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Aviation Career Incentive Pay for Officers

In this Nov. 22, 2016 photo, Lt. Jennifer Sandifer, a fighter pilot from Austin, Texas, walks towards F/A-18E Super Hornet jet on the deck of the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
In this Nov. 22, 2016 photo, Lt. Jennifer Sandifer, a fighter pilot from Austin, Texas, walks towards F/A-18E Super Hornet jet on the deck of the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

If you are an active duty commissioned officer on aviation duty, you are entitled to Aviation Career Incentive Pay (ACIP). Aviation career incentive pay is restricted to regular and reserve officers who hold, or are in training leading to, an aeronautical rating or designation and who engage and remain in aviation service on a career basis.

For officers above O-6 with less than 25 years of aviation service:

  • An officer in pay grade O-7 may not be paid at a rate greater than $200 a month; and
  • An officer in pay grade O-8 or above may not be paid at a rate greater than $206 a month.

Warrant officers with over 22 years of aviation service are paid at the rate for officers with over 14 years of aviation service. In time of war, the President may suspend the payment of aviation career incentive pay.

Years of Aviation Service (Including Flight Training) as an Officer
2 or less Over 2 Over 3 Over 4 Over 6
125.00 156.00 188.00 206.00 650.00
Years of Aviation Service (Including Flight Training) as an Officer
Over 14 Over 22 Over 23 Over 24 Over 25
840.00 585.00 495.00 385.00 250.00

NOTE: Remotely Piloted Aircraft pilots can receive up to $1,000 ACIP effective January 1, 2016.