Pentagon OKs special, incentive pay for troops who can't meet requirements during pandemic

Paratroopers are among the service members typically receiving special monthly pay who will continue collecting those payments even if they cannot complete requirements due to the coronavirus pandemic. MILTON HAMILTON/U.S. AIR FORCE
Paratroopers are among the service members typically receiving special monthly pay who will continue collecting those payments even if they cannot complete requirements due to the coronavirus pandemic. MILTON HAMILTON/U.S. AIR FORCE

Pentagon OKs special, incentive pay for troops who can't meet requirements during pandemic

by Corey Dickstein
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will allow service members who typically receive some special monthly pay, such as incentives for dangerous duties, to continue collecting those payments even if they cannot complete requirements due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Defense Department said Thursday.

The new guidance will allow top commanders to waive the requirements service members must complete to receive those special and incentive payments for troops who are “unable to perform the required duties through no fault of their own” amid the ongoing pandemic that has locked down most military movement globally. The guidance also allows service members to receive free Defense Department-supplied meals as part of an on-post, coronavirus-related isolation, and it grants some reservists and National Guard members the ability to complete monthly training via telework.

Pentagon officials issued the new guidance Thursday with a memorandum to the force, which stated top leaders within each service had the power to apply the exemptions. The memo said those policy exemptions are, in part, meant to minimize financial risks to service members and their families.

Special and incentive pay impacted by the guidance includes programs such as Hazardous Duty Incentive Pay and Aviation Incentive Pay, according to the memo.

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