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2012 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. Aviators retained under stop-loss policies do not incur a step-down rate reduction if they cross a years-of-aviation-service threshold.

Years of monthly aviation serviceRate
Less than 2$125
More than 2156
More than 3188
More than 4206
More than 6650
More than 14840
More than 22*585
More than 23*495
More than 24*385
More than 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:

  • Eight 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 monthly aviation serviceRate
Less than 4$150
More than 4225
More than 8350
More than 14400

Personnel must meet three flying “gates” to be eligible for the incentive program:

  • Six years of operational flying duty in the first 10 years of aviation service to receive continuous flight pay through 15 years of service.
  • Nine 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, Flying Duty

Hazardous duty incentive pay is payable to personnel who are required to fly a minimum of four hours per month while serving as crew members performing duties essential to the operation of an aircraft, or duties required for a mission that can be accomplished only with an in-flight aircraft. Rates for officers and enlisted crew members:

PaygradeRate
O-7 to O-10$150
O-5, O-6250
O-4225
O-3175
O-1, O-2150
W-4, W-5250
W-3175
W-1, W-2150
E-7 to E-9240
E-6215
E-5190
E-4165
E-1 to E-3150

Notes:

  • Noncrew members performing in-flight, mission-essential duties that cannot be performed by crew members 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, and the details change from year to year:

Navy: The Navy has not yet released details of its fiscal 2012 Aviation Career Continuation Pay program.

Air Force: The Air Force has not yet released details of its fiscal 2012 Aviation Continuation Pay program.

Army: The Army has not yet announced details of its fiscal 2012 Aviation Continuation Pay program, but at press time service budget officials did not expect major changes from the 2011 program, which ran from early March through September.

The 2011 program featured annual bonuses of $12,000 to $25,000 for certain categories of Regular Army warrant officer pilots with six to 25 years of rated aviation service. The biggest bonuses went to experienced special operations pilots. As in the past, these officers could receive up to $150,000 by extending their careers for six years.

The target population included two categories of officers: AH-64 Apache instructor pilots and officers in aviation specialties assigned to the Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Officers not eligible for bonuses included commissioned officers and reservists, to include members of the Active Guard and Reserve, and mobilized National Guard and Army Reserve officers.

Marine Corps: The Marine Corps has not released details of its fiscal 2012 Aviation Continuation Pay program.

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