A U.S. Army AH-64 Apache pilot conducts final preflight checks before taking off in Afghanistan in April 2019. The Army announced new bonuses for pilots to try to keep them from being lured away by higher pay and better benefits paid by commercial airlines. ROXANA THOMPSON/U.S. ARMY
A U.S. Army AH-64 Apache pilot conducts final preflight checks before taking off in Afghanistan in April 2019. The Army announced new bonuses for pilots to try to keep them from being lured away by higher pay and better benefits paid by commercial airlines. ROXANA THOMPSON/U.S. ARMY

Army hikes bonuses for first time in decades to stem pilot exodus

by Slobodan Lekic
Stars and Stripes

The Army will pay up to $1,000 a month in aviation incentives, the first increases it has offered in decades, as it tries to remain competitive with commercial airlines offering higher salaries.

The higher pay, which covers most pilots in the Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve, became effective Jan. 1.

“This increase in (incentive pay), the first for Army pilots in over 20 years … is just one of many efforts underway to maintain aviation readiness and ensure support to the joint force,” Maj. Gen. David J. Francis, head of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, said in a statement Friday.

Pilots with two years of Army service would receive $125 a month and those with more than 10 years of service would get $1,000 monthly under the new bonus plan, the Army statement said.

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