listing comprehension, reading comprehension, and speaking ability. Please review these
standards at www.dia.mil/careers to familiarize yourself with these standards prior to providing a response
concerning your foreign language proficiency.
DIA uses the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) to test listening and reading proficiency. In cases when a
DLPT does not exist, DIA will specify an alternate test.
DIA uses a certified Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) to test speaking proficiency. This is conducted through a
proctored telephone interview.
You will be required to validate/revalidate your proficiency through a DLPT and OPI prior to a final hiring
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE STRATEGIC LANGUAGE LIST
The Strategic Language List informs the DoD's Foreign Language planning resourcing for training, testing,
incentivizing, recruiting, and manning for languages that present the greatest utility toward achieving U.S.
national security interests.
The SLL retains the three groups of languages: “Immediate,” which identifies languages immediately
needed to meet urgent current demands; “Emerging,” which identifies languages for anticipated
expanding future requirements; and “Enduring,” which identifies languages the DoD sees as a
continuing need during the next 10 to 15 years.
Arabic - Levantine
Arabic - Yemeni
Pushtu - Afghan
Persian - Iranian (Farsi)
Persian - Afghan (Dari)
Serbo - Croatian