Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, Maxwell AFB, AL
/ Published August 15, 2019
Pay Information Sheet
This page explains how the monthly minimum pay for AFJROTC Instructors is calculated. This pay is known as the Minimum Instructor Pay or “MIP.” MIP is the difference between retired pay and the active duty pay and allowances (excluding hazardous duty and special pays) that an Air Force Junior ROTC instructor would receive if ordered to active duty.
For all Air Force Junior ROTC instructors, regardless if they are retired from the Active Duty, Guard or Reserve, the MIP calculations are accomplished in the same manner. Meaning, the MIP for retired Guard or Reserve members is calculated in the same manner as Active Duty, as if the person was receiving retired Active Duty member retired payments. To be clear: Retired Guard and Reserve members may not receive their monthly retired pay until they reach a certain age, but the MIP calculation is handled as if they are receiving Active Duty retiree payments now. This is a Secretary of Defense policy and is applicable to all branches. Therefore, the MIP for a retiree of the same rank, years of service and location would be the same regardless if they are a retired Active Duty, retired Guard, or retired Reserve member.
The Air Force reimburses the school one half of the monthly MIP, each month, for an annual period of 10 months. The total amount paid by the school is taxable income. All changes in active duty and retired pay (i.e. COLA increases) affect the minimum pay calculation.
Many schools elect to pay more than the MIP to attract and retain the most qualified instructors. Schools are also encouraged to adjust instructor pay based upon the individual’s qualifications and experience.
The Air Force will not reimburse the school for any amount paid to an instructor if they are employed while on Terminal Leave. Reimbursement will start on the effective date of retirement as stated on the official retirement orders. Any contract length above 10 months and any pay above the MIP are a matter of negotiation between the applicant and the school.
You can compute the approximate amount of your MIP by using the pay guide below.
For current rates:
A worksheet to figure your pay:
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