Teach in the Department of Foreign Languages

Thank you for your interest in teaching in the Department of Foreign Languages! We are constantly searching for top-quality Army officers with extensive knowledge of foreign languages and cultures to teach and share their experiences with the cadets at USMA.  We believe that knowing a foreign language is a vital part of understanding other cultures and peoples.  Our instructors help to prepare future officers to lead soldiers no matter where in the world the Army sends them.

For the Faculty Search Period with a deadline of 25 October 2023, we are specifically looking for instructors of Arabic (2 year ACS slot), German (2 year ACS slot), Persian (2 year ACS slot), Russian (2 year ACS slot), French (Direct Hire Slot), Spanish (Direct Hire Slot), and Portuguese (Direct Hire Slot). We are also looking for a French Rotating PhD (3 year ACS slot). Those officers would start graduate school, if necessary, during the Summer of 2025, with a follow-on assignment in the Department of Foreign Languages at West Point beginning on or around 1 July 2027 or for the French PhD 1 July 2028. Direct hires would begin on or around 1 July 2025 (see the FAQ portion of this website for ACS and Direct Hire tour lengths, however they are all 3-year teaching positions). DFL also hires Chinese Instructors, however we are not actively looking for these during this hiring cycle.

Does this sound exciting to you?

Please feel free to contact us at the addresses below regarding your language of interest:

Arabic – dfl.arabic@westpoint.edu 

Chinese –  dfl.chinese@westpoint.edu

French –  dfl.french@westpoint.edu

German –  dfl.german@westpoint.edu

Persian –  dfl.persian@westpoint.edu

Portuguese –  dfl.portuguese@westpoint.edu

Russian –  dfl.russian@westpoint.edu

Spanish –  dfl.spanish@westpoint.edu

In order to teach in the Department of Foreign Languages (DFL) an Officer must:

  • be in the grade of O3 or above (primary focus on year groups 2017, 2018 and 2019)
  • be a career course graduate
  • be Company Grade Key Development (KD) complete (No later than start of graduate school)
  • possess the aptitude to teach one or more of the languages within the DFL, based on your Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) score (2/2 or higher) and a candidate interview
  • possess at least a master’s degree in the language being taught

Graduate study concentrations such as Area Studies may only be considered on a case-by-case basis and approved by the DFL Chain of Command.

You can apply to join the rotating military faculty through the Army Advanced Civil Schooling (ACS) program (master’s or, in some cases, Ph.D.) or through a direct fill assignment (if you already possess at least a master’s degree and display proficiency in the language).  If selected to teach in DFL, the Army will grant you a fully paid scholarship to earn a graduate degree from a U.S. university of your choice (concentrating in literature, linguistics, or second language acquisition).  Master’s degree candidates must complete their degree in one or two years; Ph.D. candidates have three years. 

Upon degree completion, rotating military faculty members will serve a three-year utilization tour teaching foreign language at USMA. 


Point of Contact: Please contact the DFL Personnel Section: COL Zachary Miller, zachary.miller@westpoint.edu, MAJ David Frye, david.frye@westpoint.edu, or MAJ Antonio Mendoza antonio.mendoza@westpoint.edu with any questions or concerns regarding the faculty application process.