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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

To be eligible for variable special pay, additional special pay, or board certified pay, an individual must be an officer of the Dental Corps of the Army or the Navy or an officer of the Air Force designated as a dental officer; and be on active duty under a call or order to active duty for a period of not less than one year.

Dentists are eligible for both contractual special pay bonuses and monthly special pays. 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).

AB is a payment of $60,000 to all qualified dentists who execute a contract to serve on active duty for 4 years. The contractual agreement must be signed within 60 days of the officer's call to active duty. Officers are not eligible to receive the bonus if entering the Commissioned Corps as an inter-service transfer, with prior extended active duty in any Uniformed Service within 24 months of their call to duty in the Commissioned Corps, or to fulfill scholarship and/or training obligations.

VSP is a monthly special pay that is available to all dentists based on years of creditable service. The creditable service entry date (CSED) reflects the officer's years of active duty as a dental officer in any of the Uniformed Services and/or the years spent participating in an accredited dental internship or residency training while not on active duty in a Uniformed Service. VSP rates range from $3,000 to $12,000 per year, depending on CSED.

BCP is a monthly special pay based on board certification in a specialty recognized by the American Dental Association, Federal Services Board, or American Board of Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis, or Oral Radiology. Rates range from $2,500 to $6,000 annually based on years of CSED. In order to receive BCP, you must provide documentation of the certification. Please note that the National Dental Examiners Board is not a specialty exam board and does not entitle you to BCP.

ASP is payable to all dental officers who execute a contract to remain on active duty for at least 1 year and meet the eligibility requirements. Amounts range from $10,000 to $15,000 annually, depending on CSED.

MRB is payable to dental officers trained in recognized dental specialties who execute a contract to remain on active duty for a period of 2 to 4 years and who meet the eligibility requirements. The rate of MRB is dependent on the dental officer's specialty training and length of contract, and ranges from $13,000 to $50,000. All contractual bonuses are prepaid lump sum payments.

ASP and MRB are paid in annual installments and all special pays are taxable income. If called to duty under a license-limited tour, contractual bonus payments are held pending removal of limited tour.

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Monthly Variable Special Pay (Dental Officers)

Pay Grade
Under 3
3 but less than 6
6 but less than 8
8 but less than 12
12 but less than 14
14 but less than 18
18 and Over
Intern
250.00
           
To O-6 (not an intern)  
583.33
583.33
1,000.00
833.33
750.00
666.67
Above O-6
583.33
583.33
583.33
583.33
583.33
583.33
583.33

Monthly Board Certified Special Pay (Medical or Dental Officers)

Pay Grade
Under 10
10 but less than 12
12 but less than 14
14 but less than 18
18 and over
All Grades
208.33
291.67
333.33
416.66
500.00

Annual Additional Special Pay for Dental Officers

Pay Grade
Under 3
3 but less than 10
10 and over
All Grades
$10,000
$12,000
$15,000

Multi-year Retention Bonus (Dental Officers)

Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
4 year agreement
50,000.00
40,000.00
35,000.00
25,000.00
3 Year Agreement
38,000.00
30,000.00
27,000.00
19,000.00
2 Year Agreement
25,000.00
20,000.00
18,000.00
13,000.00

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