Intelligence officers in certain Air Force Specialty Codes may be eligible for a retention bonus up to $30,000, according to an Aug. 7 release. Eligible officers have until Sept. 22 to apply for the critical skills retention bonus, which is similar to the aviator pay bonuses announced earlier this year. “We simply can’t afford to lose the experience and skills of these intelligence officers who are critical to our national security,” said Lt. Gen. Bob Otto, head of the ISR directorate on the Air Staff. Certain incentives will be targeted at key year groups and will be critical to the Air Force’s effort to size, shape, and stabilize the force, he added. Eligible officers (captains and majors from the 2004-2007 year groups) must have a 14N core Air Force Specialty Code, and must be a graduate of the 14N initial skills training course at Goodfellow AFB, Texas. Depending on grade, years of services, and option, applicants could be eligible for $12,000, $20,000, or $30,000 bonuses.
March 4, 2024
The Air Force has published images of an operational hypersonic Air-Launched Rapid-Response Weapon (ARRW) in Guam; a disclosure possibly meant to send a message to China but which raises questions about the future of the ARRW, which the Air Force insists it is not planning to procure in quantity.