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Special Duty Assignment Pay Army Eod School

US military service members can receive different added pay bonuses on top of their base pay for a number of different reasons.  So what are these differing payments and who gets them?

Special Duty Assignment Pay (SDAP)- is pay given to service members who hold special positions such as Special Operations or EOD.     There are six tiers of SDAP paid on a monthly basis.


SD1- This is given to White House positions as well as air traffic controllers

SD2- This is given to Command Sergeants Major and Sergeants Major assigned to a Two Star General position, some cyber positions, some White House personnel,  RL-1 level air traffic controllers, CID agents and some other specialized units.

SD3- Given to squad leaders and platoon sergeants serving with warrior transition units, CSMs assigned to a three star general, and supervisors within the White House staff.

SD4- Some special mission units (SMUs), NCOs within the 75th Ranger Regiment, soldiers assigned to the 160th SOAR, some recruiters, drill sergeants, supervisors within the White House staff.

SD5- Some special mission units, CMF-18 (Special Forces) soldiers and EOD.

SD6- Some special mission units and the Sergeant Major of the Army.

Jump Pay, $150/mo- This is given to any service member on jump status.  The service member must be on jump status in order to receive the pay, not just jump qualified.

High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) Pay- $225/month.  This is given in place of jump pay and is given to HALO certified personnel on HALO jump status.

Demo Pay- $150/mo. Given to select engineers, SMUs, Special Forces Engineer Sergeants, Navy SEALs and other duties where personnel are required to handle explosives as part of their job description.

Dive Pay- Given to various positions to include dedicated divers, combat divers (Special Forces, PJs etc.) and Navy SEALs


Type of Diving Duty

Enlister RateOfficer Rate
Training at dive school 1$110$110
Diver second class$150N/A
Salvage diver$175N/A
Diver first class$215N/A
Combat Diver 2$215$215
Master Diver$340N/A
Marine Diving Officer 3N/A$240

Foreign Language Proficiency Bonus (FLPB)- FLPB is given to service members who receive a payable score on the DLPT or Defense Language Proficiency Test.  The payment amount depends on the language but is up to $500 for a single language and $1000 for two languages.

Toxic Duty Pay, $150/mo- Given to service members working with aircraft missiles containing toxic materials.

Experimental Stress Duty Pay, $150/mo- Given to service members assigned to experimental stress duty.

Hazard Duty Pay- Hazard Duty Pay is paid out to a number of different personnel for a number of different reasons.  The pay ranges from $150-250/mo.  Officer air crew members receive the highest amount.

Assignment Incentive Pay- This is given to personnel who are involuntarily extended on combat tours.  The pay can be up to $3000/mo for some missions.

Hardship Duty Pay- This is given to military personnel living in austere conditions while on deployment.  The pay can be $50, 100 or 150, depending on the location.

Family Separation Allowance, $250- Given to service members assigned to duty locations without their families.

Flight Pay- Flight Pay is given to pilots and air crew and ranges from $125-$840/mo depending on years on flight status and rank.

Career Sea Pay- This is given to military personnel who are assigned to lengthy sea assignments.  The pay is based on rank and years at sea and ranges from $20-750/mo.

Hostile Fire and Imminent Danger Pay, $225/mo- This is given to anyone serving in a designated area such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Philippines  or Pakistan where they are in danger of hostile fire, land mines or other forms of imminent danger.

Submarine Duty Pay- Paid to sailors serving on a submarine.  The pay is based on both rank and time on duty and ranges between $75-875.

While this isn’t the full list it does cover most of the pays available.  Other special pays include Veterinary Pay ($100/mo), Dental Pay and Medical Officer Pay.

Military News

The Army has authorized Special Duty Assignment Pay (SDAP) increases for five additional job classifications beginning Jan. 1 for enlisted soldiers above the rank of E-3.

The additional programs eligible for special pay include The Old Guard/Caisson Platoon at Arlington National Cemetery; The Old Guard/Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers; Asymmetric Warfare Group operational advisers, E-7 to E-9; United States Army Pacific Command Northern Warfare Training Center instructors; and the Secretary of Defense Security Team.

Special Duty Assignment Pay begins at SD-1 at $75 per month extra and increases by $75 increments to SD-6 at $450 per month. All of the five newly covered programs will receive SD-3 increases of $225 per month except Northern Warfare Training Center instructors, who will receive SD-2 of $150 per month extra, the Army said.

Army officials stressed that soldiers with questions about the pay changes should speak to the human resources specialists in their unit to see what duty assignments are approved under the new policy.

In other changes, Special Duty Assignment Pay for the Medical Command at Warrior Transition Units will be adjusted downward from SD-3 of $225 per month to SD-2 of $150 per month. One program -- SDAP for Criminal investigation Command/CID Military Occupational Specialty 31D -- will be terminated effective March 1, 2017, and phased out over a 12-month period, the Army said.

Recruiters and drill sergeants, who already receive Special Duty Assignment Pay, will also see pay increases. Levels for drill sergeants will increase from SD-4 of $300 per month to SD-5 of $375 per month "based upon service as a drill sergeant, completion of a certification program and approval by their battalion commander," the Army said.

There are also a number of changes to special duty pay levels for recruiters based upon position: Production Recruiters are initially authorized SD-4 of $300 per month. Upon completion of 12 months of recruiting duty, successful completion of the Advanced Training Program, and their commander's favorable recommendation, they will then be authorized for SD-5 of $375 per month.

Recruiting station commanders assigned to a recruiting center or station; recruiting guidance counselors; recruiting battalion operations noncommissioned officers; recruiting battalion master trainers; and recruiting company first sergeants will be authorized for SD-5 of $375 per month. Recruiter personnel (MOS 79R) assigned to staff positions are authorized for SD-1 pay of $75 per month.

On Nov. 23, the Army announced plans to increase special incentive pay starting Jan. 1 for enlisted soldiers with the rank of E-3 and above who are deemed to have "extremely demanding duties." Additional details were released over the weekend.

In a release, the Army said, "This change in policy translates to an increase to some programs' pay and new eligibility for others."

Special Duty Assignment Pay is described as "a discretionary incentive pay that eligible enlisted soldiers, serving in grades E-3 or higher, may receive based on the characterization of their duty assignment."

Special duty assignments are "those designated to have extremely demanding duties requiring extraordinary effort for satisfactory performance or an unusual degree of responsibility."

The changes were approved by the Army's Special Pay Panel, which meets twice a year. "The goal of the Special Pay Panel was to validate recommendations of challenging positions that require soldiers to consistently perform in an 'above and beyond' manner and then make recommendations concerning levels of incentive payments," said Larry Lock, head of the 2016 Special Pay Panel.

Last June, the Navy approved Special Duty Assignment Pay increases for about 1,700 sailors, including instructors at Afloat Training Groups; naval military instructors at Training Support Center Great Lakes, Illinois; and qualified non-nuclear sailors in carrier reactor departments.

-- Richard Sisk can be reached at Richard.Sisk@Military.com.

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