Military Pay

Air Force Announces More Re-Enlistment Bonuses for Expanding Force

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The Air Force has roughly tripled the number of job specialties for which it is offering reenlistment bonuses in 2016, adding to last year's list of almost entirely combat-specific career fields roles intended to meet demands of a growing force. The service is adding several thousand more airmen to 2016 accessions, but it needs to ensure things... more

Carter Seeks 1.6% Pay Increase, Funds to Counter Russia and China

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The Pentagon's $582.7 billion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017 includes a modest 1.6 percent pay increase, more funding to counter ISIS, Russia and China, and projects to develop an "arsenal plane" and swarming "microdrones" while keeping the A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft in the inventory. In an address Tuesday to the Economic Club o... more

Cost of Living Allowances Rising in Germany, Turkey

Clara Pintagro, a 21st Theater Sustainment Command family member, shops for groceries Jan. 30, 2016 at the Vogelweh commissary. (U.S. Army)

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- The cost-of-living allowance paid to U.S. troops in Germany and Turkey is going up by as much as 100 percent starting with the Feb. 15 paycheck, despite a stronger dollar. The COLA adjustments, which are posted on the Pentagon's Defense Travel Management Office website, show across-the-board increases for most loc... more

The Military Retirement System

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If you are considering making the military a career — or you have already made that decision, and just want to know more about your benefits — then this will be of special interest to you. This article looks at the current Military Retirement Systems and the choices facing most today's active duty members. The following is a summary of what you... more

Special Pay Overview


Military Special Pay Overview In addition to the your basic pay benefits and allowances, you may receive special pays and incentive pays depending on your career field or location-even when you first join the military. Servicemembers can qualify for additional or "special" pay due to their qualifications, assignments and certain skills. For ex... more

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