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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
  • Member has completed  an overseas tour of duty at a specific location
  • Signing an agreement at the end of the tour of duty to extend for at least one additional year.

Overseas Extension Pay Rates

Depending on the needs of the military, members can choose one of the following three forms of Overseas Extension Pay.

  • Up to $80.00 a monthly special pay. - or -
  • Up to $2000.00 annual bonus payable in lump sum or monthly installments. - or -
  • Special Rest & Recuperation (SR&R) for 30 days - or-
  • A period of SR&R for not more than 15 days and round-trip transportation from the location of the extended tour of duty to the nearest port within CONUS or an alternate destination not to exceed the cost to the nearest CONUS port and return (For personnel completing an overseas duty tour of 12 months or less) - or-
  • A period of SR&R for not more than 20 days and round-trip transportation from the location of the extended tour of duty to the nearest port within CONUS or an alternate destination not to exceed the cost to the nearest CONUS port and return (For personnel completing an overseas duty tour longer than 12 months)

Note: Only one method can be selected, cash or SR&R.

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