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    Proposed Military Pay Charts for 2017
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    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
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    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
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    The following is a summary of what you need to know regarding Military Retirement pay benefits.
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    Military Reserve Retirement
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    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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    COLA for Retired Pay
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    Each year military retirees receive a Cost of Living Adjustment to their retirement pay. The increase is based on inflation rates.

Military Salary - Pay Overview

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The military compensation system has over 70 separate types of pay and allowances -- that's a lot to keep track of. Fortunately everything you need to know from Basic Pay, to special pay and allowances (even retired pay) can be found right here.

Fortunately everything you need to know about the military compensation system including:

In general annual military pay raises are linked to the increase in civilian wages. However current laws governing annual pay raises no longer guarantee that military pay will be automatically set above civilian average pay increases.

Check out the Military Pay Charts page to see this year's pay and allowances.

Factors That Affect Your Pay

Did you know, in addition to advancement and promotion, the following factors will influence your pay?

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

If you are transferring you can bet that your BAH and COLA will probably change.

Find Your Military Pay Chart Now

Active Duty: Active Duty Pay Charts
Guard and Reserve:
 Guard and Reserve Drill Pay Charts
Historical Pay Charts: Military Pay Charts Dating Back to 1949
Retiree: Retired Pay Overview
Military Retiree Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA): Retiree COLA
Disabled Veteran: Disabled Veteran Benefits Overview

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