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Medical & Dental Special Pay Rates

Reservists mobilized for 30 days or less - for two-week annual training, for example - get pro-rated Basic Allowance for Housing Reserve Component/Transit (BAH RC/T), formerly known as BAH Type II, at 1/30th of the monthly rate for each day of active duty. Partial BAH is paid to service members without dependents who live in government quarters. BAH Differential is paid to service members living in government quarters who pay child support; it is not paid if the amount of the child support is less than the BAH Differential rate for the member's paygrade. For 2008, BAH RC/T rates rise about 7.3 percent, the same as the average increase in regular Basic Allowance for Housing, while BAH Differential rates rise about 3.5 percent, the same as the 2008 basic pay raise.

Medical officers (annual)
Years of Service Variable special payAdditional special payBoard-certified pay
Undergoing internship$1,200 N/AN/A
0 to 5 years5,000$15,000 $2,500
6 to 7 years12,00015,0002,500
8 to 9 years11,50015,0002,500
10 to 11 years11,00015,0003,500
12 to 13 years10,00015,0004,000
14 to 17 years9,00015,0005,000
18 to 21 years8,00015,0006,000
22 or more years7,00015,0006,000
Paygrade O-7 and above7,00015,0006,000
Multiyear special pay (MSP) varies by specialty and length of service commitment. Medical officers below pay grade O-7, qualified in critical specialties and with eight or more years of creditable service and who have met their active-duty obligation for education may receive the MSP bonus if they agree to serve for an additional 2-, 3- or 4-year period. Incentive special pay (ISP) is paid to specialists not in internship or residency. Officers below grade O-7 who are qualified in a particular medical specialty may receive the ISP bonus if they agree to remain on active duty at least one more year. Dental officers in certain specialties are eligible for the dental officer multiyear retention bonus.


Medical officer annual multiyear special pay and incentive special pay (MSP & ISP)
*** Medical Special Pay ***
Specialty2-year contract3-year contract4-year contractISP only or w/oblig.ISP w/ MSP
Anesthesiology$25,000 $38,000 $50,000 $36,000 $50,000
Cardiology (Adult)(1)21,00031,00041,00036,00041,000
Emergency medicine17,00025,00033,00026,00026,000
Family practice17,00025,00033,00013,00013,000
General surgery25,00038,00050,00029,00034,000
Internal medicine13,00019,00025,00014,00014,000
Physical/Aerospace Medicine12,00013,00017,00013,00013,000
Preventive/Occupational Medicine13,00019,00025,00013,00013,000
Pulmonary/IM-Critical Care(1)21,00031,00041,00023,00026,000
Subspecialty Cat. I(4)23,00034,00045,00036,00041,000
Subspecialty Cat. II(5)12,00013,00017,00028,00028,000
Subspecialty Cat. III(6)12,00013,00017,00023,00026,000
Subspecialty Cat. IV(7)13,00019,00025,00014,00014,000
Subspecialty Cat. V(8)21,00031,00041,00036,00041,000
(1) Due to unique Air Force shortages in pulmonary and adult cardiology, Air Force only may set MSP four-year contract rate at or below $50,000 under a pilot program; other services stay at the $41,000 cap. Pilot program will be evaluated in one year. (2) Services may set MSP four-year contract rate at less than $50,000 per year (3) Services may set MSP four-year contract rate at less than $33,000 per year (4) Cardio-thoracic, colon/rectal, oncology, pediatric, plastic, vascular, trauma/critical care surgery; transplant; (5) Nuclear medicine; (6) Residency trained in allergy/immunology; nephrology; hematology/oncology; pediatric cardiology; neonatology; and fellowship-trained critical care or intensive medicine specialists; (7) All internal medicine/pediatric subspecialties not listed in Subspecialty Categories I or III. (8) Physicians fellowship trained in otolaryngology, OB/GYN and urology.


Dental officer annual multiyear retention bonus
2-year contract
3-year contract
4-year contract
Oral-maxillofacial surgeons(1)$25,000 $38,000 $50,000
Comprehensive/operative dentistry25,00038,00050,000
Oral pathology/diagnosis/medicine20,00030,00040,000
Pediatric dentistry20,00030,00040,000
Public health dentistry20,00030,00040,000
Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD)20,00030,00040,000
Dental research20,00030,00040,000
Endodontics (Advanced Clinical Practice)13,00019,00025,000
Exodontia (ACP)13,00019,00025,000
General dentistry (ACP)13,00019,00025,000
Periodontics (ACP)13,00019,00025,000
Prosthodontics (ACP)13,00019,00025,000
(1) Oral-maxillofacial surgeons below the paygrade of O-7 with a current, valid, unrestricted license or approved waiver also are eligible for Incentive Special Pay at a rate of $30,000 per year.


  • Registered nurse accession bonus: A qualified RN who agrees to accept a commission and be assigned nurse duties may receive an accession bonus of up to $20,000 for a three-year contract and up to $30,000 for a four-year contract.
  • Registered nurse incentive special pay: A qualified RN may receive annual incentive special pay at a rate of up to $5,000 for a one-year contract, up to $10,000 per year for a two-year contract, up to $15,000 per year for a three-year contract, and up to $20,000 per year for a four-year contract.
  • Certified registered nurse anesthetist: A qualified CRNA who agrees to remain on active duty may receive incentive special pay of up to $20,000 for a one-year contract; up to $25,000 per year for a two-year contract; up to $35,000 per year for a three-year contract; and up to $40,000 per year for a four-year contract.
  • Dental officer accession bonus: A qualified dentist who agrees to accept a commission, be assigned dentist duties and remain on active duty for four years may receive up to a $75,000 accession bonus.
  • Optometrists and Veterinarians: Optometrists and veterinarians serving on active duty are entitled to $100 a month in special pay. Optometrists who draw special pay, have completed their obligation for education/training and agree to remain for two years qualify for the $6,000 per year retention special pay.
  • Pharmacy officer retention special pay: Pharmacists in pay grades O-6 and below who have completed their active-duty obligation for education/training and agree to remain for at least one more year qualify for retention special pay (see rates under dental officer variable special pay, above).
  • Pharmacy officer accession bonus: A qualified pharmacist who agrees to accept a commission, be assigned duty as a pharmacist and remain on active duty for at least four years may receive up to a $30,000 accession bonus.
  • Psychologists, non-physician health care providers and veterinarians: Qualified psychologists, non-physician health care providers and veterinarians who are board certified in their specialty may receive board-certified pay at the annual rates below
Length of service Board-certified pay
Less than 10 years$2,000
10 to 11 years2,500
12 to 13 years3,000
14 to 17 years4,000
18 or more years5,000


Critical Skills Wartime Accession Bonus
Under the fiscal 2007 Defense Authorization Act, the military services may pay wartime accession bonuses beginning in fiscal 2008 to medical and dental officers who agree to serve at least four years. During the active-duty service obligation for which they qualify for the critical wartime skills accession bonus, officers are not eligible for multiyear special or incentive pay. Bonus rates:
Medical specialtiesAmount
Aerospace medicine$175,000
Diagnostic radiology300,000
Emergency medicine175,000
Family Practice175,000
General surgery300,000
Internal medicine150,000
Preventive medicine150,000
Pulmonary medicine250,000
Vascular surgery300,000