37 U.S. Code § 302c - Special pay: psychologists and nonphysician health care providers

(a) Public Health Service Corps.— A member who is—
(1) an officer in the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service and is designated as a psychologist; and
(2) has been awarded a diploma as a Diplomate in Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology,
is entitled to special pay, as provided in subsection (b).
(b) Rate of Special Pay.— The rate of special pay to which an officer is entitled pursuant to subsection (a) shall be—
(1) $2,000 per year, if the officer has less than 10 years of creditable service;
(2) $2,500 per year, if the officer has at least 10 but less than 12 years of creditable service;
(3) $3,000 per year, if the officer has at least 12 but less than 14 years of creditable service;
(4) $4,000 per year, if the officer has at least 14 but less than 18 years of creditable service; or
(5) $5,000 per year, if the officer has 18 or more years of creditable service.
(c) Army, Navy, and Air Force Psychologists.— The Secretary of Defense may provide special pay at the rates specified in subsection (b) to an officer who—
(1) is an officer in the Medical Service Corps of the Army or Navy or a biomedical sciences officer in the Air Force;
(2) is designated as a psychologist; and
(3) has been awarded a diploma as a Diplomate in Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.
(d) Nonphysician Health Care Providers.— The Secretary concerned may authorize the payment of special pay at the rates specified in subsection (b) to an officer who—
(1) is an officer in the Medical Service Corps of the Army or Navy, a biomedical sciences officer in the Air Force, an officer in the Army Medical Specialist Corps, an officer of the Nurse Corps of the Army or Navy, an officer of the Air Force designated as a nurse, an officer of the Coast Guard or Coast Guard Reserve designated as a physician assistant, or an officer in the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service;
(2) is a health care provider (other than a psychologist);
(3) has a postbaccalaureate degree; and
(4) is certified by a professional board in the officer’s specialty.

Source

(Added Pub. L. 100–140, § 2(a),Oct. 26, 1987, 101 Stat. 830; amended Pub. L. 101–189, div. A, title VII, § 704(a), (b)(1), (c),Nov. 29, 1989, 103 Stat. 1471; Pub. L. 101–510, div. A, title VI, § 618(a),Nov. 5, 1990, 104 Stat. 1579; Pub. L. 102–25, title VII, § 702(a)(2)(A),Apr. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 117; Pub. L. 102–484, div. A, title VI, § 611,Oct. 23, 1992, 106 Stat. 2420; Pub. L. 104–106, div. A, title VI, § 617,Feb. 10, 1996, 110 Stat. 362; Pub. L. 104–201, div. A, title VI, § 614(b),Sept. 23, 1996, 110 Stat. 2544; Pub. L. 105–85, div. A, title X, § 1073(c)(5),Nov. 18, 1997, 111 Stat. 1904; Pub. L. 106–398, § 1 [[div. A], title VI, § 627], Oct. 30, 2000, 114 Stat. 1654, 1654A–153; Pub. L. 110–181, div. A, title X, § 1063(b),Jan. 28, 2008, 122 Stat. 322.)
Prior Provisions

A prior section 302c, added Pub. L. 96–284, § 3(a)(1),June 28, 1980, 94 Stat. 589, related to special pay for medical officers of the Public Health Service, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 96–513, title IV, § 414(a),Dec. 12, 1980, 94 Stat. 2906, eff. Sept. 15, 1981.
Amendments

2008—Subsec. (d)(1). Pub. L. 110–181substituted “Service Corps” for “Services Corps”.
2000—Subsec. (d)(1). Pub. L. 106–398inserted “an officer of the Coast Guard or Coast Guard Reserve designated as a physician assistant,” after “nurse,”.
1997—Subsec. (d)(1). Pub. L. 105–85made technical correction to directory language of Pub. L. 104–201, § 614(b)(2)(B). See 1996 Amendment note below.
1996—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 104–201, § 614(b)(1), substituted “Secretary concerned” for “Secretary of Defense” in introductory provisions.
Subsec. (d)(1). Pub. L. 104–201, § 614(b)(2)(B), as amended by Pub. L. 105–85, inserted before semicolon at end “, or an officer in the Regular or Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service”.
Pub. L. 104–201, § 614(b)(2)(A), struck out “or” after “Nurse Corps of the Army or Navy,”.
Pub. L. 104–106struck out “or” after “Air Force,” and inserted “, an officer of the Nurse Corps of the Army or Navy, or an officer of the Air Force designated as a nurse” before semicolon at end.
1992—Subsec. (d)(1). Pub. L. 102–484substituted “Navy,” for “Navy or” and inserted before semicolon at end “, or an officer in the Army Medical Specialist Corps”.
1991—Pub. L. 102–25amended section catchline generally.
1990—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 101–510added subsec. (d).
1989—Pub. L. 101–189, § 704(b)(1), struck out “in the Public Health Service Corps” after “psychologists” in section catchline.
Subsecs. (a), (b). Pub. L. 101–189, § 704(c), inserted headings.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 101–189, § 704(a), added subsec. (c).
Effective Date of 1997 Amendment

Pub. L. 105–85, div. A, title X, § 1073(c),Nov. 18, 1997, 111 Stat. 1904, provided that the amendment made by that section is effective as of Sept. 23, 1996, and as if included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997, Pub. L. 104–201, as enacted.
Effective Date

Pub. L. 100–140, § 2(c),Oct. 26, 1987, 101 Stat. 831, provided that: “The amendments made by this section [enacting this section and amending section 303a of this title] shall take effect on October 1, 1987 or on the date of the enactment of this Act [Oct. 26, 1987], whichever is later, and shall apply with respect to pay periods beginning on or after that effective date.”
Transfer of Functions

For transfer of authorities, functions, personnel, and assets of the Coast Guard, including the authorities and functions of the Secretary of Transportation relating thereto, to the Department of Homeland Security, and for treatment of related references, see sections 468 (b), 551 (d), 552 (d), and 557 of Title 6, Domestic Security, and the Department of Homeland Security Reorganization Plan of November 25, 2002, as modified, set out as a note under section 542 of Title 6.
Implementation of Subsection (d)

Pub. L. 101–510, div. A, title VI, § 618(b),Nov. 5, 1990, 104 Stat. 1579, provided that: “The Secretary of Defense may not implement subsection (d) ofsection 302c of title 37, United States Code (as added by subsection (a)), unless the Secretary submits to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and House of Representatives a report—
“(1) justifying the need of the military departments for the authority provided in such subsection; and
“(2) describing the manner in which that authority will be implemented.”
[Report submitted to Committees on Apr. 29, 1994.]
Implementation of Special Pay for Army, Navy, and Air Force Psychologists

Pub. L. 101–189, div. A, title VII, § 704(d),Nov. 29, 1989, 103 Stat. 1471, provided that: “The Secretary of Defense may not implement subsection (c) ofsection 302c of title 37, United States Code (as added by subsection (a)), unless the Secretary submits to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and House of Representatives a report—
“(1) justifying the need of the military departments for the authority provided in such subsection; and
“(2) describing the manner in which that authority will be implemented.”
[Report submitted to Committees on Apr. 20, 1994.]

 

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