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    Proposed Military Pay Charts for 2017
    The Whitehouse sent letter to Congress recommending a 1.6% military pay raise. Congress has taken no action on anything higher.
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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.

Military Pay Charts

President Obama signed the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes a 1.3 percent increase in military pay for 2016. The military pay tables below apply to active members of the Navy, Marines, Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

The calculator above (and related tables below) reflect 2016 monthly pay based on the 1.3 percent pay raise, which is effective as of January 1, 2016. This pay increase will be reflected in your January 15 paycheck.

Factors That Affect Military Pay

  • The Annual Pay Raise
  • Longevity raises virtually every 2 years (based on the number of years in service)
  • Promotions
  • Number of Drill Periods (Guard and Reserve only)
  • Basic Allowance for Housing Increases: BAH (based on location)
  • Basic Allowance for Subsistence Increases: BAS 
  • Cost of Living Allowance Increases: COLA (based on location)
  • And Special Pay(s) (based on occupations: Language Skills, Combat, Flight, Hazardous Duty)

Proposed Pay Charts:

House lawmakers have released a proposal for troops to receive a 2.1 percent pay raise in 2017. The White House has already requested a 1.6 percent pay raise for 2017, which is higher than 1.3 percent increase received by troops in 2016, but lower than the 2.1 percent raise that would match private-sector wage growth.

2017 Proposed Pay Chart based on 2.1% pay increase

2017 Proposed Pay Chart based on 1.6% pay increase

Current Pay Charts:

Tables: 2016 Active Duty Pay Charts
Tables: 2016 Drill Pay Charts

To calculate your complete military pay, including base pay, BAH and other special pays, use the Military Pay Calculator.

Prior Pay Charts:

2015 Active Duty Pay Charts
2015 Drill Pay Charts
2014 Active Duty Pay Charts
2014 Reserve/Guard Pay Charts
2013 Active Duty Pay Charts
2013 Reserve/Guard Pay Charts
2012 Active Duty Military Pay Chart
2012 Guard and Reserve Drill Pay Charts 
Historical Pay Charts Dating Back to 1949


Military Pay And Allowances

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    Military Salary - Pay Overview
    The military compensation system has over 70 separate types of pay and allowances -- that's a lot to keep track of.
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    Reserve Pay Overview
    If you're serving in the Reserves, you receive regular drill pay and other pay benefits.
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    National Guard Pay Overview
    If you're serving as a member of the National Guard, you're eligible for regular drill pay and might qualify for some special pays
  • There are many financial considerations when planning for retirement
    Military Retired Pay Overview
    The military retirement system is arguably the best one around, but proper planning is needed to ensure you can retire comfortably
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    Historical Military Pay Rates
    The Defense Finance Accounting and Service (DFAS) maintains an archive of historical pay charts dating back to 1949.
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