Foreign Language Recruiting Initiative

Section I
Foreign Language Recruiting Initiative (09C)

FLRI enlistments are only authorized in the first two quarters of the Fiscal Year.


9-25. Foreign Language Recruiting Initiative (FLRI)
The FLRI has been implemented nationwide to cover all ARNG Recruiting and Retention Commands. In order to fully maximize the FLRI and its utility to the ARNG, it will be open to anyone for whom English is a second language.

a. Previous FLRI qualifications have changed. The Spanish Wonderlic Personnel Test (SWPT) has been removed from FLRI qualifications and has been replaced with the Assembling Objects (AO) subtest score. Individuals must score a minimum of 54 on the subtest. The AO is already tested during normal Computerized Adaptive Test (CAT) Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) and requires no additional special tests. If the individual took the SASVAB (School ASVAB Version) they must retest at the MEPS utilizing the CAT ASVAB.
b. All FLRI enlistments are only authorized in the first two quarters of the fiscal year. This is to allow enough time for the FLRI candidate to complete English language training and retest on the Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT), to minimize the impact of CAT IV enlistments within a fiscal year on other programs. The number and percentage of CAT IV enlistments is derived from the total number of Non-Prior Service (NPS) enlistments at the end of the fiscal year. The Army National Guard will not exceed the 4% cap on CAT IV enlistments for all ARNG programs.
c. The FLRI falls under Program 9A, MOS 09C1L00YY (Language Trainee). This program is available to ARNG enlistees. Individuals enlisting in the FLRI program will be assigned to the State JFHQ in an excess position until completion of English as a Second Language (ESL) training, retesting, and renegotiation of MOS and unit. The following criteria must be met prior to enlistment:

(1) Basic eligibility requirements IAW AR 601-210 Chapter 2, with the following additional criteria:

(a) Be a high school diploma graduate.
(b) Be a non-prior service applicant.
(c) Attain an Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score of 21-30 on the ASVAB with a qualifying line score of 54 in the AO subtest. Applicants with a 31 AFQT or higher will be enlisted for any program they qualify for, to include those applicants required to attend the ESL training.

(2) FLRI applicants must be tested at the Military Entrance processing Station (MEPS) only. Mobile Examination Test (MET) Sites are not set up to administer the CAT ASVAB.
Note: TAPAS is required but do not need passing grade IAW SMOM 17-017.
(3) Take the English Comprehension Language Test (ECLT) or American Language Course Placement Test (ALCPT) at the MEPS and score between 40 and 74.

d. The MEPS Guidance Counselor (GC) must inform FLRI applicants of the following information:

(1) Soldier will not initially be guaranteed training in any specific MOS/CMF.
(2) Soldier will not initially be guaranteed an assignment to any specific station, unit, command, or area. ARNG soldiers will be required to attend the ESL Program at one of two locations (Fort Allen, PR or Lackland AFB, TX) for up to 30 weeks based on current ECLT Score.

(a) Applicants living in Puerto Rico will in-process and attend ESL at Fort Allen, PR (only PR applicants enlisting as 09E). The GC will ensure that all PRARNG applicants accessing under the FLRI option reflects Reception Battalion of Fort Allen, PR.
(b) All other State or Territory applicants with a primary language of Spanish or any other primary language will access as a MOS of 09C1L00YY and in-process Reception Battalion at Fort Sill, OK prior to attending ESL at Lackland AFB, TX. The GC will ensure that all FLRI applicants accessing under the FLRI option reflects Reception Battalion at Fort Sill, OK.

e. Soldier will be administered the ECLT or the ALCPT upon completion of ESL Program. Soldiers scoring 75 or greater, will be required to take the Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT). If the Soldier fails to attain the required score of 75 or better on the ECLT, the individual will be separated from the Army National Guard as an entry level separation, regardless of AFQT and aptitude area scores. Telephonic waivers to this rule will be reviewed on a case by case basis by NGB (ARNG-HRR) Recruiting Operations Branch (ROB) for Soldiers scoring between 70-74.
f. The resulting scores from the AFCT test will become the scores of record from which qualifications for training and enlistment programs will be determined. If an AFCT of at least 21 is not obtained with at least one qualifying aptitude area score, the soldier will be assigned a MOS and enlistment program based on their initial ASVAB scores.
g. If neither the AFCT test nor the initial ASVAB scores qualify the Soldier for a MOS and enlistment program, the Soldier will be separated from the Army National Guard.
h. Renegotiations will be sent through the respective State Initial Entry Training Manager to NGB (ARNG-HRR, ROB) for consideration.
i. Applicants who test positive on a drug or alcohol screening test are not authorized to process for the FLRI program.
j. Soldiers discharged from the FLRI program will be required to meet all enlistment standards outlined in AR 601-210 prior to applying for re-enlistment into the ARNG. They will enlist as a Glossary Non-Prior Service and will not be authorized to re-enter the FLRI program.

Reference
a. AR 621-8 Managing the Defense English Language Program.

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