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2015 Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA)

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As a servicemember, you can expect to be stationed virtually anywhere in the country. During your career, you are likely to be assigned to a variety of low-, moderate- and high-cost locations. Although private sector pay often reflects the local cost-of-living, military basic pay tables do not vary based on location. To help offset the effects of higher cost areas, military servicemembers may be eligible for a Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA). ... more

Basic Allowance for Housing Rates

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The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is based on geographic duty location, pay grade, and dependency status. The intent of BAH is to provide uniformed servicemembers accurate and equitable housing compensation based on housing costs in local civilian housing markets, and is payable when government quarters are not provided. Each year the BAH tables are released between December 15 and January 1. Current BAH Rates: The overall average milit... more

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

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