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Navy offers big money to keep aviation officers in uniform

The Navy is offering large sums of money this year to retain its aviation officers.

More than $200,000 is available this year for officers who serve as head of the aviation department, provided they agree to remain in uniform for seven additional years.

Airmen selected for the lieutenant commander position are eligible for bonuses and should be considered for the department head position at the Aviation Department Head Selection Committee scheduled to meet this spring.

Airmen who agree to early commitment — which means submitting a contract before the results of the aviation department chief selection committee are released — receive the largest bonuses, up to $280,000, according to a new administration message naval, or NAVADMIN.

“Our return on investment is the retention for continued service in the Navy of our aviation warfighters, with their invaluable and irreplaceable skills and leadership,” NAVADMIN says.

Pilots in the strike fighter community could receive $40,000 a year for initial five- or seven-year contracts – $5,000 more than last year – or $30,000 for standard commitments of three, five or seven years, as was the case last year.

Meanwhile, the Navy is increasing its bonus offer to Navy flight officers from the strike fighter community, from $15,000 last year to $25,000 this year for first five and seven years. Those who accept standard contracts are eligible for an annual bonus of $20,000, double last year.

Members of the Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Community, Helicopter Maritime Combat Community, and Helicopter Maritime Strike Community are eligible for an annual bonus of $30,000 per year if they sign up early for a commitment of five or seven years. This represents an increase of $5,000 compared to the rate they were offered last year.

Those Airmen who accept a standard commitment of three, five or seven years are also eligible for an annual bonus of $25,000, an increase from the $20,000 they were offered last year.

Electronic attack squadron pilots who sign an early five- or seven-year contract are eligible to receive an annual bonus of $40,000 – an increase from the $35,000 they were offered last year.

Their naval flight officer counterparts are also eligible for a $35,000 annual bonus for an early contract of five or seven years. This is the same rate that was offered to them for commitments of the same duration last year. These Airmen can also receive a $30,000 annual bonus for standard three-, five- or seven-year contracts, as was the case last year.

The Navy is also offering airborne command and control squadron pilots $40,000 a year if they sign on early for five or seven additional years of service – an increase of $5,000 from last year – or $30,000 per year for a standard three, five or seven year contract. of service just like last year.

The service also offers naval flight officers of airborne command and control squadrons $15,000 for an early agreement of five or seven additional years of service, and $10,000 for a standard contract of three, five or seven years of service . This is the same offer they were offered last year.

Additionally, the Navy is offering fleet logistics and multi-mission squadron pilots $5,000 more this year, for an annual bonus of $40,000 — if they accept a five- or seven-year contract early. That goes down to $30,000 if they choose the standard three, five or seven year options, just like last year’s bonus.

Bonus applications close on August 31.