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    2016 Military Pay Charts
    Check out the 2016 US military pay scale charts for all ranks for active duty, as well as Reserve and Guard components.
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    The Military Retirement System
    The following is a summary of what you need to know regarding Military Retirement pay benefits.
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    Basic Allowance for Housing Rates
    Each year the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is updated to meet current housing costs in military housing areas (MHAs).
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    Military Reserve Retirement
    National Guard & Reserve members who complete a minimum 20 qualifying years of service become eligible for retired pay at age 60.
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    Computing Retired Military Pay
    There are various provisions of law under which the computation may be made, but retired pay is generally computed either on le...

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Waive Your Military Retirement to Receive Civil Service Retirement Pay


You cannot receive credit for any military service in your CSRS or FERS retirement computation if you are receiving military retired pay, unless you were awarded the retired pay: For a service-connected disability either incurred in combat with an enemy of the United States or caused by an instrumentality of war and incurred in the line of duty during a period of war, or Under the provisions of Chapter 1223, Title 10, U.S.C. (perta... more

Questions About Pay

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Military Pay Agency Addresses Have a general question about active duty or retired pay rates? Check with the relevant agencies listed below. Be aware that if you call the toll-free telephone numbers, you may have long waits. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps: Defense Finance and Accounting Service Cleveland Center/ROCAD P.O. Box 99191 Cleveland, OH 44199-2058 Telephone numbers (toll free): 888-DFAS411 (888-332-7411) 800-321-10... more

Waiver of Retired Pay

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Under certain circumstances a military retiree may choose to waive part or all of their military retirement pay. A waiver is the relinquishment of all or a portion of one benefit to qualify for another benefit. Veterans frequently waive only so much of their retired pay as is equal to the amount of VA disability compensation to which they are entitled. Since this compensation is not taxable but retired pay from the Armed Forces based on age or... more

Video Helps Retirees Avoid Owing Back Taxes


According to the IRS, almost half of the unpaid taxes owed by current and retired federal employees are owed by retired military servicemembers. Most often, this is because these retirees don't know enough about their tax obligations. For this reason, the Armed Forces Tax Council, the American Bar Association and the Internal Revenue Service produced a 13-minute information video outlining steps you can take to ensure you don't end up having ... more

The Military Retirement System (Part 2)

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In Part One we looked the basics of each retirement system. In this article we'll break it down and provide you with some basic comparisons to assist you in making what could be the "choice of a lifetime." Eligiblity: If you entered the service after August 1986 you are eligible to choose either the High 36 retirement system, or the Career Status Bonus/REDUX (CSB) retirement system. If you decline to make a choice you will automatically rece... more

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