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    Proposed Military Pay: Charts
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    The military is looking at a potential 2.1% pay raise for 2017.
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    2017 Military Pay Charts
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    Check out the 2017 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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    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.
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    Military Reserve Retirement
    Military.com
    National Guard & Reserve members who complete a minimum 20 qualifying years of service become eligible for retired pay at age 60.

Reserve Pay Overview

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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 4 Drill Periods for pay purposes. Check out the Drill Pay Charts to see how much you could earn each month.

If you are activated (placed on active duty) your pay will change from "drill pay" to the same monthly pay structure as your active duty counterparts. Check out the Active Duty Pay Calculator to see how much you would earn each month while on active duty. In addition, you may also qualify for special pay, health care and education benefits - including the GI Bill.

If you are not a member of the reserve click here to get the scoop on joining the Military Reserve.

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