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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

  • 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

  • Reserve Pay Overview

    Members of the National Guard or Selected Reserve, devote one weekend each month, extended training periods and serve the war effort by augmenting the active-duty U.S.  military. In return Guard and reserve members receive regular drill pay and other benefits. If you are serving as a member of the National Guard or Selected Reserve, you are eligible for regular drill pay, and might qualify for some special pays. Each "Drill Weekend" counts as... more

  • 2015 Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA)

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    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. 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 ... 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

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