FLPB (Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus) - Spanish

FLPB (formerly known as Foreign Language Proficiency Pay) is designed to compensate soldiers that speak a foreign language for maintaining their linguistic skills.

Provided a soldier tests well enough, pay rates range from a minimum of $100 to a maximum of $500 per month, depending on the language or dialect and documented proficiency level. Soldiers may test in more than one language to increase their FLPB rates. Those who test well enough in more than one language may receive up to $1,000 per month depending on the languages and test scores.

These students are focused on the OPI which deals entirely with conversational (speaking and listening) skills. Some of the students also take a computerized test called the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT), which assess speaking, listening, reading and writing.  Both tests are designed to probe a student’s capabilities, by progressively asking more difficult questions, covering more difficult / more advanced topics, in order to determine where the student reaches their limit.


Eligible languages are updated annually in a memo put out by the U.S. government. These languages are listed on the Strategic Languages List (SLL) and categorized by payment list A (Immediate Investment languages), payment list B (SLL Stronghold languages), and payment list C.

Languages that are considered "dominant in the force" are not eligible for FLPB unless the servicemember is in a linguist-position job (as with French, Spanish, Portuguese—Brazilian and European, Tagalog, and German). Many other languages are eligible for FLPB regardless of the member's jobs or language use in their jobs.

For more details and accurate information on military benefits please check https://www.hrc.army.mil/



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