In response to recent increases in aviator attrition, the Service has implemented several workforce management tools to preserve operational readiness, including reinstating Aviation Career Continuation Pay (ACCP), better known as “aviation bonus pay.” While we are not in extremis, there are several data points indicating action is required, including:
Aviation Career Continuation Pay (ACCP) targets Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing aircraft commanders with critical skill sets. ACN077/17 was released with additional information outlining the application process, and defining the parameters for eligibility, with the primary goal of incentivizing a sufficient number of aviators to complete a third aviation tour. Following graduation from flight school, OCS and CGA accessions typically have 11 and 13 years obligated service respectively taking them through their first two aviations tours. At the O-5 and O-6 level, aviation remains extremely competitive, therefore bonuses primarily target O-3 and O-4 aircraft commanders without obligated service.
It is also important to note that paying bonuses was not the first initiative attempted in FY17. There have been several traditional and unique workforce management tools already implemented, including:
Postgraduate school options are also going to be adjusted to ensure opportunities exist for officers to attend Postgraduate schools in aviation related programs, as well as programs that align with service needs. An upcoming ALCGPSC will contain additional information outlining the details and extended deadlines for aviators who may have applied to programs for which opportunities have changed. Communicating these adjustments for AY18 will be critical and I ask for your support. We have analyzed the historical graduate school opportunities and have worked to ensure we provide access to programs both within aviation and outside that have traditionally supported the members’ goals and the Service’s needs.
The final critical piece to aviator retention is the Service’s legislative requirement to transition from Aviation Career Incentive Pay (ACIP) to Aviation Incentive Pay (AvIP). PSC-OPM and CG-133 are developing the policy guiding the Coast Guard through this mandatory change. We expect to publish the new AvIP policy in early Fall of 2017.
PSC-opm is also conducting outreach efforts with individual commands as well as providing critical information updates on the opm portal pages. Commands are encouraged to contact PSC-opm-2 with questions. The POC for this effort is LCDR Ryan Matson PSC-OPM-2.
I recognize the need for these actions to ensure we retain officers within the aviation specialty. As we become more specialized the challenge to recruit, train, and retain talent across the Service will increase. As we continue to implement the Human Capital Strategy, your insights and inputs will prove critical to ensuring our success. I welcome and appreciate your feedback.
RDML William G. Kelly
RDML WILLIAM G. KELLY
Assistant Commandant for Human Resources
Enclosure: Aviation Bonus FAQs
Issue date: 7/5/17