Military Rates
Each branch of service has specific qualification requirements for members to receive Diving Duty Pay. In general, these divers must be designated divers by order, training, and assignment.
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Incentive and Special Pay


Service members who meet certain requirements (particular to each military branch) are entitled to receive Diving Duty Pay. Divers are eligible for this special pay during periods in which they are:

  • Ordered to diving duty;
  • Required to prove and maintain proficiency by completing frequent dives;
  • Performing diving duty during an assignment in which it is the main task, OR meeting the requirements to prove and maintain proficiency in diving while serving in an assignment for which it is required, but not the main task.


Army members must be a rated divers in accordance with AR 611-75 and be assigned to:

  • A Table of Organization and Equipment or Table of Distribution and Allowance position in Skill Classification/Military Occupational Specialty, Special Qualification Identifier, or Additional Skill Identifier specified in AR 611-75; or
  • A position designated as diving duty by the Deputy Chief of Staff Personnel. 110202.


Members of the Navy and Marine Corps must be designated divers, be assigned to diving duty under competent orders, and maintain their qualifications for diving to receive Diving Duty Pay.


In order to be eligible for Diving Duty Pay, members of the Air Force must:

  • Successfully complete a Department of Defense-approved course for underwater swimmers;
  • Be under orders for diving duty as authorized by the major air command;
  • Meet all other requirements prescribed by current Air Force instructions.


Officer and enlisted service members in the Coast Guard are eligible if they are assigned by orders to diving duty, and are required to maintain proficiency by frequent and regular dives.

Rates Payable

The maximum rate payable to officers is $240.00 per month, while the rate payable to enlisted members cannot exceed $340.00 per month.

When members are assigned to diving duty and hazardous duty simultaneously, monthly payments for diving duty are not more than two incentive payments for authorized hazardous duty.

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