Military Pay

Special Pay Overview

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In addition to military basic pay, benefits, and allowances, members of the armed forces may also receive special pays and incentive pays depending on their career field or location. Special pays include hardship duty pay, foreign language pay, sea pay, special assignment pay, and flight pay. Unlike military allowances, special pay is ta... more

National Guard Pay Overview

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If you're serving in the Army or Air National Guard, you're devoting weekends and special training sessions to our country's military - and in return, you receive regular drill pay and other pay benefits. Here you'll find everything you need to know about your military pay benefits. Make sure you're getting everything you've earned. If you are ... more

House Votes for Biggest Pay Raise in 5 Years

The House of Representatives passed their version of the 2016 defense budget (H.R. 1735), which includes plans to give service members a 2.3 percent pay increase for 2016. The increase is 1.3 percent greater than last year and would be the largest military pay raise in since 2010. The Senate, however, voted to stick with the WH request for a 1.3... more

Senate Kills Commissary Plan, Keeps BAH Cuts

The Senate voted to kill a plan hatched by its armed services committee to privatize five large commissary stores to test the concept of commercial grocers running base stores to save defense dollars. However, they did allow a plan to remain that could sharply reduce Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) paid to more than 40,000 "dual service" coupl... more

Deep Divides in Defense Bills

The House and Senate released their versions of the FY 2016 defense bill. The House passed its version of the defense bill (H.R. 1735) the same day the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) completed its mark-up (S. 1376). The two bills show divides on military compensation and benefits. Learn more from MOAA about what's at stake in this year'... more

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