Two more overseas locations added to Navy's incentive pay list
December 11, 2003
ARLINGTON, Va. — Navy officials have added two overseas locations to an incentive program that pays sailors extra bucks for taking hard-to-fill assignments and boosted the money payouts for locations already available in the program.
The Navy has included in its Assignment Incentive Pay pilot program, or AIP, billets in repair units aboard submarine tenders USS Emory S. Land, based in La Maddalena, Italy, and USS Frank Cable, based in Guam, according to a news release.
Under AIP, which started June 23, sailors can earn between $1,800 to $10,800 more a year for three years through a process in which they bid for the positions, much like an auction.
The added ship billets range from E-4 to E-9, and include the engineering ratings of submarine sonar technician, electronics technician, submarine machinist’s mate, electrician’s mate, engineman, machinery repairman and hull technician.
The maximum AIP award for each billet varies from $500 to $700 per month, depending on rank. Sailors at the E-7 to E-9 levels have the chance to earn the higher amount.
The program kicked off in June and included three duty stations: Naples and Sigonella, Italy; and Misawa, Japan.
The monthly payouts increased for information systems technician billets in Naples and Sigonella and electronics technician and Information Systems Technician billets in Misawa.
The billets will increase from the previous maximum of $450 a month to between $850 and $900 per month.
Sailors must rotate between shore duty and sea duty assignments, with sea duty accomplished by setting sail for typically six-month deployments. Some shore duty stations, however, are designated as sea duty, giving sailors the option to take on those duties instead of going to sea.
In the incentive program, the duty stations are reclassified as shore duty, and sailors “bidding” to take the jobs indicate how much more they’d like to be paid a month in order to be stationed overseas. Sailors best qualified for the jobs and who submitted the lowest “bid” get the orders.
Since its inception, more than 1,100 AIP bids have been received, resulting in 171 accepted applications.