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59 minutes ago, Guardian said:

The goods. ART bonus. Significant pay increase to the baseline pay. All Guard pilots are GS 13’s. Really good pay especially for a young officer.

Bad’s. Stayed the same. Long time till retirement.

Where could I find info on the ART bonus?

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On 7/10/2021 at 12:22 PM, Hopefulflyer389 said:

Where could I find info on the ART bonus?

Depends on which bonus you are talking about.  Technically (Reserve side, can't speak for Guard) we have two bonuses going on right now.  

1.  We have a 14% salary bump that gets paid out on each LES.  That's bonus #1 

2.  AFRC a few years ago signed off on an annual pilot retention bonus as well.  It comes out as an announcement on MyPers each year.  This year its $18k per year and you can sign up for it for 1-4 years.  Kicker is AFRC got lazy and copy/pasted the AD bonus verbiage so even though its an "ART" bonus, you have to be past your initial UPT commitment date to get it.....

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On 7/20/2021 at 2:33 PM, HeyWatchThis said:

Depends on which bonus you are talking about.  Technically (Reserve side, can't speak for Guard) we have two bonuses going on right now.  

1.  We have a 14% salary bump that gets paid out on each LES.  That's bonus #1 

2.  AFRC a few years ago signed off on an annual pilot retention bonus as well.  It comes out as an announcement on MyPers each year.  This year its $18k per year and you can sign up for it for 1-4 years.  Kicker is AFRC got lazy and copy/pasted the AD bonus verbiage so even though its an "ART" bonus, you have to be past your initial UPT commitment date to get it.....

Thanks. I’m switching to an ART position in about 2 months and and Civilian Personnel appears to be useless on the topics; no surprise there. 

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18 hours ago, Kenny Powers said:

Are you eligible for Tricare Reserve Select as an ART?

Also, can someone pass the quick rundown on how the retirement works?

No, ARTs are explicitly denied Tricare. You get the standard range of options available to Federal civilian employees.

The retirement is the federal pension. The base calculation is off your highest three years of civil service. Get 1% (1.1% if you retire later) of that amount for each year of creditable service. So if your high three average is $100k and you have ten years of service, your pension is $10k a year. You pay 4.4% of your paycheck for this. You need five years of creditable service to get anything, and that can include military time if you pay a few thousand bucks to "buy it back."

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