Special Pay for Dental Officers

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Dentists are eligible for both contractual special pay bonuses and monthly special pays. Special pays for dental officers includes:

  • Accession Bonus (AB),
  • Variable Special Pay (VSP)
  • Board Certified Pay (BCP)
  • Additional Special Pay (ASP)
  • Multiyear Retention Bonus (MRB)

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.

Accession Bonus (AB) for Dental Officers

    AB is a payment of up to $150,000 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

    Variable Special Pay (VSP) for Dental Officers

    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 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.

    Monthly Variable Special Pay (VSP) for 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 up
    Intern $250.00            
    Up to O-6   $583.33 $583.33 $1,000.00 $833.33 $750.00 $666.67
    O-6 and above $583.33 $583.33 $583.33 $583.33 $583.33 $583.33 $583.33

    Board Certified Pay (BCP) for Medical or Dental Officers

    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. 

    Monthly Board Certified Special Pay (BCP) for 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

    Additional Special Pay (ASP) for Dental Officers

    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.

    Annual Additional Special Pay (ASP) 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 (MRB) for Dental Officers

    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.

    Multi-Year Retention Bonus (MRB) for Dental Officers
      Level1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
    4 Year Agreement $50,000 $40,000 $35,000 $25,000
    3 Year Agreement $38,000 $30,000 $27,000 $19,000
    2 Year Agreement $25,000 $20,000 $18,000 $13,000

    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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