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Special Pay for Medical and Dental Officers

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If you are a health professional officer you may be entitled to many special pays. The following is a basic summary of what you need to know about special pay for health professionals:  

There are also special pays for Non-Physician Health Care Providers, Health Professions Officers and others, for more details, including the amounts, medical specialties, and service requirements, contact a military recruiter or your command career counselor.

Multiyear Special Pay (MSP)

A medical officer can get what is known as "Multiyear Special Pay" based on the number of years active duty service obligation they agree to and also based on their medical specialty. This pay changes based on the needs of the service. There is also a critical wartime skill accession bonus for qualified medical officers who agree to an active duty service obligation during specified time periods.

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Variable Special Pay

Variable Special Pay for medical officers is a monthly special pay for active duty or reserve officers who are called to active duty for at least 1 year.

Monthly Variable Special Pay (Medical Officers)

Pay Grade
Under 3
3 but less than 6
6 but less than 8
8 but less than 10
Intern
$100.00
To O-6 (not an intern)
$416.66
$1,000.00
$958.33
Above O-6
$583.33
$583.33
$583.33
$583.33

Monthly Variable Special Pay (Medical Officers)

Pay Grade
10 but less than 12
12 but less than 14
14 but less than 18
18 but less than 22
22 and over
To O-6 (not an intern)
$916.67
$833.33
$750.00
$666.66
$583.33
Above O-6
$583.33
$583.33
$583.33
$583.33
$583.33

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Board Certification Special Pay

Board Certification Special Pay is available to medical officers who are eligible for Variable Special Pay AND who have a current, valid, unrestricted license or approved waiver.

Monthly Board Certification Special Pay

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

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Incentive Special Pay (ISP)

Medical officers who are below the grade of O-7; have a current, valid, unrestricted license; and who agree to at least a 12 month obligated period of service may be eligible for ISP. The ISP rate varies by medical specialty and number of years active duty obligation.

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