ARLINGTON, Va. — About 870 pilots and air battle managers, all officers, are eligible for Aviator Continuation Pay if they sign up for another five years, according to the Air Force.

Each fiscal year, the service announces who is eligible for the program, said Capt. Sharon Branick, a spokeswoman for the Air Force Personnel Center. This year, there are no major changes in who is eligible for the program, she said.

Under the program, pilots can get $25,000 per year for five years, and air battle managers can get $15,000 per year for five years, Branick said.

The money will be paid in one, taxable lump sum per year, she said.

Eligible pilots and air battle managers need to apply before the end of fiscal 2007, Branick said.

Additionally, “if your eligibility date for this program happens between 1 October and 31 December, you need to apply before 31 January so that your effective date will be backdated to your initial eligibility date,” she said.

Eligibility requirements and applications are available at:

“While the Air Force is drawing down our numbers, we continue to utilize bonus incentives to both shape the force and retain talent within specific career fields when necessary,” Lt. Gen. Roger Brady, deputy chief of staff for manpower and personnel, said in an Air Force news release.

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