Enlisted Airmen can earn up to $ 360,000 in retention bonuses in these areas
The Air Force is courting enlisted Airmen and Guardians in nearly 40 career areas to stay in service with up to $ 360,000 in bonuses.
A mid-year list of high-priority Air Force and Space Force jobs that can bring in extra cash, released Wednesday, includes specialties ranging from Chinese and Russian analysts to aircraft maintainers and workers. health.
The service offers bonuses to active-duty Airmen who re-enlist for jobs with a shrinking workforce or those where people are particularly expensive to replace and retrain. Airmen can enroll for up to four additional years at a time and must remain in the Air Force for the duration of their re-enlistment to get the bonus.
Early Career Special Tactics and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Airmen are most in demand. Airmen in these highly skilled fields who have been in service for less than six years can earn five times their monthly base salary.
People are entitled to up to $ 100,000 for each of four periods in their careers: when they have served between 17 months and six years; six to 10 years; 10 to 14 years old; and 18 to 20 years old. The total amount of career bonuses is capped at $ 360,000.
Bonuses are calculated by multiplying a month’s base salary by the number of years an airman chooses to re-enlist, and multiplied up to five times depending on the urgency of a career’s personnel needs .
In March, the Air Force also offered bomber, fighter, mobility, special operations and combat search and rescue pilots up to a $ 420,000 bonus over 12 years if they renew their enlistment in 2021.
The mid-year list has almost the same number of eligible fields that were published in early 2021 – 39 jobs to 37 – but has abandoned some careers like sensor operators and Korean language analysts. We are still a long way from the 2020 list of 72 specialties, or the 2016 list of 117 jobs.
The Air Force recently reduced the number of fields eligible for bonuses as more people choose to stay in the service than at almost any other time in the past 20 years, in part because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Overall retention levels are at record levels and the workforce in many of our career areas is healthy,” Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Air Force for labor, personnel and services. “This reduces our demands and our ability to use retention bonuses to the same extent. “
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