Other Special Medical Pay

Filling a pharmacy prescription.

If you work in the health care field you may be eligible for a special pay bonus. The following is a summary of these bonuses and who qualifies for them:

Special Pay for Pharmacy Officers

Who is Eligible
A commissioned officer serving in a pay grade below O-7 who is a pharmacy officer in the Medical Service Corps of the Army or Navy, or the Biomedical Science Corps of the Air Force and is on active duty under a call or order to active duty for a period of not less than 2 years; and executes a contract to remain on active duty for a minimum of 2 years is eligible for a retention bonus.

Amount
Pharmacy Officer retention special pay will not exceed $15,000 per year for a 2-year obligation.

Special Pay for Optometrists

Retention Special Pay
An Optometry Officer who has completed any initial active duty service commitment incurred for education and training; and is determined by the Secretary concerned to be a qualified as an optometrist; may be eligible for retention special pay.

Amount
Optometry officers may be paid a retention special pay of not more than $15,000 for any 12-month period

Optometry Officer Special Pay
A commissioned officer of the Regular Army,Navy, or the Air Force who is designated as an optometry officer, or a commissioned officer of a Reserve Component of the Army, Navy, or the Air Force who is designated as an optometry officer who is on active duty as a result of a call or order to active duty for a period of at least 1-year; or an optometry officer on active duty less than 1-year, other than active duty for training is eligible for Optometry Special Pay.

Amount
$100 a month for each month of active duty.

Military Psychologists and Non-Physician Health Care Officers

An officer in the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service who is designated as a psychologist, and has been awarded a diploma as a Diplomate in Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, entitled to special pay.

Also eligible for special pay is one who:

  • Is an officer in the Medical Service Corps of the Army or Navy or a biomedical sciences officer in the Air Force;
  • Is designated as a psychologist; and
  • Has been awarded a diploma as a Diplomate in Psychology by American Board of Professional Psychology;

or one who:

  • Is an officer in the Medical Services Corps of the Army or Navy, a biomedical sciences officer in the Air Force, an officer in the Army Medical Specialist Corps, an officer of the Nurse Corps of the Army or Navy, an officer of the Air Force designated as a nurse, an officer of the Coast Guard or Coast Guard Reserve designated as a physician assistant, or an officer in the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service;
  • Is a health care provider (other than a psychologist);
  • Has a post baccalaureate degree; and
  • Is certified by a professional board in the officer's specialty.

Amount

  • $2,000 per year, if the officer has less than 10 years of creditable service;
  • $2,500 per year, if the officer has at least 10 but less than 12 years of creditable service;
  • $3,000 per year, if the officer has at least 12 but less than 14 years of creditable service;
  • $4,000 per year, if the officer has at least 14 but less than 18 years of creditable service; or
  • $5,000 per year, if the officer has 18 or more years of creditable service.

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