Monday, April 30, 2018

A to Z Challenge - Z is for Z Military Pay

Yes, I'm cheating. Shhhhhh.  Don't tell anyone.  As per comment from yesterday's Y post from Colin, Z is for Zoiks! I get paid how much?!  So I'm not cheating =)

Basic Pay is given to active duty military servicemembers on a monthly basis. It is determined by pay grade and length of time in military service. Basic Pay, also known as Base Pay, is the same for all the services.

In 2018, military basic pay increased 2.4%.

In addition to Basic Pay, each servicemember qualifies [or may qualify, depending on other factors] for:

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) - based on duty location, pay grade, and dependency status. BAH provides equitable housing compensation based on housing costs in local civilian housing markets.  It is payable when government housing is not provided.

Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) - a continuation of the military tradition of providing room and board (or rations) as part of a servicemember's pay.  Since January 1, 2002 most enlisted members get full BAS, but they must pay for their own meals, even those provided by the government.

Current BAS Rates:
Enlisted: $369.39 per month
Officers: $254.39 per month

Other types of incentive and special pay: -Assignment Incentive Pay

-Aviation Career Pay
-Career Sea Pay
-Diving Duty Pay
-Foreign Language Proficiency Pay
-Hardship Duty Pay
-High Deployment Allowance
-Hostile Fire/Imminent Danger Pay
-Judge Advocate Continuation Pay
-Overseas Extension Pay

-Sea Duty Pay
-Special Pay: Dental Officers
-Special Pay: Medical Officers
-Special Pay: Nurse Corps
-Special Pay: Optometrists
-Special Pay: Pharmacy Officers
-Special Pay: Veterinarians
-Submarine Duty Pay

My son enlisted in January 2013 at E-3 [he enlisted at E-3 instead of E-1 because he was an Eagle Scout].  In 2013, E-1 starting basic pay was $1,403 per month.  His E-3 starting basic pay was $1,788 per month.  So being an Eagle Scout was worth $385 per month!

My son “retired” from active duty in January 2018 at the rank of E-5 with over 4 years of service.  His ending basic pay was $2,733 per month.

A brand new commissioned officer at O-1 would be paid $3,108 per month in 2018.

More information:

That's it for another year of the A to Z Challenge.  Thank you for visiting and leaving comments.  Did you make it all the way through?  Did you enjoy it?  I enjoyed having you =)

The last post of the A to Z Challenge 2018 will be a Reflections post on Monday May 7.  Come back and visit.  Thank you!


  1. It's crazy how little enlisted members of the military make. Well done on making it to Z and thanks for sharing all of your military knowledge. I learned a lot.

    1. Especially considering they don't work just 9-5!

  2. We'll let you have this one :) Well done on all the great and informative posts. Thank you for all the visits you made to my blog, they are greatly appreciated.
    Best wishes,
    Tasha's Thinkings - Movie Monsters

  3. Congrats on making it to the end of the challenge. It was fun to learn more about the military through your posts. Weekends In Maine

  4. Clever way of getting around the tricky Z post, Dena. congrats on making it all the way through the alphabet - I've enjoyed reading your posts =)

    1. Yeah I used EX for X and Colin's Zoiks for Z. Either I'm clever or lazy LOL. Congrats to you too!