Types of Military Pay

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Military Pay is based on a service members pay-grade, length of service, duties,and location. This section includes articles describing each of the types of military pay and how they are calculated.

Types of Military Pay

Basic Pay
Basic Military Pay or "base pay" is the standard amount of compensation for service members based on each individual pay grade.
Reserve & Guard Pay
The compensation for being in the Army or Air National Guard or in a Reserve unit is less than full-time pay since the commitment is only on weekends. Read about Guard and Reserve Pay.
Special Pay
Special Military Pay is compensation added to basic pay benefits and allowances that may include incentive pay based on specific career field or location.
Military Retirement Pay
Military retirement pay is one of the top three benefits of military service along with medical and other benefits. Also, all military retirements are protected from inflation by annual Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs), based on changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) as measured by the Department of Labor. 
Military Veteran Pay
American military veterans are eligible for a large array of benefits. The challenge is in knowing eligibility and application requirements.
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2020 Military Pay Charts

Check out the 2020 US military pay scale charts for all ranks for active duty, as well as Reserve and Guard components.