51 USAF Job Specialties Qualify for as much as $100k Bonuses—What You Have to Know

Greater than 50 Air Power specialties—from bomber upkeep to cryptologic language analyst to dental hygienist—are eligible for retention bonuses value as much as $100,000 this yr, down from 63 final fiscal yr.  

The Air Power’s Selective Retention Bonus program gives further pay to Airmen whose abilities are in brief provide. The numbers change yearly. In 2021, as retention spiked amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, solely 37 Air Power Specialty Codes had been eligible, down from 72 in fiscal 2020, and 115 in 2019. The quantity bounced up final yr.  

For this fiscal yr, the 51 specialities eligible embrace some which can be perennially undermanned, like Explosive Ordinance Disposal, Survival, Evasion, Resist, and Escape (SERE), and pararescue. Additionally in brief provide: Analysts who communicate Russian, Chinese language, or Persian; maintainers for the KC-46 and B-52; cyber specialists; and a dozen medical specialties, starting from psychological well being companies to diagnostic imaging. 

New to the bonus checklist are loadmasters for the HC-130J and MC-130J. 

Amongst these not eligible any longer are 12 House Power specialty codes.

The system for bonus calculations is a service member’s month-to-month primary pay on the time of reenlistment multiplied by the size of the reenlistment in years (capped at six) and multiplied once more by an element, which varies relying on the service’s particular wants. Urgency and a member’s expertise degree can each affect that quantity. Expertise degree is known as a zone.

The utmost bonus is $100,000, with a lifetime cap of $360,000.  

The complete checklist of AFSCs and corresponding profession fields is as follows: 

1A2X1Q  Plane loadmaster – HC-130J 
1A2X1Z  Plane loadmaster – MC-130J 
1A8X1G  Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst – Chinese language 
1A8X1I  Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst – Russian 
1A8X1K  Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst – Persian 
1B4X1  Cyber Warfare Operations  4.5 
1C3X1  Command and Management Operations (C2 OPS)  1.5 
1C5X1  Command and Management Battle Administration Ops 
1C5X1D  Weapons Administrators 
1D7X1B  Cyber Protection –  Methods Operations 
1D7X1D  Cyber Protection –  Safety Operations 
1D7X1Z  Cyber Protection –  Software program Improvement Operations  4.5 
1D7X2F  Spectrum Protection Operations – Spectrum Operations 
1N3X1G  Cryptologic Language Analyst – Chinese language 
1N3X1I  Cryptologic Language Analyst – Russian 
1N3X1K  Cryptologic Language Analyst – Persian  2.5 
1N4X1A  Cyber Intelligence – Analyst 
1N8X1  Concentrating on Analyst 
1T0X1  Particular Warfare – SERE specialist  4.5 
1Z1X1  Pararescue  4.5 
1Z2X1  Fight management  4.5 
1Z3X1  TACP  4.5 
1Z4X1  Particular Reconnaissance  4.5 
2A375  Superior Fighter Plane Built-in Avionics 
2A377  Tactical Plane Upkeep – fifth Era 
2A378  Remotely Piloted Plane Upkeep 
2A3X5B  Superior Fighter Plane Built-in Avionics – F-35  1.5 
2A5X1A  Airlift/Particular Mission Plane Upkeep – C-20/C-21/C-22/C-37/C-40/E-4/VC25B/C-130/C-27J 
2A5X4C  Refuel/Bomber Plane Upkeep – KC-46 
2A5X4D  Refuel/Bomber Plane Upkeep – B-52  0.5  0.5 
2A5X4F  Refuel/Bomber Plane Upkeep – B-2 
2M0X0  Missile and House Methods Upkeep 
2M0X2  Missile and House Methods Upkeep 
2W2X1  Nuclear Weapons 
3E5X1  Engineering 
3E8X1  Explosive Ordinance Disposal 4.5 
3P0X1A  Navy Working Canine Handler  0.5 
3P0X1B  Fight Arms Coaching and Upkeep 
4C0X1  Psychological Well being Service 
4H0X1  Respiratory Care Practitioner  0.5  0.5 
4J0X2A  Orthotics 
4N0X1C  Aerospace Medical Service – Unbiased Responsibility Medical Technician  0.5 
4N0X1D  Allergy/Immunization Medical Technician 
4N0X1F  Flight and Operational Medical Technician  0.5 
4N1X1C  Surgical Service – Orthopedics 
4N1X1D  Surgical Service – Otolaryngology 
4P0X1  Pharmacy  0.5 
4R0X1A  Diagnostic Imaging – Nuclear drugs 
4R0X1C  Diagnostic Imaging – MRI 
4V0X1S  Ophthalmic 
4Y0X1H  Dental hygienist 
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