The United States Military recognizes that certain groups of Servicemembers, due to the nature of their jobs, the hazards, or for other reasons qualifies for special duty pay and hazard pay. This is a type of compensation reserved for certain types of jobs and duty in the United States military. Not every specialty qualifies, and only some jobs qualify in some areas. Other jobs qualify while overseas in time of war, and under certain conditions.
There are a number of different types of Special Duty pay. The specific duties and nature of their service require different kinds of risk and special types of danger that are simply a part of regular duty. The military knows this and devised a compensation pay schedule to help compensate those members of the service who by the nature of their job undergo special or types of risks. Special Skills- This is a pay type for unique or specialized skills that the Service has a high demand for. One good example is foreign language proficiency pay, or nuclear reactor training. These are special skills that are vital to the operation of the service, and can result in several hundred dollars a month in additional pay.
Battlefield Duty- This is a type of pay that is given to Servicemembers who serve in remote locations. It can also be called Combat pay, or Combat Zone pay. It is the pay type for those that serve in battlefield conditions, or remote conditions that make service extremely difficult. It can be an additional amount that helps compensate warriors and Servicemembers who are serving on active duty in a war zone. Special Duty Pay- This is pay for those specialties and jobs that take a lot of extra responsibility. Examples are combat air controllers, fuel specialists, or parachute instructors, and other types of special duty. These are types of duty and jobs that take a special increased amount of responsibility, and they vary from $55 dollars a month to just under a maximum of $370 dollars a month, and it can be quite lucrative for some active duty Servicemembers.
Flight Pay- This is perhaps one of the best-known special Duty pay categories. If you serve in aviation or on the flight line on shore or on board an Aircraft Carrier or surface Vessel flight deck you likely will qualify for Flight Pay. You also qualify if you are an actual Air Crew member on an Aviation flight crew, or if you are a pilot or navigator. The specialized nature of this type of duty require special hazards, a special ability or special skills, and sometimes it involves all three things.