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Marine Aviaton Bonus Increases For 2019

1st Lt. Eric Brown, left, and Capt. Brian Kursawe, KC130-J Hercules pilots with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152, conduct tactical navigation during unit-level training detachment El Centro Horizon at Naval Air Facility El Centro, Calif., Dec. 2, 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Carlos Jimenez)
1st Lt. Eric Brown, left, and Capt. Brian Kursawe, KC130-J Hercules pilots with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 152, conduct tactical navigation during unit-level training detachment El Centro Horizon at Naval Air Facility El Centro, Calif., Dec. 2, 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Carlos Jimenez)

The Marine Corps aviaton bonus for qualified pilots will nearly double next year to a maximum amount of $35,000 annually.

According to MARADMINS 382/18, pilots with the following Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) codes are eligible for the aviation bonus:

  • 7509 (AV-8 Pilot)
  • 7518 (F-35 Pilot)
  • 7523 (F/A-18 Pilot)
  • 7525 (F/A-18 Weapons Systems Officer)
  • 7532 (MV-22 Pilot)
  • 7556 (KC-130 Co-Pilot)
  • 7557 (KC-130 Pilot)
  • 7563 (UH-1 Pilot)
  • 7565 (AH-1 Pilot)
  • 7566 (CH-53 Pilot)

Pilots with an MOS of 7509, 7518, 7523, 7532, 7556, or 7557 with less than 11 years service are eligible for $35,000 per year on a 6 year contract or $30,000 annually on a 4 year contract. Those with 11 - 13 years service are also eligible for $30,000 annually with a 4 year contract or a 2 year contract if they have between 13 - 14 years service.

Pilots with an MOS of 7525, 7563, 7565, or 7566 with less than 13 years service can get $20,000 annually for a 4 year contract or also for a 2 year contract if they have between 13 - 14 years service.

Those individuals eligible for, and electing, a 72-month contract can choose to receive the payments in lump sum form instead of annually on their contract date. The lump sum amount is $178,500.

More details about Aviation Continuation Pay.

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