Regular Army: Active Duty
Benefit Fact Sheet
Special Pay is additional monthly and/or annual pay given to eligible active duty Soldiers who perform certain specific duties, serve in specific geographic locations, occupy specific Military Occupation Specialties (MOS), or are given certain specific assignments.
A Soldier, who is eligible for basic pay for active duty, in a given month, may also be eligible for special pays if various requirements are satisfied.
A Soldier entitled to Special Pay, who is hospitalized for a wound or injury incurred as a result of hostile action, or while in the line of duty, incurs a wound, injury or illness in a combat operation or combat zone designated by the Secretary of Defense and is hospitalized outside of the theater for treatment is entitled to receive the Special Pay for 12 months.
Aviation Career Incentive Pay (Officers): ACIP is restricted to regular officers, who hold, or are in training leading to, an aeronautical rating or designation and who engage and remain in aviation services on a career basis. Entitlement to ACIP may be on a continuous or conditional (month-to-month) basis. Monthly payments are based on rank and years of service and range from $125 to $840 per month.
Diving Duty Pay: A Soldier who is a rated diver and assigned to a Skill Classification/ Military Occupational Specialty or a position designated as diving duty. Monthly payments are based on the soldier's diver rating (e.g. Master, 1st Class, Salvage, Combat). Enlisted divers can receive from $110 to $340 per month, while officer divers receive from $110 to $240 per month.
Hardship Duty Pay: Hardship duty pay is additional compensation for Soldiers assigned to locations or performing missions where conditions are substantially below conditions in the continental United States.
- Hardship Duty Pay for Location Assignment (HDP-L) is payable to Soldiers for either permanent change of duty station or temporary/deployed/attached duty of over 30 days duration in specified locations. HDP-L is payable on a monthly basis in the amount of $50, $100 or $150 depending on the location.
- Hardship Duty Pay Missions (HDP-M) is payable to Soldiers for performing designated hardship missions. HDP-M is payable to both officers and enlisted personnel of the active and reserve component, at the full monthly rate of $150 whenever any part of the month is served fulfilling a specific mission. The combined maximum HDP-L and HDP-M payable is $300.00 per month.
Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay (HDIP): Soldiers under orders to participate in regular and frequent aerial flights as crew or non-crew members may be entitled to flying pay for that duty. Monthly payments for crewmembers vary by rank and range from $150 to $250 for Officers and $150 to $240 for Enlisted. The monthly HDIP for non-crew members is $150 regardless of rank. Officers entitled to aviation career incentive pay (ACIP) are not eligible for HDIP.
Hostile Fire/Imminent Danger Pay: Soldiers subjected to hostile fire or explosion of a hostile mine or on duty in an area in close proximity to a hostile fire incident and in danger of being subjected to the same dangers may be entitled to hostile fire pay (HFP) of $225 per month. HFP is payable in the full amount for each month a Soldier qualifies. Soldiers on official duty in a designated imminent danger pay area may be eligible for IDP. IDP is payable on a monthly basis in the amount of $225.
Special Duty Assignment Pay: Special duty pay is for enlisted Soldiers in jobs that have been designated as extremely difficult or involve an unusual degree of responsibility. Examples of these jobs include parachuting instructors, fuel specialists, and combat controllers. Monthly amounts range from $75 to $450 depending on the Special Duty Assignment designation.
Special Pay for Psychologists and Non-Physician Health Care Providers: In an effort to enhance the professional environment for non-physician provides and to ensure the highest quality of care, the Army provides an incentive pay for Psychologists and Non-Physician Healthcare Care Providers. Eligibility requirements are have a post-baccalaureate degree; be an Army officer designated as a Psychologist or Non-Physician healthcare provider; and certified by a professional board in their clinical specialty. The monthly payments range from $167 to $416 depending on the years of creditable service.
Special Pay for Dental Officers: In an effort to narrow the gap between Army and civilian compensation for Dental professionals, the Army provides additional compensation through five main areas: Accession Bonus, Variable Special Pay, Board Certified Special Pay, Additional Special Pay, and Multiyear Retention Bonus.
- Accession Bonus: An individual who executes a written agreement to accept a commission as an officer of the Dental Corps of the Army to serve on active duty for a period of not less than four years is entitled to an accession bonus of up to $75,000.
- Variable Special Pay: An Officer of the Dental Corps of the Army on active duty for at least one year is entitled to monthly VSP payments ranging from $250 to $1,000 depending on pay grade and the years of creditable service.
- Board Certified Special Pay: An Officer certified by an American Dental Specialty Examining Board recognized by the American Dental Association or awarded a Board Certification Equivalency Certificate issued by the Department of Defense is entitled to monthly BCP payments ranging from $208 to $500 depending on the years of creditable service.
- Additional Special Pay: Dental Officers who receive Variable Special Pay are also eligible for ASP if they complete their internship and initial residency training and agree to serve on active duty for at least one year. ASP is paid annually and ranges from $10,000 to $15,000 based on years of creditable service.
- Multiyear Retention Bonus: If they practice eligible specialties, Dental Officers may receive an annual bonus that ranges from $15,000 to $50,000 based on the service agreement length of 2, 3 or 4 years and the specialty.
Special Pay for Medical Officers: An Officer of the Medical Corps of the Army, who is on active duty under a call or order to active duty for a period of at least one year, is entitled to additional compensation from three main areas: Variable Special Pay, Board Certified Pay, and Incentive Special Pay.
- Variable Special Pay: An Officer of the Medical Corps of the Army on active duty for a period of not less than one year is entitled to monthly VSP payments ranging from $100 to $1,000 depending on pay grade and the years of creditable service.
- Board Certified Pay: An Officer of the Medical Corps of the Army certified by an American Medical or Osteopathic Specialty Examining Board or a Board Certification Equivalency is entitled to monthly BCP payments ranging from $208 to $500 depending on the years of creditable service.
- Incentive Special Pay: An Officer of the Medical Corps of the Army who signs an agreement to remain on active duty for not less than one year may receive an annual bonus ranging from $20,000 to $60,000 depending on the specialty qualification and whether they receive Multiyear Special Pay.
- Additional Special Pay: An officer entitled to Variable Special Pay who has a current, valid, unrestricted license or approved waiver and who signs an agreement to remain on active duty for not less than one year, is entitled to Additional Special Pay in the amount of $15,000 for each 12-month period which the officer is not in medical internship or initial residency training.
- Multiyear Special Pay: A medical officer who signs a written agreement to remain on active duty for 2, 3, or 4 years may be paid an annual retention bonus that ranges from $12,000 to $60,000 depending on the length of active duty contract and the medical officer's specialty.
- Accession Bonus:
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Document Review Date: 1 January 2014