Aviator Retention Bonus

An F-22A Raptor (top) from the 43rd Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and an F-35A Joint Strike Fighter from the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., fly in formation on Sept. 19, 2012. (US Air Force photo/Jeremy  Lock)

Aviator retention bonuses, also known as Aviation Continuation Pay (ACP) or by various program names according to service branch, is for aviation officers who agree to remain on operational flying duty for at least one year after their initial term of service. Aviator retention bonuses may not be paid to anyone in the pay grade O-7 or above.

To receive the ACP, you must submit an application. Annual amounts vary depending on each service's needs and the length of time the pilot agrees to serve. Maximum bonuses by service are:

  • Army (for certain warrant officer pilots only): up to $25,000 per year
  • Air Force: up to $50,000 per year
  • Navy: up to $35,000 per year
  • Marine Corps: up to $35,000 per year 
  • Coast Guard: up to $35,000 per year

Some UAV/RPA Pilots may also receive up to $35,000 per year.

Contact your unit's personnel office for details.

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