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  • Special Pay Overview

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    In addition to military basic pay, benefits, and allowances, members of the armed forces may also receive special pays and incentive pays depending on their career field or location. Special pays include hardship duty pay, foreign language pay, sea pay, special assignment pay, and flight pay. Unlike military allowances, special pay is taxable unless the member is earning the pay while in a designated combat zone. The following is a ... more

  • Overseas Extension Pay

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    The military may offer certain servicemembers an added incentive for extending their overseas tour. Called Overseas Extension Pay, this special incentive comes in three forms. Overseas Extension Pay Eligibility Entitlement to this Special Pay or Bonus is based on the following conditions and is at the discretion of the the military service branch:    Member has an entitlement to basic pay Member is serving in a duty specialty ... more

  • Aviator Retention Bonus

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    Aviator Retention Bonus, also known as Aviation Continuation Pay, or Aviator Career Continuation Pay in the Navy, is for aviation officers who agree to remain on operational flying duty for at least one year after their initial term of service. Aviator Retention bonus may not be paid to anyone in the pay grade O-7 or above To receive the ACP, you must submit an application. Annual amounts vary depending on each service's needs and the length... more

  • Special Pay for Nurse Corps Officers

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    Qualified Nurse Corps Offcers may be eligible for an accession (sign-on) bonus as well as monthly or annual incentive payments based on their speciality, length of service, or qualifications. Military Nurse Accession Bonus A person who is a registered nurse and who agrees to accept a commission as an officer  may be paid an accession bonus of up to $30,000 for a four year contract or up to $20,000 for a three year contract. Nurse Officer In... more

  • Special Pay for Dental Officers

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    Special pays for dental officers include an Accession Bonus (AB), Variable Special Pay (VSP), Board Certified Pay (BCP), Additional Special Pay (ASP), and a Multiyear Retention Bonus (MRB). The following is a summary of Special Pay for Dental: General Eligibility Variable Special Pay Board Certified Pay Additional Special Pay Multiyear Retention Bonus General Eligibility To be eligible for variable special pay, a... more

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