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Flight Pay


Flight pay is Special Pay given to all members of the military who perform duties related to flying. Each individual military department determines eligibility for their own flight pay. Flight Pay includes several different types of Special Pay such as Aviation Career Incentive Pay for Officers, Aviation Continuation Pay, Career Enlisted Flyer Incentive Pay and Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay.

Aviation Career Incentive Pay (ACIP) for Officers applies to active duty commissioned Officers and Warrant Officers who are either in training or who already have a flying rating. ACIP is only available to Officers who are pursuing aviation as a career. Both members of the Reserves and active duty Officers can receive ACIP. Warrant Officers with over 22 years of experience are rated at the same level as Commissioned Officers of 14 years. ACIP is taxable unless given to an Officer deployed to a designated combat zone. In times of war, the President has the power to suspend ACIP.

Aviation Continuation Pay 
(ACP) is available for pilots in the Army (only certain types of Warrant Officers), Air Force, Navy (called Aviation Career Continuation Pay) and Marine Corps who remain on active duty past their active duty service commitment. Members of the Reserves, National Guard and Medical Service Corps are not entitled to ACP. Pilots require extensive experience and training and ADC is one way the DoD preserves pilot proficiency.

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 a set number of years and is paid according to years in aviation service. Most enlisted jobs on flying status are eligible for Career Enlisted Flyer Incentive Pay. These jobs are listed as Military Occupational Flyer Specialties and can include training for Occupational Flyer Specialties. To be eligible, the individual must meet or exceed their operational flying duty obligations. Career Enlisted Flyer Incentive Pay is not transferable between services.

Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay (HDIP) is a form of Special Pay that is set to compensate military members for performing all sorts of hazardous duties related to aviation. This includes members dealing with explosives/demolition, the handling of toxic fuels or propellants, flight deck duty, experimental stress duty, participation in studies of low or high pressure chambers, the handling of chemical munitions, pesticides and dangerous viruses, Maritime Visit, Board, Search and Seizure, Polar Region flight operations duty and parachute jumping.

HDIP and the other forms of Special Flight Pay help to ensure that personnel are compensated for taking additional risks while in the line of duty. With some jobs included under this section, like HALO, the incidence of injury and serious accidents is very high. HDIP and other types of Special Pay help to ensure retention of service members in these very valuable but dangerous tasks.

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