Welcome to the DLI-Washington Office
The DLI-Washington office, situated in the District of Columbia, is a satellite office for DLIFLC headquartered in Monterey, California. The office has three primary functions:
- Administer the Contract Foreign Language Training Program (CFLTP), providing full-time resident instruction for military linguists in low enrollment languages, for all Defense Attaché System (DAS) personnel, and for other language training requirements which cannot be met through regularly scheduled courses at DLIFLC at the Presidio of Monterey
- Represent the DLIFLC Commandant in the National Capital Region, acting as a liaison to DoD and other government agencies, as well as academic organizations.
- Provide training and certification for presidential translators who serve the Washington-Moscow Direct Communications Link (MOLINK).
- Training is conducted through five commercial foreign language schools in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.
Once a student has begun studying a particular language, he or she will be engaged full time in this activity. This means that the student is assigned no other duties during the training period, while rare exceptions are made for flag officers, SES-equivalents, and spouses.
Due to the nature of the training program, classes tend to look and feel different from how they might be conducted at DLIFLC in Monterey. The contracted learning institutions are free to use whatever methods and materials they feel will enable students to reach their objectives. Flexibility in curriculum is key to adapting to the special learning needs of a particular student.
Students at DLI-Washington are assigned proficiency level objectives based on the language they are studying, the length of the course, and their background. These objectives are stated in terms of the USG Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) Skill Level Descriptions. The objective for most basic courses is level 2 in all tested skills.
Most students are tested at the end of their courses using a DoD-approved proficiency test. The skills tested, the format of the test, and the delivery system all vary by language. The student will be notified of the type of test they will be taking during the academic in-processing at DLI-Washington. Additional briefings during the course about testing will be made available for specific information.
To learn more about the Defense Language Proficiency Test click here.
DLI-Washington only provides language training for students who have been assigned by their respective Service or Agency. Requests for training are not directly accepted from units or individuals; the request must go throughDLIFLC channels and the Scheduling Division in Monterey which determines how and where the requirement can best be satisfied.
Incoming students should contact DLI-Washington immediately upon receipt of orders or a training schedule for further information regarding the location of training.
In addition, non-Defense Attaché Service students should call DLI-Washington no later than two weeks prior to their start date to schedule academic in-processing. Students with assignments/orders to DLI-Washington should fill a Student Questionnaire immediately upon receipt of orders and return to DLI-Washington via fax 703-692-1056 or email.
Request for Spouse Language Training at DLI-Washington:
Effective January 04, 2021, DLI-Washington no longer supports separate classes for spouses or part-time, online classes for spouses. All spouse training is full-time, resident training in the same class as the service member sponsor. No changes are permitted once enrolled. Although the Student Questionnaire provides a Spouse training interest block, there is no guarantee of spouse language training.
Students who wish to attain spouse training need to contact their respective service quota manager and complete the spouse training request form. The form must be sent back to DLI-W no later than 45 days from the beginning of language training as is it takes approximately six weeks for DLI-W to put training on contract.
Before completing the enrollment form, DLI-Washington strongly encourages each spouse to carefully assess the amount of time and resources they have available to commit to training. Once training has been secured, no changes are permitted. For spouses who need to change their training status will need drop the course.
Spouses opting to take full-time training are subject to the same academic policies and procedures for time and attendance, participation, testing, and professional standards as the service member sponsor.
Students will need to in-process both at DLI-Washington and their respective Service unit or Agency. Students need to complete all in-processing and housing arrangements prior to the class start date. For more information please download and consult our student handbook.
For service-specific information please go to the DLI-Washington New Students page.
In the event of a national or natural emergency during the duty day, accountability will be established through contact with the training facilities. Accountability during off-duty hours will be established by calls to the routine and emergency contact numbers provided at in-processing. It is the student’s responsibility to keep this information current.
Students who are not available at those numbers should contact the DLI-Washington Office at (703) 692-5478 (office land lines) or (703) 400-0632 or (703) 901-6132 / (703) 371-5957 (office cells).
The DLI-Washington Office Emergency Action Plan directs you to remain in place and follow guidance issued by the Office of Personnel Management through DLI-Washington and the respective schools.
Further guidance is provided by official announcements on radio (especially all-news WTOP 1500 AM or 103.5 FM), on local TV stations, or on-line at the Office of Personnel Management web site.
If these announcements say that the Federal government is closed, or that only “essential” personnel need to report for duty, classes will not be held. If a “liberal or unscheduled leave” or “delayed arrival” policy is in effect, students will report to class on time.
Students should be guided only by announcements pertaining to Federal government employees. Closings announced for locations where the training facility is located or where one resides, such as Fort Meade, or local jurisdictions such as the District of Columbia, Prince George’s County, Alexandria, or Fairfax County, do not pertain to DLI-Washington students.