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Adoption Expenses Reimbursement

In this June 18, 2014 photo, Army Sgt. LaQuisha Gallmon, right, reads a letter from the Veterans Affairs Depart, as she holds her 2-month-old Abbagayle in Greenville, S.C. (Richard Shiro/AP)

Active duty members and reservists may be eligible for reimbursement of up to $2,000 for adoption expenses for a child under the age of 18. Adoption expenses may be reimbursed for: the adoption of a child under the age of 18; an adoption by a single person; an infant adoption, an inter-country adoption; an adoption of a child with special needs and stepchildren adopted by the military member. Adoptions qual... more

Proposed Military Pay Charts for 2016

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The White House and Senate FY 2016 budget proposals include a 1.3 percent increase in military pay for 2016. But,the U.S. House of Representatives has proposed a 2.3 percent increase in their FY 2016 defense budget. One of the two proposed increase in military monthly pay, once agreed to by Congress and signed into law by the President, would go into effect on January 1, 2016. To see the two proposed 2016 pay rates, visit the Pay... more

Military Retired Pay Overview

There are many financial considerations when planning for retirement

The military (active duty) retirement system is arguably the best retirement deal around. Unlike most retirement plans, the Armed Forces offer a pension (technically a "reduced compensation for reduced services.") with benefits, that start the day you retire, no matter how old you are. That means you could start collecting a regular retirement pension as early as 37 years old. What's more, that pension check can grow with a cost of living adju... more

Reserve Drill Pay Calculator

To figure out your drill payment: 1. Select your pay grade. 2. Select your minimum Time in Service. 3. Select your number of drill periods (one drill period is four hours). 4. Click on the "Submit" button to find out how much you should be paid. You can hit the "Reset" button at any time if you make a mistake. Typically, one drill weekend includes four drill periods. For example an E-1 with less than 2 years of service will earn $46.6... more

2015 Military Pay Charts

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Update: Proposed 2016 Guard and Reserve drill pay charts are now available. Visit the Drill Pay page for more details. 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. Now available: The Military Pay App. has launched a new app that allows ... more

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