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 aviation service. Each service administers this bonus differently:
Air Force has not released details of its fiscal 2008 ACP program.
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. Two programs are available: Long-Term and Captain (Short Term).
The Captain (Short-Term) bonus is paid through the 13th year of service. Rates for short-term contracts:
- AV-8B, KC-130, MV-22, AH-1 and UH-1 pilots: $10,000 per year.
- F/A18 and CH-53 pilots: $7,500 per year.
- EA-6B and CH-46 pilots: $6,000 per year.
- Naval flight officers: $2,500 per year.
The long-term contract is available to captains and majors who need 36 months or more to complete 16 years of service. The bonus is paid through the 16th year of service. Long-term contract rates are:
- AV-8B, KC-130, MV-22, AH-1 and UH-1 pilots: $20,000 per year.
- F/A18 and CH-53 pilots: $1`5,000 per year.
- EA-6B and CH-46 pilots: $12,000 per year.
- Naval flight officers: $5,000 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 the five-year bonus, offered one year prior to the completion of active-duty service obligation, aviators may elect to receive 50 percent of that total — $62,500 — in a lump-sum payment, after successfully selecting for their department head career milestones. 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 $15,000 a year and available to both pilots and NFOs, regardless of community.
For fiscal 2008, the Aviation Continuation Pay program includes most aviation warrant officer specialties, and is targeted at three major groups of warrant officers — pilots in tactical operations units, 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, 1983 through Sept. 30, 2002.
Annual bonuses of $15,000 are available to maintenance test pilots (SQI G) and maintenance test flight examiners (SQI L), and bonuses of $12,000 for 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.