During their service, airmen earn a reasonable wage and other advantages along with the proper promotion. Airmen obtain many advantages such as housing, ration, self, and dependent medical services, self and family LTC, education loans, interest-free home repair or sister/daughter wedding loans, children's scholarships, etc.
Group X and Y employees are referred to as PBOR (person below the rank of officer) or airmen. Group X Airmen will operate in the technical areas subject to their business while Group Y airmen will work in non-technical streams such as Logistics, Administration, Accounts, etc.
The posts are- Airframe Fitter, Propulsion Fitter, Weapon Fitter, Electrical Fitter, Electronic Fitter, Mechanical Fitter, Automotive Fitter, and Workshop Fitter in Group X's technical trades.
On the other hand, Group Y's non-technical posts are- Accounts Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Logistics Assistant, Operation Assistant, Medical Assistant, IAF Police & Security, Ground Training Instructor, Environmental Support Services Assistant, Meteorological Assistant, Musician, and Cryptographer.
During training, Airmen get a stipend of ₹ 14,600 in both groups. Once the training is complete, ₹ 33,100 per month is given to Group X airmen. Group Y airmen receive ₹ 26,900 per month. In addition to this Dearness Allowance is also provided.
The Dearness Allowance is based on the complete amount of Pay Band + Grade Pay + MSP. Military Service Pay (MSP) is paid on a monthly basis to all airmen. Thus, now you must be clear with the salary of Indian Air Force Officers.
Other Allowances: In addition to the above, various allowances such as Transport Allowance, Composite Personal Maintenance Allowance (CPMA), Leave Ration Allowance (LRA), High Altitude Allowance, Field Area/
Modified Field Area Allowance, House Rent Allowance (HRA), Children Education Allowance/ Hostel Subsidy etc., shall also be admissible from time to time as applicable.
Perks: Perks such as ration, clothing, medical facilities, accommodation, CSD (Canteen) facilities, leave (60 days annual and 30 days casual or as per the terms and condition at the time of enrolment in a calendar year as a privilege, subject to service exigencies), Recreational facilities, Transport facility for school going children and Leave Travel Concession (LTC) shall also be provided as per the existing rules. Also, Group Insurance Cover of Rs. 50 Lakhs at a premium of Rs. 3200/- per month for all airmen.
With time and experience, Airmen get promoted to higher ranks during their tenure in the Indian Air Force. Serving Airmen can apply for selection as a Pilot in the Flying Branch if he is within the age group of 19 to 24 years. In addition, Serving Airmen can also apply for the post of Ground Duty Branches as an Officer (other than Medical).
The promotion policy in Indian Air Force is based on the following Criterion:
- Annual Appraisal Report (AAR):
The Annual Appraisal Report is the report that is compiled for each personnel of Airmen by his Superior Officer under whom he works.
- Promotion Exams:
In addition to AAR, the Airmen also need to clear promotional exams. These exams are necessary to the promotion of Airmen. These exams test the knowledge of Airmen on Indian Air Force Laws & Service Practices, Administration, Military History, and Professional Knowledge.
- Minimum service:
Minimum Service is also a criterion for the promotion. An Airman needs to complete a minimum tenure of service in order to be eligible for the promotion. Below is minimum tenure on needs to do in order be eligible for promotion:
|Rank||Min Length of Service|
|Leading Aircraftsman to Corporal||5 Years|
|Corporal to Sergeant||13 Years 6 months|
|Sergeant to Junior Warrant Officer||17 Years|
|Junior Warrant Officer to Warrant Officer||23 Years|
|Warrant Officer to Master Warrant Officer||28 Years|
The Salary Split with each rank is shown below:
|Rank of Airmen (Promotional Vertical)||Pay Matrix Level||Starting Basic Pay||Military Service Pay (MSP)|
|Aircraftsman||3||Rs. 21,700||Rs. 5,200|
|Leading Aircraftsman||3||Rs. 21,700||Rs. 5,200|
|Corporal||4||Rs. 25,500||Rs. 5,200|
|Sergeant||5||Rs. 29,200||Rs. 5,200|
|Junior Warrant Officer||6||Rs. 35,400||Rs. 5,200|
|Warrant Officer||7||Rs. 44,900||Rs. 5,200|
|Master Warrant Officer||8||Rs. 47,600||Rs. 5,200|