CULP

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  1. 34KING18

    34KING18 Member

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    Hey guys. Quick question. I spoke with an Army officer about CULP. I am fluent in an eastern European language. He said that I could test and have if verified that I am fluent in that language. I would have no problem having it verified as I speak, read and write that language anywhere else other than school and work. My question is, how do they verify it? Do they just have me speak with someone and they verify it, or is it a paper test? Also, if I had it verified, would I be given priority to CULP to that Eastern European country that I know the language from? Thank you
     
  2. Dckc88

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    I don't have an answer, however, this topic came up on a visit for my DD. She is also fluent in a second language, it was brought up on the visit and she pointed out that the language she knows would not be very useful (German), we were told she should still have it verified because being fluent in a second language proves she can learn a second language and would help her on getting assigned to CULP. Not necessarily in Germany.
     
  3. nofodad

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    Unfortunately sometimes CULP assignments can seem random. Many stories of cadets fluent in Chinese ending up in South America. I guess it doesn't hurt to ask. What did your Cadre and HR person say when you asked them?
     
  4. ChildeRoland76

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    First of all, kudos to you for learning a second language. Now as for Culp, I'm not sure about how you quantify your skill in another language. It would be in your best interest to get tested and have that in your file. I believe there is also added money in it for you for knowing another language and getting certified. Not sure if it's knowing the language or taking additional language classes. If it were me, I would get the certification as soon as possible, it can't hurt your file only help. I would think all the Culp assignments are out though. Talk to your advisor about it, I'm sure they have more up to date information.
     
  5. cb7893

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    A/O several years ago, my DS verified by taking tests at an Army installation close to his university. He passed two tests which qualified for yearly bonus payments called CLIP B.

    I don't know if those payments are still available, but they do (or at least did) contribute points towards his OML. I do specifically remember that Portuguese and Spanish were not eligible, but Russian and Ukrainian were.

    The C in CLIP stands for "Critical", as in Critical to national security.

    :thumb: to all who are studying a foreign language. Regardless of extra pay, OML points or usefulness in a career it works a part of the brain that doesn't get much exercise. It will even make you a better English speaker. Best of all, there is no better feeling than putting a foreigner back on his/her heels when they are addressed by a "dumb" American in their own language.

    If you didn't grow up speaking a language, use the term "fluent" sparingly.
     
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  6. Wilco

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    Read that CLIP-b was cut in 2014 then restored 2015 and now still valid? But payments for successful class completion can be delayed months.
    DS is interested as he speaks Mandarin. He also got an A in calculus so I asked my wife who is his father? She said you wouldn't know him he is a smart guy.

    Here is updated AR from January 2016, on the language program for active or reserve Army, 53 pages.

    AR 11-6: Army Foreign Language Program www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/r11_6.pdf
     
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    I have one of those also.

    I asked my wife the same question. She said, "What's it matter? He got it all from me anyway."
     
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