Incentive pay is pay you receive for certain types of
duty. These types of duty are usually considered
hazardous. Therefore, incentive pay is sometimes
referred to as hazardous duty pay. Duty for which you
may receive incentive pay includes aviation duty,
submarine duty, parachute duty, flight deck duty,
demolition duty, and experimental stress duty.
You receive incentive pay based on the following
You may receive a maximum of two incentive
pays if you meet the requirements for more than
You may not receive incentive pay if you receive
special pay for diving duty. (Special pay is
You receive the same basic rate of pay for all
types of incentive pay with the exception of
aviation duty and submarine duty pay, which
vary according to your paygrade and longevity.
Special pay is pay for special circumstances, such
as reenlistment or a particular type of duty. Duty for
which you may receive special pay includes foreign
duty, sea duty, medical duty, special assignment duty,
hostile fire duty, and diving duty. You may also receive
special pay in the form of a selective reenlistment bonus
An allowance is money used to reimburse you (pay
you back) for expenses necessary for you to perform
your job. Because they are reimbursements for
expenses, allowances are not taxable as income. You
receive allowances for expenses, such as clothing,
quarters, and food. You may also receive allowances for
various other expenses.
Enlisted members of the Navy, including Naval
Reservists on extended active duty, normally receive an
initial allowance for uniforms. You may receive a
clothing allowance by two methods.
1. You may receive a reimbursement of cash for
your purchases of the uniforms and uniform
accessories required for your paygrade.
2. You may receive issues of clothing equal to the
cash value of your allowance.
Following an initial 6-month active-duty period,
you are entitled to receive an annual clothing
maintenance allowance. The purpose of the
maintenance allowance is to provide you with cash for
the purchase of replacement clothing or for the repair of
Basic Allowance for Subsistence
Entitlement to a basic allowance for subsistence
(BAS) depends on your status and the availability of a
government mess. Enlisted members are entitled to a
daily ration in kind. Each enlisted member receives a
daily ration in kind in the form of three meals a day in a
government mess. An enlisted member may receive a
daily subsistence allowance for each day a government
mess is not available or not used.
Normally, entitlement to BAS depends on the
conditions at your permanent duty station. If the station
doesnt have a government mess, you are entitled to
BAS. If the station has a government mess but you are
authorized to mess separately, you are entitled to
separate rations (RATS SEP). When authorized BAS,
you receive the applicable rate for each calendar day of
the month for which you dont receive a ration in kind.
If you are authorized to mess separately, are
receiving RATS SEP, and your duties prevent you from
purchasing certain meals in a government mess, you
are entitled to a supplemental BAS.
Basic Allowance for Quarters
The purpose of basic allowance for quarters (BAQ)
is to help you pay the cost of suitable living quarters
when government quarters are unavailable or not
assigned. Entitlement to BAQ depends on your
paygrade, whether you have dependents, and whether
you and your dependents have been assigned quarters.
The receipt of BAQ involves many restrictions and
conditions of entitlement.