Military Rates
If you are a medical officer in the Air Force, Army, Navy, and the Public Health Service, you may be entitled to Special Pay.
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Officers of the Medical Corps of the Army or the Navy or officers of the Air Force designated as medical officers, or officers of the Public Health Service Corps, may be entitled to Special Pay for Medical Officers.

Variable Special Pay (VSP)

An Officer on active duty for a period of at least one year is entitled to monthly VSP payments ranging from $100 to $1,000, depending on pay grade and the years of service. There are special circumstances where medical officers serving less than one year in the support of the Persian Gulf Conflict may avail VSP as well.

Board Certified Pay (BCP)

Officers of the Medical Corps certified by an American Medical or Osteopathic Specialty Examining Board or a Board Certification Equivalency may be entitled to monthly BCP payments ranging from $208.33 to $500 depending on the years of commendable service.

Incentive Special Pay (ISP)

Any medical officers who sign an agreement to remain on active duty for at least one year may be eligible to receive an annual bonus ranging from $20,000 to $60,000 depending on the specialty qualification and whether they receive Multiyear Special Pay (MSP).

Additional Special Pay (ASP)

Medical officers already entitled to VSP who agree to be on active duty for at least one year, and who have current, valid, unobstructed licenses or approved waivers, are entitled to ASP in the amount of $15,000 for each year in which they are not in medical internship or initial residency training.

Multiyear Special Pay (MSP)

Medical officers who contractually agree to remain on active duty for two, three, or four years are eligible for an annual retention bonus between $12,000 to $60,000, depending on the length of active duty and their specialty.

The following amounts are the maximum allowed by the Department of Defense. For your specific service amount consult with your service personnel office.


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