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2009 Flight Pay

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.

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.

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:

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    

Notes:

  • 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:

Army:

For fiscal 2009, the Aviation Continuation Pay program includes most aviation warrant officer specialties, and is targeted at five major groups of warrant officers. The application deadline is Sept. 30, 2009, 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 under the program are:

  • Tactical operations (SQI I): $12,000 per year for a three-year contract.
  • Special operations (ASI K4, K5 or K6): $12,000 per year or $1,000 per month, as appropriate, for contracts of two years or less; $18,000 per year for a three-year contract; $25,000 per year for a four-year contract.
  • Maintenance test pilots and maintenance test flight evaluators (SQI G and L): $15,000 per year for a three-year contract.
  • CH-47D and CH-47F instructor pilot; senior instructor pilot and instrument flight examiner; and standardization instructor pilot (MOS 154C/F and SQI C, F and H) with less than 19 years of service: $15,000 per year for a three-year contract.
  • AH-64A, AH-64D, CH-47D and CH-47F pilots (BASD of Oct. 1, 1985 through Sept. 30, 1990, and SQI C, F, H, G or L) who will not reach 25 years of aviation service by the end of the service obligation incurred under the contract: $25,000 per year for a three-year contract.

Navy:

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.

Marine Corps:

Short-term and long-term contracts are available. They are 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.

The short-term contract is available to captains and majors who need 24 months or more to complete 13 years of service. The bonus is paid through the 13th year of commissioned service.

Rates for short-term contracts:

  • AV-8B, KC-130, MV-22, AH-1 and UH-1 pilots: $10,000 per year.
  • F/A-18 and CH-53 pilots: $7,500 per year.
  • EA-6B and CH-46 pilots: $5,000 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/A-18 and CH-53 pilots: $15,000 per year.
  • EA-6B and CH-46 pilots: $10,000 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.

Air Force:

For fiscal 2009, the Air Force expanded its aviator continuation pay program to include some pilots who turned down earlier offers and some retirement-eligible rated officers who aren't receiving the pay.

Pilots reaching the end of their eight-year service commitment who agree to stay another five years get an annual bonus of $25,000, with about 655 eligible. Air battle managers reaching the end of their six-year service commitment who agree to stay for five years can get an annual bonus of $15,000, with about 93 eligible. Combat systems officers [navigators] are not eligible for an initial ACP.

Pilots who turned down earlier bonus offers and have less than 13 years military service can take a bonus that pays $15,000 annually if they promise to stay three to five additional years. The bonus cannot take the pilot past 15 years of military service. About 480 pilots qualify.

Retirement-eligible pilots, combat systems officers and air battle managers below the rank of colonel who are not receiving a bonus can sign up for one that pays $15,000 a year for three to five years. The officers become ineligible for the bonus once they reach the 25-year mark.