Sunday, 17 February 2008

Usona Mararmeo Stars & Stripes:

Parlez-vous Francais? A “yes” from a U.S. sailor could mean an extra $500 a month.

The Navy made changes to its Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus Program, tripling the payout for some languages, recategorizing others and opening the program to all sailors who use language skills in their work, not just those in fields such as cryptology or intelligence, said Mark Neighbors, director of the Navy Foreign Language Program Office...

...In a 2006 Navy census, 77 percent of the active force and 89 percent of the Reserve claimed to be speak languages other than English, but not all have taken the proficiency test, Neighbors said. As of July 1, 300 languages are represented in the Navy’s database — including Navaho, Gaelic and Ecclesiastical Latin.

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