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A1C Hunter Snowman guards the outer perimeter of a Minuteman III ICBM launch facility during a training exercise in North Dakota, July 11, 2014. Air Force photo by SrA. Brittany Y. Bateman

Airmen in select nuclear career fields are now eligible for assignment incentive pay and special-duty assignment pay. Effective Oct. 1, select officers and enlisted airmen in eleven nuclear career fields and assignment areas will receive between $75 and $300 per month, according to an Oct. 2 release. “The airmen selected for this incentive are critical members of our Air Force’s number one mission,” said Col. Zannis Pappas, nuclear and missile operations career field manager on the Air Staff. Eligible for the extra pay are command post airmen, nuclear aircraft maintainers, security forces, missile maintainers, aircraft armament systems technicians, nuclear weapons and support personnel for ICBM complexes, among others. It will take several months before these airmen will see the bump in their pay, but the Air Force will retroactively compensate them back to the Oct. 1 start date, states the release. Air Force Secretary Deborah James unveiled this initiative in September.