Following our Learning the Lingo article in Army&You’s winter 2018 edition, Esther Thomas, AFF’s regional manager overseas, has learnt that you can no longer access funding and arrange your own language training. All future training must be delivered through the DESch Capita language training contract.

Esther said: “This lack of flexibility is frustrating, and it doesn’t always offer the most cost-effective solution. However, there appears to be little scope to challenge this.”

We advise you to plan training early as in-country provision is reliant on Capita being able to sub-contract with approved tutors. If you believe you’re eligible, email

The basic support is non-transferable and is for a tutor’s contact time only; other resources can’t be provided. Training hours vary depending on the difficulty of the language.

For spouse training queries, email

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