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Military Pay Charts

Military budgets operate off of the "fiscal year," which runs from 1 October to 30 September. For example, Fiscal Year 2006 is from 1 October 2005 to 30 September 2006.

However, that does not mean that military pay changes occur at that time.

Due to the wording that Congress uses in the annual Military Appropriations Act, and the Military Authorization Act, most military pay increases do not begin until the beginning of the calendar year (i.e., January 1st).

The Military Appropriations Act reserves (allocates) money for the Department of Defense. The Military Authorization Act tells DOD how to spend the money.

If you are an experienced soldier and you are considering pursuing a career in a new location, you will want to do research comparing military salaries in different states. You may also be interested in changing your military specialty in hopes of improving your pay. It's prudent for you to take advantage of the Salary Comparison Tool and search the Highest Average Salaries in military field

What Congress Has in Store for You
Base Pay
Annual Salary Charts
 What Congress Has in Store for You
The military pay has various significant components that add up the total monthly salary.
 Base Pay
Payment will be made the working day prior if tde 1st or 15td fall on a weekend or national holiday.
 Annual Salary Charts
The charts include base pay, average housing allowance, monetary food allowance, and the "tax advantage".
Enlistment & Reenlistment Bonuses
Sea Pay
Jump Pay
 Enlistment & Reenlistment Bonuses
The military services offer a variety of enlistment bonuses to attract new recruits.
 Sea Pay
Military members performing sea duty are entitled to an extra monthly pay, it extra pay is called "Sea Pay".
 Jump Pay
Military members who are required to jump as part of their military duties are entitled to a special kind of pay.
Flight Pay
Combat Zone
Retirement Pay
 Flight Pay
There are two types of "flight pay" for enlisted members and one type of flight pay authorized for commissioned officers.
 Combat Zone
A member assigned to or deployed to a combat zone receives "combat pay" (officially called "immiment danger pay").
 Retirement Pay
A military member who retires at 20 years of service receives 50 percent of his/her monthly base pay.