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Air Force Captain

O-3 Commissioned Officer, U.S. Air Force
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Air Force Captain
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Air Force O-3 Captain

Class Commissioned Officer
Abbr. Capt
Title Captain (last name)
Paygrade O-3 (DoD Paygrade)
OF-3 (NATO Code)
Salary $3711.90/mo

What is a Captain?

Captain (Capt) is the third Commissioned Officer rank in the United States Air Force. It ranks just above First Lieutenant and below a Major. Captain is the entry rank for new Commissioned Officers with a doctorate in a healthcare profession. Captains are responsible for commanding whatever company they are assigned too, and are referred to as Company Commander when in command of a company. They are also sometimes flight commanders, and instructors at Air Force schools, and they are responsible for the men who serve under them.

The rank insignia for a Captain is the same as the First Lieutenant's, except that it has two silver bars instead of one.

Captain is the 19th rank in the United States Air Force, ranking above First Lieutenant and directly below Major. A captain is a Commissioned Officer at DoD paygrade O-3, with a starting monthly pay of $3711.90.

How do you become a Captain?

A Captain is most often promoted from First Lieutenant (1st L), although promotion from lower paygrades may occur with sufficient display of leadership and experience.

What is the proper way to address a Captain?

The correct way to address a Captain named Mr. Garelick is "Captain Garelick", or written as Capt Garelick. In formal situations, a Captain should always be addressed by their full rank.

How much does a Captain earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Captain with no years of experience is $3,711.90 per month. A Captain receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

Basic pay is only a small percentage of a Captain's final compensation package. In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Air Force Captain may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including hostile fire pay, housing allowance, clothing allowance, food allowance, and more.

For full details on the Air Force's Captain compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2016 Air Force Captain Pay Chart. A full table of the Air Force's current paygrades are available at the Air Force Pay Chart.

The Government civilian-employee equivalent of a Captain is paid under the General Schedule payscale. For more details, learn more about the General Schedule payscale.

Equivalent Ranks

Air Force Captain - Equivalent to Captain
Air Force
Army Captain - Equivalent to Captain
Coast Guard Lieutenant - Equivalent to Captain
Coast Guard
Marine Corps Captain - Equivalent to Captain
Marine Corps
Navy Lieutenant - Equivalent to Captain