Consolidated Special Pay Profile – Junior Board Certified Attending

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Let’s assume this pay is for a junior Emergency Medicine (EM) attending at NMC San Diego who had no prior service, did a 2 year GMO tour, 4 years of residency that ended in July 2017, has been an attending for 2 years, is now board certified, and has dependents. This is what that board certified attending should see on their LES:

BASE PAY ­- $6,446.40 (O4 over 8 pay grade from the 2017 Basic Pay Table)

BAS -­ $253.63 (all officers get the same rate)

BAH -­ $3,339.00 (O4 with dependents rate in zip code 92134 based on this calculator)

SAVE PAY ­-$4583.33 (IP only 1­ year rate of $49K for EM from Table 2 of the Final Navy FY17 Pay Plan PLUS $6K/year of Board Certification Pay = $55K/year paid monthly)

TOTAL – $14,622.36/month

ANNUAL TOTAL – $175,468.32

PoF Blog Post – Financial Implications of Leaving a Military Medicine Position

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One of my readers pointed me to this blog post on Physician on Fire, which many of you will find interesting:

Financial Implications of Leaving a Military Medicine Position

If you’d like my own thoughts on the value of a military pension, you can read them here:

How Valuable is a Military Pension?

My Service School OSR Update

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I’m in zone for O6 in February, and I’ve attended a number of service schools recently, necessitating an update to my Officer Service Record (OSR). It took months and as the guy who wrote the Promo Prep, it was interesting to actually experience. Here’s how it went down…

This is what the service schools section of my OSR looked like at the start:

“NWC OFFCAMP SE” was added automatically (how nice is that!) in June when I completed JPME I via the Fleet Seminar Program, but the rest are quite old from 2011, 2002, and 2001.

This year I attended the MHS Capstone, Interagency Institute for Federal Healthcare Executives, and Navy Senior Legal Course, all of which are service schools but were not automatically added to my OSR.

How does the guy who wrote the Promo Prep update his service schools? Realizing that nothing is perfect, it might not work the first time, it’ll probably take quite a while, and wanting to get it over with, I used the e-mail, fax, and mailing option discussed in the Promo Prep all at the same time. Once and done! If it didn’t work, I was just going to send a letter to the board.

So, on one day after completing the courses I e-mailed, faxed, and snail mailed the required information.

First I got this:

I’m not sure if the address I have is wrong or the USPS just didn’t like my abbreviations, but the snail mail attempt clearly didn’t work.

Next, I started getting strange e-mails reminiscent of the ones you get when you put in a trouble ticket on your computer. I’m not sure if this was from the e-mail submission, the fax submission, or both. Here’s what one of them looked like:

From: ITSM ­ Do Not Reply [mailto:DoNotReply@navy.mil]

To: Schofer, Joel M CDR USN NAVHOSP PORS VA (US)

Subject: Incident INC000002230401 with a Priority of Low has been logged for your issue

Importance: High

Incident INC000002230401 with a Priority of Low has been logged for your issue. This number should be retained for reference purposes.

Customer Site:

Product Type: Software

Nomenclature:

Common Name: CDM

Product Categorization Tier 2: ODC

Product Categorization Tier 3: SERVICE SCHOOL

Product Name:

Model/Version:

System Model Number:

Urgency: 4­-Low

Status: Assigned

Summary: SERVICE SCHOOL (ODC BLK 52)

Notes: Request to add service school to Officer Data Card (ODC) to reflect course number 595, SEP 2017, 1 WK

We look forward to providing you continued support.

I particularly like the part where they say my request is low priority.

They then told me I already had too many service schools and needed to pick which ones I wanted:

From: ITSM ­ Do Not Reply [mailto:DoNotReply@navy.mil]

To: Schofer, Joel M CDR USN NAVHOSP PORS VA (US)

Subject: INC000002211696

CDR Schofer,

A maximum of seven service schools can be assigned and you currently have seven. Please indicate which service schools 04D and 059 will replace on your ODC.

Send information to Xxxx.Xxxx.ctr@navy.mil. Reference incident number 2211696 in the subject line.

Wow! A person who is going to help me resolve this problem. My faith in the system has been restored.

