Posted on Jun 8, 2020
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MAJ(P) Eugene Chu
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If you learn a foreign language, you still need to pass a military language test for certification. While many Soldiers can converse in another tongue, DPLT is required for language bonus pay if memory serves
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LTC Jason Mackay
LTC Jason Mackay
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And not all languages are covered by the bonus. Like they stopped paying for Spanish years ago since the Army realized we have tons of native Spanish speakers. My Chaplain was from the ROK and he tested I think annually for Korean, which as he explained was North Korean dialect that has sprung up, so a little different.
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Capt Vance Noonan
Capt Vance Noonan
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The USAF promoted this about 10 years ago. I looked at the list of what languages paid what and balanced that against how much I'd want some paper pusher to see that qualification and send me on some remote duty actually using that language. For me, Turkish was the best balance. At the time (may still be the case), they provided access to Rosetta Stone for free and both my wife (civilian) and I started learning Turkish. We had three young children in the house and they were getting smart enough that we couldn't spell to each other to say something secret to one another. We ended up losing interest after a few months, but it was fun for a bit.
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SSgt Christophe Murphy
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Knowing additional languages is never a bad thing. Just know if you get locked in as a linguist or you get locked into it with the Foreign Language Proficiency bonus it could very well influence where you go. So don’t be surprised if you learn Korean for example and can’t get orders out of Korea.
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True! I would add...don't be surprised if your language proficiency earns you a spot on a tasker for several inglorious months. Unfortunately had to notify a few subordinate units that we were hijacking their personnel because HRC confirmed their language proficiency.
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LTC John Griscom
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Yes. Pick one that could be used in the military. Arabic, Spanish, German, or Japanese. Might even consider Chinese. Anyone of these could give an advantage in your career.
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