LEAVE: Accumulates 2.5 days leave per month (30 days of leave with pay each year) which can be carried forward (maximum of 60 days) into the next fiscal year.
SURVIVOR BENEFITS. All pay stops when a member dies. However, if the member dies while on active duty with 20 or more years of service, the surviving spouse and children are automatically protected by the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)--at no cost to the member. The surviving spouse will get an annuity equal to the difference between the dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) payment and the SBP payment that would be paid had the member been retired on the date of his death. To determine the amount of the SBP, the maximum applicable rate of retired pay that would be due the member would be used. DIC is paid by the Veterans Administration to the surviving spouse at a monthly rate of $911 and to surviving children at a rate of $229 per child. These are tax exempt payments and are annually adjusted for inflation.
SERVICEMEMBERS' GROUP LIFE INSURANCE: Inexpensive insurance--$250,000 at $20 per month ($0.80/$10,000 of coverage).
EDUCATION: The Air Force currently pays 75 percent of tuition up to $187.50 per credit hour ($3,500 annually) in off-duty courses with accredited schools. The FY01 NDAA authorized payment of 100 percent tuition (up to approved “caps”). Provides CLEP/DANTES tests that could result in receiving college credit versus having to enroll in certain classes.
COMMISSIONING PROGRAMS: There are many avenues to pursue for those interested in a commission. Officer Training School (OTS), Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) scholarship programs, and Airman Education and Commissioning Program (AECP) are some of the many programs available. Additionally, AFROTC recently implemented a 1-year Professional Officer Corps (POC) program that allows enlisted personnel who are within one year of completing baccalaureate requirements, the opportunity to apply to ROTC.
MONTGOMERY GI BILL (MGIB): Individuals entering the Air Force after 1 Jul 85 are automatically enrolled in the MGIB, unless they disenroll in recruit training. The MGIB requires a $100 a month nontaxable pay reduction for the first full 12 months of active duty. Benefits are $650 a month for 36 months (adjusted annually based on the consumer price index). Members who elected to participate in the Montgomery GI Bill upon entering active duty (after 30 June 1985) and agreed to payroll deduction of $100 a month for a total of 12 months, can receive a benefit of $23,400 with yearly increases as determined by the consumer price index.
SCHOLARSHIPS: Many scholarships are available for both military members and their families. Eagle Grants are also available for CCAF graduates who are pursuing a bachelor's degree. Grants range from $250 to $500 and may be used in conjunction with Tuition Assistance. Military spouses’ organizations also offer scholarship opportunities.
VOCATIONAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES: There are training opportunities, both formal training associated with AFSC and various classes related to personal enhancement (PME, computer classes, management training).
CAREER BROADENING OPPORTUNITIES: Special Duty Assignments, Retraining, Overseas Duty, Contingency TDYs, etc.