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MARINE CORPS LANGUAGE PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR AND COMMAND LANGUAGE PROGRAM OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS

Date Signed: 1/2/2018
MARADMINS Number: 001/18

R 021954Z JAN 18
MARADMIN 001/18
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC I//
SUBJ/MARINE CORPS LANGUAGE PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR AND COMMAND LANGUAGE PROGRAM OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS//
POC/A. E. SAGEBIEL MSGT/UNIT: CMC WASHINGTON DC I/-/TEL: COMM (703) 614-6561 DSN224-6561/EMAIL: ANN.SAGEBIEL@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  This MARADMIN solicits nominations for the Marine Corps Language Professional of the Year (LPOY) and the Command Language Program of the Year (CLPOY) 2017.  These awards recognize the contributions of Marine Corps language professionals and Command Language Programs (CLPs) during Fiscal Year (FY) 2017.  LPOY nominations are open to active-duty and reserve Marines who meet the criteria in paragraph 3 below and whose linguistic knowledge and abilities provided outstanding support directly to operating forces.  Marines from any MOS who meet the criteria are eligible and encouraged to apply.  CLPOY nominations are open to any command wishing to recognize outstanding CLPs for accomplishments during FY 2017.
2.  LPOY and CLPOY nomination packages from the operating forces require Marine Forces Command-level endorsement via the chain of command.  Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (MCIA) and Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion nominations will be endorsed by Commanding Officer, MCIA.  An awards board will convene during April 2018 to review nominations and select winners.  The Marine LPOY and CLPOY winners will also be the Marine Corps nominees for Department of Defense (DoD) LPOY and CLPOY.  The DoD LPOY and CLPOY board will be held at the Defense Language Institute/Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC), Monterey, CA during July 2018.
3.  Nominations for Marine LPOY must be unclassified and be received by HQMC IOE NLT 2 April 2018.  Nominee’s actions must have taken place from 1 October 2016 – 30 September 2017.  Eligibility for this award is limited to Staff Sergeant and below.  Applicants must have current Interagency Language Roundtable scores of 2 or higher in both listening and reading on the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) or a score of 2 or higher on the Oral Proficiency Interview.  More favorable consideration will be given to scores in excess of 2.  Nominees must meet Marine Corps height, weight, and physical fitness standards at the time of submission.  Packages must include:
    A.  Unit Commander's nominating memorandum that details the nominee’s mission accomplishments, training contributions, and self-improvement.
    B.  An 8” x 10” head and shoulder photo of the nominee in the Service charlie uniform.
    C.  A copy of the nominee's current DA Form 330 or similar documentation of FY17 DLPT scores for each language tested.
    D.  An essay (not a research paper; i.e., no references or footnotes) by the nominee, not to exceed five double-spaced type written pages, 12 point font, addressing the following topic:  "Develop and describe a program that raises DLPT scores of the linguists in your unit to 3/3.  In this plan, address any training gaps and recommendations that you would provide to your command team in order to:  1) maintain and increase DLPT scores of linguists that graduated from DLIFLC at the 2+/2+ level and 2) increase DLPT scores of linguists who graduated from DLIFLC at the 2/2 level.”
4.  CLPOY nomination packages must be unclassified, shall not exceed 12 pages, and must be received by HQMC IOE NLT 2 April 2018.  Nominee’s actions must have taken place from 1 October 2016 – 30 September 2017.  Packages must include the following information and adhere to the nomination package template, which can be obtained by contacting the POC in paragraph 5:
    A.  The Commander's description of the program, not to exceed two pages, highlighting personnel involved in the program, significant accomplishments throughout the fiscal year, awards received, the importance of language to the unit's mission, and how the unit's leadership supports the mission.
    B.  The Commander's descriptions, in bullet list form and not exceeding one page, of the following items:
        (1)  Role of the Command Language Council.
        (2)  Command regulations and guidance on the language program.
        (3)  Command linguist database and record keeping.
        (4)  Training resources that the command utilizes and their employment.
        (5)  Instructional methodologies employed by the command and the system used to evaluate linguists.
        (6)  Training opportunities available to the command’s linguists and selection criteria, including the contribution of language training to the unit’s mission.
        (7)  Tools used to evaluate the overall effectiveness of the CLP.
        (8)  Incentive programs in place for the unit’s linguists.
        (9)  Marketing by the command of its CLP.
        (10) Responsibilities and importance of the unit CLP Manager.
5.  Submit all nomination packets via email in PDF format to MSgt A. E. Sagebiel at HQMC_ForeignLanguageProgram_OPI@usmc.mil.
6.  Marine Corps LPOY and CLPOY Awards will be presented during the MCAF Intelligence Awards Dinner on 20 September 2018 in Arlington, Virginia.
7.  The Marine Corps LPOY awardee and CLPOY awardee representative will be present at the DoD LPOY/CLPOY recognition ceremony at DLIFLC, Monterey, CA on 21 August 2018.  Additionally, the Marine Corps CLPOY awardee representative will present a 10-15 minute “best practices” brief to colleagues at DLIFLC, Monterey, CA on 21 August 2018.  The brief is due to the MSgt Sagebiel (HQMC_ForeignLanguageProgram_OPI@usmc.mil) NLT 1 August 2018.
8.  Release authorized by Mr. P. C. Chudoba, Assistant Director of Intelligence, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps.//