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  • Combat Zone Tax Exclusions

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    If you are a member of the U.S. Armed Forces who serves in a combat zone (defined below), you can exclude certain pay from your income when determining your taxes. The following is a summary of combat zone tax exclusions: What Can be Excluded Partial (Month) Service Definition of Combat Zone Designated Combat Zones Serving in a Combat Zone Nonqualifying Presence in Combat Zone Qualifying Service Outside Com... more

  • Frequently Asked Questions About BAH

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    Basic Allowance For Housing is a tax-free monthly monetary allowance for servicemembers who are not provided government housing. Now available: The Military Pay App. has launched a new app that allows you instantaneous access to information about your pay and allowances from your mobile device. Get the free app for Android or iOS. 1.  Who is eligible for BAH? A member assigned to permanent duty within the 50 United States, who ... more

  • Legion Disappointed With 1-Percent Pay Cap

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    The American Legion's new national commander, Michael D. Helm, took issue with President Barack Obama's support for a 1-percent pay raise in 2015 for members of the armed forces. Elected for a one-year term during the Legion's 96th Annual National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., last month, Helm expressed disappointment over the paltry pay increase. "With a war in Afghanistan, boots back on the ground in Iraq, and ISIS on the loose in the Mid... more

  • Military Pay Charts

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    Military pay charts for 2016 have been officially released. You can find them on this page. The official military pay increase for 2016 is set at 1.3 percent. The increase will go into effect on January 1, 2016. To see the two proposed 2016 pay rates, visit the Pay Chart page, which also includes current pay rates for 2015. To calculate your military pay for this year, visit the Pay Calculator page. Download Milit... more

  • Guard and Reserve Deployment: Pay Benefits

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    Basic Pay: All servicemembers receive basic pay. It is the bulk of their pay, and it is based on rank and length of service. As a member of the Guard or reserve your basic pay is based on your paygrade and the number of drill periods (4 hours each) you serve each month. Regular weekend drills are paid on a 2 drill period per day basis. So each full weekend drill is actually worth 4 drill periods.  See the Reserve Drill Pay Calculator for mor... more

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