Each branch of service has specific qualification requirements for members to receive Diving Duty Pay. In general, these divers must be designated divers by order, training, and assignment. The entitlement for Diving Duty Pay exists for members receiving basic pay and who are:
- Ordered to diving duty
- Required to dive to maintain proficiency
- Either actually performing diving duty in an assignment as their primary
duty, or meeting the requirements to maintain proficiency while serving in
an assignment for which diving is required, but not the primary duty.
When members are assigned to diving duty and hazardous duty simultaneously, monthly payments for diving duty are not more than two incentive payments for hazardous duty authorized.
Diving duty pay is a "pay," not an "allowance," and is therefore subject to normal income tax laws, except when earned in a designated combat zone.
2011 Diving Duty Pay
|Enlisted Dive Pay Rates||Monthly Pay|
|Diver 1st and 2nd Class||$215|
|Officer Dive Pay Rates||Monthly Pay|