The Assignment Incentive Pay (AIP) program is on its fourth year of financial incentives to encourage Soldiers to extend their tour on the Korean peninsula. There have been significant changes to the program since last year. See your BN/STB S1 for complete details.
The intent of AIP is to promote readiness, stability, and predictability for unit formations in Korea and to provide an incentive for Soldiers to serve extended tours. Once approved, AIP is a binding contract between the Army and the Soldier. Volunteers receive $300 per month for a 12-month AIP extension commitment (the 24-month option was discontinued effective 1 May 2008). Upon approval, payment begins from the application date.
This policy applies to all US Army personnel stationed in the Korean Theater of Operations (KTO).
--Officers, warrant officers and enlisted Soldiers may apply for a 12-month AIP option until they are 120 days from their DEROS or HRC issues Assignment instructions (AI), whichever comes first.
--All Soldiers without OIF/OEF deployment experience are limited to one (1) 12 month extension to their tour.
- This equates to a maximum 24-month tour for unaccompanied and 36-months for accompanied personnel without credible OIF/OEF deployment experience, absent an exception to policy.
- Credible deployment time to meet the operational deployment criteria is six months consecutive or cumulative deployment to an OIF/OEF theater of operations since September 2001.
- All types of extensions including FSTE and IFSTE, Consecutive Overseas Tours (COTs), approved Command Sponsorship Positions (CSP), and of course AIP (12 month option only) count towards the 12 additional months (extensions are cumulative).
- Any extension request beyond the 12 months must be applied for as an exception to policy. See your BN/STB S1 for complete details.
--All requests that will result in a Soldier serving in excess of four (4) consecutive years in Korea (including FSTE, IFSTE, and any other means of extension) must process through Eighth US Army G1 to the CG, Eighth US Army for approval prior to submission to HRC.
Soldiers may not receive more than one incentive at a time. Soldiers can apply if they are already receiving an incentive payment such as Targeted Selective Reenlistment Bonus (TSRB), Overseas Tour Extension Incentive Program (OTEIP), In-Place Consecutive Overseas Tours (IPCOT) or Soldiers currently on AIP. However, the effective date of their payment begins at the start of their subsequent AIP tour.
Command Sponsorship (CS) and Joint Domicile (JD) are separate, distinct personnel actions. Regardless of the approval sequence, CS/JD plus a 12-month AIP equals a 36-month tour in Korea.
Soldiers must meet time remaining in service requirements prior to the approval of an AIP request. Soldiers that do not have enough time remaining in service to complete their tour may apply, but must extend or reenlist within 30 days of their approved AIP request or the application is cancelled.
Soldiers stationed in Korea and interested in applying for AIP must do so online. It’s easy, just click the "Apply" button below, review the prepared DA Form 4187, accept or decline the terms of the agreement, print the DA Form 4187, sign and submit it to your S1 for processing.
The unit S1 will review the Soldier's DA Form 4187 and submit it to the approval authority within 30 days of receipt from the Soldier. The BDE/STB CDR is the approving authority for fully qualified AIP requests.
AIP is subject to the concurrence of the chain of command. Requests disapproved by the chain of command will be returned to the Soldier. Furthermore, the approval authority may disapprove AIP requests in cases where approval is inconsistent with personnel authorizations, strength management goals, or professional development timeliness.