United States Air Force makes unexpected decision on special duty assignment pay designation
NATIONAL HARBOR, M.D.– Good news for thousands of U.S. airmen worldwide: the Air Force has reversed a decision to eliminate what’s known as “Special Duty assignment pay.”
Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall made the announcement during a keynote speech to the Air Force Association in Maryland. Dozens of critical job classifications, which include some of the most demanding, would have been affected.
Kendall says rapid changes in the economy over the past several months have put unique pressures on airmen.
Congressional action is required to put the money back into the budget. However, Senator Mike Rounds, who serves on the Armed Services Committee, believes there’s broad support to do so.
“I find no appetite up here for allowing those cuts to go into effect,” the Senator said. “This is something that I think Republicans and Democrats will be able to agree on.”
The pay cuts were expected to go into effect on October 1, with Airmen who receive the special duty pay standing to have lost anywhere between $75 to $400 a month, or $900 and $5,400 a year.