Military Pay

2025 NDAA Draft Includes Major Pay Raise For Junior Troops

The House Armed Services Committee has presented a draft of the 2025 National Defense Authorization Act that includes a proposed 4.5% pay raise for military members and a proposed 15% pay increase for junior enlisted members. While some military publications breathlessly report this possible 19%-plus military pay raise, it’s crucial to remember that in this… Read more »

Military Pay and Allowances Explained

Military Pay and Allowances Explained To understand military pay and allowances,  you must first understand Basic Pay. Military members are offered Basic Pay for their time served, this is the salary for those in uniform. Most other payments above and beyond Basic Pay are either “special pay”, allowances, “incentive pay” or similar. Basic Pay does… Read more »

2023 National Defense Authorization Act

Find out what’s in the latest version of the 2023 NDAA. Find military pay raises, new BAH, commissary subsidies, and inflation-fighting measures.

Guard / Reserve Retirement

Retirement Pay for Guard and Reserve Members

If you are in the National Guard or the Reserve, you earn points toward retirement while serving part-time and when called to active service. You qualify for military retirement as a member of a Reserve Component once you have reached 20 creditable years of military service. What does it take to make it to retirement… Read more »

continuation pay

Blended Retirement System Continuation Pay: What is it?

What is Continuation Pay in the Blended Retirement System? One of the key features of the “new” Blended Retirement System (BRS) is a feature called continuation pay. In short, continuation pay is a bonus-like payment given mid-career, for those enrolled in the BRS, in exchange for adding more years to their service. BRS Broken Down… Read more »