I told them to just remove the oldest service schools and replace them with the new ones. I then got this message:

From: ITSM ­ Do Not Reply <DoNotReply@navy.mil>
To: CDR Joel Schofer
Subject: Incident INC000002230401 reported by you has been resolved. SERVICE SCHOOL (ODC BLK 52)

Reply­To: ITSM ­ Do Not Reply <DoNotReply@navy.mil>

Dear JOEL SCHOFER,
We are pleased to inform you that your reported Incident has been resolved.

Reference No.: INC000002230401
Summary: SERVICE SCHOOL (ODC BLK 52)

Your reported Incident has been resolved with the following resolution: CDR Schofer,

Your online record has been updated to include service school code 595. Allow at least two weeks for changes to reflect on your ODC after online systems update.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Service Desk should there be any further questions or inquiries regarding your Incident. Please quote your assigned Reference Number.

Yours sincerely, Service Desk

This is what the final product looked like:

As you can see, my three new service schools are all there, and my record is ready for my O6 board. It took about 3 months in total, and involved a returned envelope and some strange e-mails, but thanks to whoever at NSIPS addressed this issue for me.

Director, Defense Veterans Brain Injury Center – O6 Only

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This position is narrowly tailored for an 0­6 Medical Corps officer with experience in traumatic brain injury (TBI). The report date is March 2018. The position description is here:

Position Description – Director, Defense Veterans Brain Injury Center

Interested parties should send a CV/BIO to BUMED via their Specialty Leader by 21 Nov.

Consolidated Special Pay Profile – New Board Eligible Attending

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Let’s assume this is a board-eligible (not certified yet) new Emergency Medicine attending at NMC San Diego who had no prior service, did a 2 year GMO tour, 4 years of residency, just graduated from that residency in July 2017, and has dependents. This is what that new attending should see on their LES:

BASE PAY ­- $6,092.40 (O4 over 6 pay grade from the 2017 Basic Pay Table)

BAS -­ $253.63 (all officers get the same rate)

BAH -­ $3,339.00 (O4 with dependents rate in zip code 92134 based on this calculator)

SAVE PAY ­-$4083.33 (IP only 1­ year rate paid monthly – $49K paid as $4083.33/month for Emergency Medicine – which is from Table 2 of the Final Navy FY17 Pay Plan)

TOTAL – $13,768.36/month

ANNUAL TOTAL – $165,220.32

Consolidated Special Pay Profile – General Medical Officer

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The new consolidated special pay plan is confusing. To try and alleviate that confusion, I’m going to publish what I’ll call special pay profiles. Next up…General Medical Officer (GMO).

Monthly Pay of a GMO

Let’s assume this is a GMO with the Marines at Camp Lejeune who had no prior service, did internship, and has been a GMO for 1 year with dependents. This is what that GMO should see on their LES:

BASE PAY ­- $4,587.00 (O3 over 2 pay grade from the 2017 Basic Pay Table)

BAS -­ $253.63 (all officers get the same rate)

BAH -­ $1425.00 (O3 with dependents rate in zip code 28542 based on this calculator)

SAVE PAY ­- $1,666.66 ($20K paid monthly, which is from Table 2 of the Final Navy FY17 Pay Plan)

TOTAL – $7932.29/month

ANNUAL TOTAL – $95,187.48

Consolidated Special Pay Profile – Residents

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The new consolidated special pay plan is confusing. To try and alleviate that confusion, I’m going to publish what I’ll call special pay profiles. Next up…residents.

Monthly Pay of a Resident

Let’s assume this is a resident at NMC Portsmouth who had no prior service, did internship, a 2 year GMO tour, and  now is a PGY-2 with dependents. This is what that resident should see on their LES:

BASE PAY ­- $4,950.90 (O3 over 3 pay grade from the 2017 Basic Pay Table)

BAS -­ $253.63 (all officers get the same rate)

BAH -­ $1872.00 (O3 with dependents rate in zip code 23708 based on this calculator)

SAVE PAY ­- $666.66 ($8K paid monthly, which is from Table 2 of the Final Navy FY17 Pay Plan)

TOTAL – $7743.19/month

ANNUAL TOTAL – $92,918.28