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Special Pay for Medical Officers


Special Pay for Medical Officers comes in many forms including:

  • Multi-year Retention Bonus for Medical Officers
  • Medical Officer Variable Special Pay (VSP)
  • Medical Officer Additional Special Pay (ASP)
  • Medical Officer Board Certified Pay (BCP)
  • Medical Officer Incentive Special Pay (ISP)
  • Accession Bonus for Medical Officers in Critically Short Wartime Specialties

The Multi-year Retention Bonus for Medical Officers is an incentive to keep qualified physicians working for the military. Physicians who have finished their active duty service obligation (ADSO) and who have over eight years of service (can include medical school, training and residency) are eligible for the Multi-year Retention Bonus for Medical Officers. To get the bonus, the doctor must sign another four-year agreement and be below grade O-7. This bonus pays up to $75,000 per year.

Medical Officer Variable Special Pay (VSP) is an entitlement incentive pay that provides increases in monthly pay for all medical officers on active duty. This includes physicians in training. Payments are determined by years of service up to pay grade O-7 (O-7 and above who are paid a set amount regardless of years in service). VSP pays up to $12,000 a year.

Medical Officer Additional Special Pay (ASP) is an additional incentive entitlement pay paid to all active duty Medical Officers who have completed their medical training and residency. If the doctor agrees to serve an additional 12 months, he or she will be paid an additional $15,000 for the year.

Medical Officer Board Certification Pay (BCP) is an incentive entitlement pay is paid to active duty Medical Officers who attain board certification. BCP is paid yearly as long as the medical officer remains board certified. The payment is $2,500-$6000 a year depending on years of service.

Medical Officer Incentive Special Pay (ISP) was designed to retain physicians with critical wartime specializations. Once an officer is entitled to VSP, they may be paid up to an additional $75,000 per year for a 12-month contract. Training and residency must be completed to receive this discretionary bonus.

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