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Air Force expands aviation bonus to 595 more air battle managers

April 24, 2019 / Stephen Losey

Service officials are expanding the 2019 Aviation Bonus Program to include more air battle managers, according to a Monday news release. Air Force spokeswoman Capt. Carrie Volpe, in an email Tuesday, said the expanded pool would make 595 additional air battle managers eligible for bonuses totaling $100,000. The Air Force in January announced the bonuses and eligibility requirements for this year’s program. The original announcement included some 13B air battle managers, who could receive $20,000 annually for signing up for three to six more years, or $25,000 annually if they signed up for seven to nine more years. Now, the Air Force is allowing air battle managers who are past their undergraduate flying training active-duty service commitment, but are not yet eligible for retirement, to receive the bonus. Those ABMs would have to sign up for five more years, and would receive $20,000 per year.