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2015 Military Pay Charts

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President Obama signed the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act which includes a 1 percent increase in military pay for 2015. The military pay scales below apply to active members of the Navy, Marines, Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard. The linked tables reflect 2015 monthly pay based on the 1 percent pay raise, which is effective as of January 1, 2015. Tables: 2015 Active Duty Pay Charts Tables: 2015 Drill Pay Charts Prior Pay Charts: ... more

Clothing Allowances

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To help pay for a member's uniform and other clothing costs, you may be given a clothing allowance (if appropriate clothing is not furnished). It is Department of Defense policy that the quantities and kinds of items of individual clothing to be furnished shall be prescribed by the respective Service Secretary or the Commandant of the Marine Corps under the parameters set by the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Management Policy). The fol... more

Thrift Savings Plan

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a Federal Government-sponsored retirement savings and investment plan. Congress established the TSP in the Federal Employees' Retirement System Act of 1986. The purpose of the TSP is to provide retirement income. The TSP is a defined contribution plan. The retirement income that you receive from your TSP account will depend on how much you have contributed to your account during your working years and the earn... more

Military Travel and Per Diem Rates


Per Diem is a daily allotment to reimburse servicemembers for the out-of-pocket cost of food, lodging and incidental expenses that occur while on military business or temporary assigned duty (TDY or TAD) away from their home station. Per Diem sets the limit to how much a servicemember can be reimbursed for meals and lodging. The following is a summary of how the Per Diem works: The Per Diem Allowance Each year the DoD Per Diem, Travel and Tr... more

Taxable Income From Retired Pay

Retired pay, like other income, is subject to Federal income taxation unless wholly or partially exempted by statute. The Defense Finance and Accounting Service in Cleveland (DFAS-CL) computes the amount to be withheld from retired pay and withholds this amount. Every year, no later than the 25th of January, DFAS-CL will send you an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 1099-R which will show all the taxable retired pay paid and the amount of ta... more

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