USAF Phasing Out Bonus Pay for Certain Special Duty Assignments

The branch is looking to reshape its incentive programs.

The U.S. Air Force plans to rework its special duty assignment pay program in fiscal year 2024. While more than 100 job fields will receive bonus pay, approximately one-third of these fields will be phased out from the program.

The goal is to reward new specialties and limit the number of airmen eligible for benefits. Starting in October, 70 career fields will qualify for decreased monthly payments. In order to qualify, the Air Force stated, “A job must require ‘extremely demanding personal effort,’ ‘greater responsibility or difficulty’” than is common for airmen at a certain level, and “special qualifications earned through screening or school.”

The 33 specialties being reduced will receive half of the current bonus through the end of fiscal year 2024, at which point they will no longer receive bonuses unless their field is reinstated. The service seeks to prioritize aircraft modernization and is considering a request for additional funds from legisators to address any funding gaps.

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  • For Secretary Frank Kendall as he oversees the Air Force branch of the U.S. military.
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  • For the Joint Chiefs of staff as they advise the president on military matters.

Sources: MilitaryTimes, Air Force Times


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