DoD Disability Severance Pay
Benefit Fact Sheet
The Secretary of the Air Force may separate, versus retire, an Airman who is found physically unfit to perform their duties due to a disability. Separation may occur with entitlement to disability severance pay or without entitlement to disability benefits. Separation with disability severance pay occurs when the Airman's unfitting disabilities are determined by the Air Force to be service connected, the Airman has less than 20 years of service as computed under 10 USC 1208, and the Airman's combined disability rating assigned to the unfitting disabilities is less than 30 percent. Separation without entitlement to disability benefits occurs when the unfitting disabilities are determined to be non-service connected without permanent aggravation or incurred due to misconduct. Airmen of the Ready Reserve with 20 qualifying years and Airmen of the Selected Reserve with 15 qualifying years with a disability disposition of separation with or without severance pay have an additional election in lieu of being separated. This additional election is discussed further in this paper.
Retired Airmen are not eligible for Department of Defense (DoD) Disability Severance Pay but may be eligible for VA Disability Compensation.
For more information, please visit the following webpage maintained by the Department of Defense:
Volume 7B: “Military Pay Policy and Procedures – Retired Pay:
Volume 7A: “Military Pay Policy and Procedures – Active Duty and Reserve Pay
Overview of the Air Force Physical Disability Evaluation System:
Online Resource for Americans with Disabilities: