Aviation Career Incentive Pay
ACIP, for officers and warrant officers, is based on years of aviation service, not years of active commissioned service. The 2002 Defense Authorization Act ensures that aviators retained under stop-loss policies will not incur a step-down rate reduction if they cross a years-of-aviation-service threshold.
|Years of aviation service||Monthly rate|
|Less than 2||$ 125|
|More then 2 ||$ 156|
|More then 3 ||$ 188|
|More then 4 ||$ 206|
|More then 6 ||$ 650|
|More than 14||$ 840|
|More then 22* ||$ 585|
|More then 23* ||$ 495|
|More then 24* ||$ 385|
|More then 25* ||$ 250|
|*Does not apply to Army warrant officers; they remain at $840 per month for the remainder of their careers.|
An officer who had less than six years of aviation service as of Oct. 1, 1991, must have:
- 8 years of operational flying by 12th year of aviation service to receive continuous flight pay through 18 years of service.
- 10 years of operational flying by 18th year of aviation service to receive continuous flight pay through 22 years of service.
- 12 years of operational flying by 18th year of aviation service to receive continuous flight pay through 25 years of service.
Career enlisted flier incentive pay
The services may authorize this pay in lieu of hazardous duty incentive pay (flight pay) for enlisted crew members. Enlisted aviators may receive continuous flight pay as long as they meet operational flying requirements.
|Years of aviation service||Maximum monthly rate|
|Less than 4||$ 150 |
|More than 4||$ 225 |
|More than 8||$ 350 |
|More than 14||$ 400 |
Personnel must meet three flying "gates" to be eligible for the incentive program:
- 6 years of operational flying duty in the first 10 years of aviation service to receive continuous flight pay through 15 years of service.
- 9 years of operational flying duty in the first 15 years of aviation service to receive continuous flight pay through 20 years of service.
- 14 years of operational flying in the first 20 years of aviation service to receive continuous flight pay through 25 years of service.
Hazardous duty incentive pay
Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay (HDIP) is payable to nonrated personnel who are required to fly a minimum of four hours per month while serving as crewmembers performing duties essential to the operation of an aircraft, or duties required for a mission that only can be accomplished with an in-flight aircraft. Rates for officers and enlisted members:
|- Officer -|| ||- Enlisted -|| |
|Pay grade ||Monthly rate ||Pay grade ||Monthly rate |
|O-7 to O-10||$ 150 ||E-7 to E-9||$ 240 |
|O-5, O-6||$ 250 ||E-6||215|
|O-4||$ 225 ||E-5||190|
|O-3||$ 175 ||E-4||165|
|O-1, O-2||$ 150 ||E-1 to E-3 ||150|
|W-4, W-5||$ 250 |
|W-3||$ 175 |
|W-1, W-2||$ 150 |
- Non-crewmembers performing in-flight, mission-essential duties that cannot be performed by crewmembers are eligible for HDIP at a flat rate of $150 per month, regardless of paygrade.
- Reservists receive 1/30th of monthly aviation pay for each drill period of at least two flying hours.
Aviation continuation pay
By law, the services can offer up to $25,000 per year through the 25th year of commissioned service. But some services do not offer the allowable maximum payment for the allowable maximum length of service. The Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps offer up to $25,000 a year; the Army, $12,000. Each service administers this bonus differently:
While a few thousand aviators continue to draw annual payments under previous ACP programs, the Air Force has limited the fiscal 2007 ACP program to about 875 pilots and air battle managers reaching specific career decision points. Eligible pilots and air battle managers who agree to stay another five years get an annual bonus of $25,000 for pilots and $15,000 for air battle managers. In 2007, navigators are not eligible for ACP. Also, a previously-offered option to get 50 percent of the total five-year bonus as a lump sum after signing the agreement is not available for fiscal 2007.
ACP is offered to most pilots and air battle managers at the point when their active-duty service commitment expires. Pilot eligibility begins the day their active-duty service commitment for undergraduate pilot training expires during fiscal 2007. They also must have a minimum of nine years of active aviation service as pilots and meet all other eligibility requirements. Eligible air battle managers must have completed their initial ABM aeronautical rating active-duty service commitment and attain a minimum of six years of rated ABM aviation service during fiscal 2007. The six years are calculated from the date they received their wings.
Aviators who were eligible for ACP in previous years are not eligible for this year's program. Likewise, interservice transfers and those entering or returning to active duty through the National Guard, Reserve and the civilian sector are ineligible.
Short-term and long-term contracts are available. The short-term contract is offered to aviation officers with less than 13 years of service who are within one year of the end of their service obligation. Lieutenant colonels are not eligible for either contract. Three programs are available: Captain (Long-Term), Captain (Short-Term), and Major.
The Captain (Short-Term) bonus is paid through the 13th year of service. Rates for short-term contracts:
- Fixed-wing/rotary-wing pilots: $10,000 per year.
- Naval flight officers: $3,000 per year.
- Fixed-wing/rotary-wing captains: $18,000 per year.
- Naval flight officer captains: $7,000 per year.
- Fixed-wing/rotary-wing majors: $15,000 per year.
- Naval flight officer majors: $7,000 per year
The ACP program is open to AV-8B Harrier, EA-6B Prowler, F/A-18 Hornet, KC-130 Hercules, MV-22 Osprey, CH-53D Sea Stallion, CH-53E Super Stallion, AH-1 Cobra, UH-1 Huey and CH-46 Sea Knight pilots, as well as F/A-18 weapons systems officers and EA-6B electronic countermeasures officers.
The Navy offers bonuses for pilots and naval flight officers beginning with the conclusion of the aviator's initial active-duty service obligation. Pilots and naval flight officers opting for the initial five-year contract will receive $25,000 a year in continuation pay a total of $125,000. With this five-year contract, aviators may elect to receive 50 percent of that total $62,500 in a lump-sum payment. The remainder is paid in four equal annual installments. Short-term contracts of one to three years are offered to all aviators in qualified squadron or major command billets. All short-term contracts are for $15,000 a year and are available to both pilots and NFOs, regardless of community. Aviators also may receive payment one year before completing their active obligation.
For fiscal 2007, the Aviation Continuation Pay program includes most aviation warrant officer specialties. In a change from the past, it now has three major components: tactical operations officers, maintenance test pilots and maintenance test flight examiners, and special operations officers. The application deadline is Sept. 30 for annual retention incentives of $12,000 to $25,000, depending on bonus category and length of service extension.
These bonuses are in addition to regular flight pay (Aviation Career Incentive Pay), which ranges from $125 to $840 per month. The bonuses are available to rated warrant officers who have completed the six-year service obligation incurred by attending flight school.
Annual payments for pilots in special operations units are $12,000 for a two-year service agreement; $18,000 for three years and $25,000 for four years. Special operations applicants must be drawing ACIP; hold additional skill identifier K4 (special ops aviation), K5 (MH-60K pilot) or K6 (MH-47E pilot); and have an initial aviation rating date within the period Oct. 1, 1982 through Sept. 30, 2001.
Annual bonuses of $12,000 are available to maintenance test pilots (SQI G), maintenance test flight examiners (SQI L) and tactical operations officers (SQI I) who extend their aviation service for three years. Applicants must be drawing ACIP and hold military occupational specialty 152B, 152C, 152D, 152F/H, 153A, 153B, 153D, 153E, 154C or 154E.