Here’s the message from the Medical Corps Chief’s Office and plans:
The special pays program manager highlighted changes from last year in yellow. This year’s pay plan includes several increases in incentive pay, specialty pays, and a return of all the previous four and six-year retention bonuses.
-Requests, with CO endorsements, dated between 11 Feb 22 – 11 Mar 22, and requesting an effective date as far back as 1 Oct 21, will not require to be retroactive; however, any request/CO endorsement dated 12 Mar 22 or later will have to be retroactive.
-BUMED Special Pays webpage https://www.med.navy.mil/Special-Pays/ will be updated as soon as possible.
-Contact your local special pays representative with processing questions
Note: The pay plan is a continuous evolution. Each of the services’ pay plans are based on the DoD pay plan, and the pay planning cycles are not aligned with the budgeting process. For example, the FY21 NDAA that authorized increases in Board Certification Pay was signed after the FY22 DoD Pay Planning and FY23 DoD Budget planning were in progress. To that end, it can take up to two years after legislation for NDAA changes to be considered, budgeted, and published in our special pay plans. RDML Hancock has an article that explains this in detail in our MC winter magazine that I’ll send out next week.
Your pay is a top priority, and the Medical Corps Chief’s Office will continue to advocate for maximum pays whenever possible!