Cold Weather Incentive Pay authorized for Team Minot Airmen

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  • By Senior Airman Caleb S. Kimmell
  • Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs
Taking effect April 1, 2024, Airmen and Guardians assigned to at least a year-long tour at one of seven Air and Space Force bases where temperatures often drop to -20 degrees or colder, are eligible to receive a one-time, lump-sum bonus ranging from $1,000 to $4,000.
The Cold Weather Assignment Incentive Pay, available to all regardless of rank or position, runs through Dec. 31, 2026, and is subject to change, according to a March 29 memo posted by the Department of the Air Force. It is a one-time lump sum, dispersed to Airmen and Guardians upon committing to serve a minimum tour of 12 months, depending upon the qualifying location.
Locations that meet this threshold are Minot and Grand Forks Air Force Bases and Cavalier Space Force Station in North Dakota, Clear Space Force Station, Eielson AFB and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, and Malmstrom AFB, Montana. 
Airmen already stationed at these locations are not eligible for the incentive pay, nor will they be reimbursed. Only new, incoming Airmen will receive the bonus.
This payment aims to alleviate the financial strain associated with acquiring specific cold weather necessities, including extreme cold weather gear, all-season and/or snow tires, tire mounts and alignments, engine block heaters, and emergency winter car kits, while also providing additional motivation for assignments.
Cold Weather Assignment Incentive Pay represents a significant step in supporting Team Minot Airmen. By offering financial assistance and additional incentives, the Air Force aims to ensure the well-being and readiness of Airmen and their families stationed at Minot AFB.
To learn more about the program, click the link here.