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Special Duty Assignment Pay

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If you are an enlisted member who is performing duties which have been designated as extremely difficult or involving an unusual degree of responsibility in a military skill, you may be entitled to Special Duty Assignment Pay (SDAP).

The following table reflects the most recent SDAP monthly rates:

What Military Specialties Qualify For Special Duty Assignment Pay?

Some of the qualifying military specialties include:

  • Nuclear Trained Sailors
  • Special Operations Forces
  • Production Recruiter
  • White House Communications Agency
  • Defense Threat Reduction Agency
  • Defense Courier Operations
  • Senior Enlisted Advisor to the JCS

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37 U.S. Code § 352 - Assignment pay or special duty pay

2022—Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 117–263, § 603(a) , inserted “(including a cold weather location)” after “location”.

Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 117–263, § 601(d)(7) , substituted “ December 31, 2023 ”“ December 31, 2023 ”for “ December 31, 2022 ”.

2021—Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 117–81 substituted “ December 31, 2022 ” for “ December 31, 2021 ”.

Pub. L. 116–283 substituted “ December 31, 2021 ” for “ December 31, 2020 ”.

2019—Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 116–92 substituted “ December 31, 2020 ” for “ December 31, 2019 ”.

2018—Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 115–232 substituted “ December 31, 2019 ” for “ December 31, 2018 ”.

2017—Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 115–91 substituted “ December 31, 2018 ” for “ December 31, 2017 ”.

2016—Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 114–328 substituted “ December 31, 2017 ” for “ December 31, 2016 ”.

2015—Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 114–92 substituted “ December 31, 2016 ” for “ December 31, 2015 ”.

2014—Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 113–291 substituted “ December 31, 2015 ” for “ December 31, 2014 ”.

2013—Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 113–66 substituted “ December 31, 2014 ” for “ December 31, 2013 ”.

Pub. L. 112–239 substituted “ December 31, 2013 ” for “ December 31, 2012 ”.

2011—Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 112–81 substituted “ December 31, 2012 ” for “ December 31, 2011 ”.

Pub. L. 111–383 substituted “ December 31, 2011 ” for “ December 31, 2010 ”.

2009—Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 111–84, § 618(c) , inserted at end “If paid monthly, the Secretary concerned may prorate the monthly amount of the assignment or special duty pay for a member who does not satisfy the eligibility requirement for an entire month to reflect the duration of the member’s actual qualifying service during the month.”

Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 111–84, § 614(7) , substituted “ December 31, 2010 ” for “ December 31, 2009 ”.

Pub. L. 117–263, div. K, title CXII, § 11237 , Dec. 23, 2022 , 136 Stat. 4036 , provided that:

Pub. L. 111–84, div. A, title VI, § 619 , Oct. 28, 2009 , 123 Stat. 2357 , provided that:


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  18. 37 U.S. Code § 352

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    a. Enlisted personnel (pay grades E-5 to E-9) will be considered for assignment as an RDC. E-5 candidates (no waivers for rank) must have a minimum of 6 years active service with 2 years time-in-rate (waivers granted on case-by-case basis). Personnel with 15 years or more service will not be approved for