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Career Enlisted Flyer Incentive Pay


Career Enlisted Flyer Incentive Pay (CEFIP) is available to eligible members of the Navy and the Air Force. To be eligible for this pay a service member must perform operational flying duties for:

  • 6 out of the first 10 years of service
  • 9 of the first 15 years of service
  • 14 of the first 20 years of service

Most enlisted jobs on flying status are eligible for Career Enlisted Flyer Incentive Pay. These jobs are listed as military occupational flyer specialties. CEFIP is paid according to how many years a person has been in aviation service. This service can include training for occupational flyer specialties. To be eligible the service member must meet or exceed their operational flying duty obligations. Career Enlisted Flyer Incentive Pay is not transferable between services.

Navy and Air Force Reserve members and members of the National Guard can also be eligible for Career Enlisted Flyer Incentive Pay but they are paid at a rate 1/30 of what they would earn if on active duty.

After 25 years of aviation service an eligible career enlisted flyer can no longer receive CEFIP continuously on a monthly basis but they may still be eligible to receive CEFIP on a month-to-month basis.

Career Enlisted Flyer Incentive Pay

Years of Aviation Service Monthly Pay
4 or less $150
Over 4 $225
Over 8 $350
Over 14 $400

A service member cannot receive CEFIC in addition to receiving Hazard Duty Pay or Diving Duty Special Pay. He or she will be paid the highest of the three incentive pay amounts if they are entitled to receive more than one of them. In the Army, Coast Guard and Marine Corps, Career Enlisted Flyer Incentive Pay is called Hazard Duty Pay.

Incentive pay can really add up over the years and CEFIC is no exception. CEFIC will be taxable unless the duty served is in a designated combat zone. Because of this, it is also subject to Federal and State withholding requirements. Unlike other kinds of pay, the DoD may not properly tag incentive pay for the IRS so make sure you check the accuracy of your reporting as well as your combat zone status if you are eligible for CEFIC.

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