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Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp tours the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton and meets with personnel at the Huntington Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., July 29, 2011.


This topic provides the SPO data entry technician with general information and links to step-by-step procedures to properly record entitlement to Assignment Incentive Pay for Pre Commissioning Cutter Crews.


The information in this topic is provided to help you familiarize you with Assignment Incentive Pay for Pre Commissioning Cutter Crews entitlement rules and terms. This information is only introductory. Refer to the references list below for official guidance on this entitlement.

AIP-PCC is a special pay intended to encourage active duty military personnel to volunteer for difficult- to-fill assignments by providing a monetary incentive. Commandant (CG-1332) designates Coast Guard units for AIP-PCC purposes.


(a) Coast Guard Pay Manual, COMDTINST M7220.29 (series)
Note: Refer to ALCOAST 372/22 (October 3, 2022), until the Pay Manual is updated to reflect the addition of AIP-PCC.
(b) Personnel and Pay Procedures Manual, PPCINST M1000.6, Chapter 8, Section D



AIP-PCC may be paid to active duty officers and enlisted members entitled to Basic Pay under 37 U.S.C. Section 204 - Entitlement , including Reservists on active duty who are permanently assigned as part of a designated pre-commissioning cutter crew. Authorization and termination of designated units will be communicated via decision memo.

Effective Date

AIP-PCC authorized effective September 1, 2022.

Payment Restrictions

In relation to other pays, AIP-PCC is in addition to any pay, allowance, special pay, incentive pay, or any other monetary benefit to which the member might otherwise be entitled,


AIP-PCC is taxable income for federal and state tax purposes, but is not subject to Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) Tax.

Computation of Lump-Sum Leave, Retired Pay, Bonuses, Continuation Pay, Separation Pay, or Disability Severance Pay

AIP-PCC is not included in the computation of sale or settlement of unused accrued leave, Retired Pay, reenlistment bonus, Continuation Pay, Separation Pay, or Disability Severance Pay.

AIP-PCC Start Date

AIP-PCC starts on the date of the COMDT (CG-1332) decision memo authorizing the designated unit, or the date the member reports to the designated unit, whichever is later. AIP-PCC may not be paid retroactively.

AIP-PCC Stop Date

AIP-PCC stops the day prior to the date the associated cutter is placed into a commissioned status, or the date prior to the date a member:

a. Is discharged or released from active duty;  

b. Is confined as a result of a court-martial sentence;

c. Is absent without leave, with AIP-PCC restarted upon return from such absence;

d. Departs on permanent change of station (PCS) order from an assignment where AIP-PCC is authorized, in which case AIP-PCC stops the day prior to the date of departure from the assignment; or

e. Departs the vicinity of a unit for which AIP-PCC is authorized, with no expectation of return prior to separation or retirement (e.g., leave or administrative absence).


Effective September 1, 2022, the monthly rate of AIP-PCC is $200.

  • Commandant (CG-1) may adjust payment levels based Service needs.

  • Changes to monthly payment rates will be announced via ALCOAST.

AIP-PCC Pro-Ration

The portion of the month in which AIP-PCC starts or stops will be prorated. The 31st day of a month is not countable under any circumstances.  

AIP-PCC Procedures

Procedures for AIP-PCC are contained in the Assignment Incentive Pay SPO/PSI user guide. The guide can be accessed via the Direct-Access User Guides web page, in the SPO/PSI Pay section.