Here are answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: I am in the military and I would like to learn a foreign language. What can I use and how much will it cost me?
A: For basic language training please use HEADSTART. (Please review this HS2 FLASH SETTINGS GUIDE in case you experience problems with the Headstart product, before contacting us.) Headstart can also be found on JKO.
Our other products can be found on the PRODUCTS PAGE.
Most of our language materials are designed so that they can be used on-line or downloaded to the user’s computer or digital media device (iPod).
All of our materials are free of charge.
Q: How can I find what language courses are available and where?
A: You can find relevant info through the ARMY TRAINING REQUIREMENTS AND RESOURCES SYSTEM (ATRRS).
Please make sure to select DLIFLC school code: 215
Q: I am a member of the US Armed Forces and I would like to attend DLIFLC. What do I need to do?
A: DLIFLC does not determine which service-members come to DLI or what language they will be assigned to study, that is driven completely by the needs of the Services and the individual units.
For questions, enlisted Soldiers should first contact their respective PDNCOs at HRC. PDNCO contact information can be found on the HRC WEBSITE.
If Soldiers want further information regarding using a language they possess or are looking for language training, they may contact the HRC Enlisted Language Branch by calling (502) 613-5427.
Officers should contact their respective career managers at HRC. Career manager contact information can be found on the HRC WEBSITE.
For information regarding attendance to the DLIFLC, Personnel must talk to their career counselor and become approved to cross-rate i.e. change career field. Once a dialogue has been established with the counselor, submit a 1306 form and take the DLAB (Defense Language Aptitude Battery.)
For information regarding attendance to the DLIFLC, Marines must consult their career planner to see available slots for a cryptologic MOS, only so many slots are allowed per year. If there is an open spots, you will start the process of a Lateral Move to ‘switch’ career fields. Lateral moves must be approved through the Marine Core Headquarters. Personnel must also take the DLAB.
For information regarding attendance to the DLIFLC, Airmen must see their career advisor and submit a retrain package to the function manager, along with taking the DLAB.
Coast Guard members should review the following documents:
To find out more about requirements for specific languages please review our current Catalog.
To learn more about the Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus please visit the DEFENSE LANGUAGE AND NATIONAL SECURITY EDUCATION OFFICE (DLNSEO).
Q: How can I request a Mobile Training Team and how much will it cost?
A: If you need PRE-DEPLOYMENT language and culture familiarization training for your unit, you can
schedule a MOBILE TRAINING TEAM by going to our Contact Us page and selecting MTT Request from the drop down menu.
PLEASE NOTE that all MTT training requests must be approved through the Army chain of command prior to DLIFLC being able to provide the training to the requesting unit. This means that your request will be reviewed by FORSCOM, HQDA G2, and HQDA G3 for resourcing and prioritization. If OCO funding is available, you could receive an MTT at no cost to the unit as part of pre-deployment training depending on the languages and class length requested.
Q: I am a civilian and would like to learn a language, but need to know what an application process is?
A: To be able to study at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center you must be either in the armed services, already employed by the federal government or be working for a law enforcement agency. The Institute is situated on the Presidio of Monterey, (POM), California.
Civilians may attend DLIFLC when language proficiency is a condition of his/her employment in one of the above organizations. The civilian employee’s supervisor must document the requirement and eligibility. Additionally, the supervisor must provide the address to which the score report should be sent in order to ensure the results are placed in the civilian’s personnel record.
DLIFLC is a multi-service school for active and reserve components, foreign military students, and civilian personnel working in the federal government and various law enforcement agencies.
In case you are not associated with any of the above groups, you should contact the AMERICAN COUNCIL ON THE TEACHING OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES (ACTFL) who should be able to assist you in finding a foreign language school for civilians.
Q: Can members of the general public visit your Institute and learn more about foreign languages, cultures and your training methods?
A: Our annual Language Day event takes place in mid-May, and we welcome students, teachers, language professionals and general public to visit our campus at the Presidio of Monterey. Please contact us by March, in the year of the event, and we will be happy to send your school an official invitation.
Please keep in mind that hats, sunglasses, cameras and sun block are all good things to bring. Students can bring backpacks but they will need to leave them on the bus and will not have access to them during the day.
Q: My son/daughter or relative is graduating soon and I would like to attend. Can you tell me when his/her graduation is?
A: Since we graduate 24 language classes on a weekly basis, you will have to be in touch with your child/relative for an exact date and time of the graduation. Please keep in mind that graduations are usually early in the morning, and that you will need to go through a security check before being granted access to the base.
For more information regarding directions to DLIFLC go to the Presidio of Monterey website.
Please make sure that you have a valid driver license or a passport for each adult member of your party, in order to be allowed in. Also, a valid car registration and insurance documents are needed, if you plan to drive on the base.
Q: I have a rental property in the Monterey area and I would like to offer it to your students, faculty or staff. How can I do that?
A: In order to advertise your rental property, please contact our Housing office (HSO) at 831-242-7979 to get more information.
Q: I need to verify employment status for a member of DLIFLC faculty or staff. How can I do that?
A: In case when you need employment or salary verification – for a personal loan for instance – please use The Work Number:
You will need to login in and find the employer. The code for the Department of Defense is 10365, Department of Defense, United States (Civilian Employees) and just follow the steps.