2023 National Defense Authorization Act

NDAA 2023 Sent to President’s Desk for Signature to Become Law

The 2023 annual defense bill, formally known as the National Defense Authorization Act of 2023, arrives at the President’s desk more than two months after the beginning of the new fiscal year.

Some sources note that Congress typically signs a defense budget roughly a month and two weeks late, but 2023 carried some additional baggage in the form of a debate over whether U.S. troops should be subject to a COVID-19 vaccine mandate or not. Delays were likely inevitable thanks to some of the disagreements surrounding key provisions of the legislation.

Some of the difficulty in passing the defense budget had to do with non-defense measures included in the legislation. Negotiating, modifying, or eliminating some of those made passage of the budget tougher. And it wasn’t just the non-defense issues that needed debating.

Also at issue–how much to raise military benefits in light of rising housing and food costs. When the dust finally settled on the details of the 2023 NDAA, some of the most critical details to make it into the final version of this budget include:

Overall Defense Budget

$817 billion overall for the Department of Defense, $45 billion more than the original budget request.

Military Pay Raise

A 4.6% pay raise for military and DoD civilians said to be the largest in two decades.

COVID Vaccine Mandate Eliminated

Elimination of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Basic Allowance for Housing Increase

An increase in the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) by 2%.

Basic Needs Allowance

An increase in the eligibility for the new Basic Needs Allowance. Families were limited to an income of 130% above federal poverty guidelines; the qualifying threshold is now increased to 150%, allowing more needy military families to qualify.

Keeping Food Prices Low for Military Families

Increased Commissary funding and subsidies to keep food prices low for military families.

Child Care Reimbursement for PCS Moves

Creation of a pilot program that would offer child care cost reimbursement associated with permanent change of station moves.

 

Additional 2023 NDAA Provisions

These are not the only provisions of the 2023 NDAA, but they are among the most significant where military benefits are concerned. Other topics addressed in the budget:

  • Suicide prevention among military members.
  • Reimbursement for PCS-related pet expenses.
  • Increases maximum amounts for bonuses, special pay, and similar incentives.
  • Provisions for “targeted recruitment incentives.”
  • Expands the scope of spouse licensing/business reimbursement associated with PCS moves.
  • Creates an open season during the calendar year 2023 for eligible retired or separated service members to opt-in/out of the Survivor Benefit Plan.
  • Authorizes a servicemember whose sole dependent dies “to continue to receive Basic Allowance for Housing” at the with dependents rate “for a period up to 365 days after the death of the dependent.”
  • Creates a pilot program to hire special education inclusion coordinators at base Child Development Centers with a high population of military children enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program.

Non-Benefit Related Details of the NDAA

There are plenty of other non-benefit details of the 2023 NDAA. One of the most serious, along with aid for Ukraine, defense measures for Taiwan, and other ongoing concerns?

Inflation. The 2023 NDAA contains billions of dollars meant to counter the effects of inflation on the United States Defense Department:

  • $12.6 billion to counter the effects of inflation on military spending.
  • $3.8 billion to counter inflation in military construction projects.
  • $2.5 billion to fight inflation related to fuel purchases.

Election Security Report in NDAA

One interesting detail of the 2023 NDAA: a provision requiring “a biennial, unclassified report through the 2032 election cycle on CYBERCOM efforts to ensure election security and counter election threats.”

Latest on NDAA

At press time, the 2023 NDAA has passed the House and Senate and has been sent to the president’s desk for signature. The President of the United States is required to sign the NDAA into law.

Alternatively, the president has the option to veto the bill and send it back to Congress, which may need to revise parts of the bill or even consider starting the process all over again (however unlikely that may be).

Some worry that this could happen as a result of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate being struck from the act, but some White House sources note that the President will review “the whole bill” and not just select portions of it. The President may sign the bill and move on, in spite of the worries over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate issue. If so, the authorizations are passed into law.

The bill remains unsigned at press time, but that may change at any time.

 

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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 as a Reservist or National Guard member? Putting in enough creditable time, which is associated with certain types of duty (not all) which may earn points toward retirement.

There are circumstances where you may be placed on a Guard or Reserve retired list due to an injury or disability even if you have not reached 20 creditable years, but these situations are handled on a case-by-case basis and you will need to discuss your circumstances with your command support staff, First Sergeant, Command Sergeant Major, Detailer, etc.

In cases where you must appeal a decision in this area, you may need to submit supporting documentation to your command, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and other authorities.

Who Is Eligible For Guard/ Reserve Retirement?

In order to be approved for retirement pay in the Guard or Reserve, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be age 60 or older.
  • You do not receive military retired pay through any other means.
  • You have completed at least 20 years of qualifying military service.

If you earned your 20th qualifying year before April 26, 2005, federal law mandates that you must serve the last six years of qualifying service as a member of a Reserve component. There is no minimum service requirement established for those who earned their points after April 26, 2005.

What Counts As Qualifying Military Service

The only type of service that counts toward Guard and Reserve retirement is known as “uniformed service”, which means you must be an officer or enlisted member of a Reserve Component like the Air Force Reserve, state National Guard, Army Reserve, etc. Working in any civilian capacity does not count toward military retirement.

It’s not just the nature of your military commitment, you must also earn enough points toward retirement in a given year to have that year count as a  “creditable retirement year” which is defined in a very specific way. How do you earn points? In a variety of ways including:

  • Active duty and active duty for training is worth one point per day.
  • Being on active status of a reserve component is worth 15 points for each year.
  • Authorized drills earn one point per drill.
  • Funeral Honor Duty earns one point per incident of service.

Rack up enough points and you earn a creditable year toward your military retirement as a member of the Guard or Reserve.

What is a Creditable Year?

A creditable year is defined as one where you earn 50 retirement points or more. How are these points awarded? Retirement points that are awarded for things other than active duty service count, but they are capped:

  • 60 points maximum for qualifying service before 23 September 1996,
  • 75 points maximum between 23 September 1996 and 30 October 2000,
  • 90 points maximum between 30 October 2000 and 29 January 2008,
  • 130 points maximum for 29 January 2008 and beyond.

Your points and the rules for them may have some variation depending on whether you serve in the Guard or Reserve, and may also depend on which branch of military service you do your Reserve or Guard duty in.

What Happens When You Earn Enough Points To Retire?

Once you have completed 20 creditable years of military service, you are provided written notice in the form of a document called a Notice Of Eligibility or NOE.

Some states may call this something else when notifying members of the National Guard, but the bottom line is that you are notified that you have become eligible to claim your military retirement. When you get this notification you cannot be denied retirement pay when you hit age 60 even if there was an error (in your favor) in the recordkeeping. There is one exception in cases where there has been fraud committed in this area by the service member.

The NOE is often referred to in certain circles as a 20-year letter, and from time to time some who have earned the letter do not receive it.

If this applies to you and you have a full 20 years of qualifying military service, you must write to your branch of the service to formally request the letter. You can get help from your command support staff to direct the message. Help may also be available from your unit orderly room, First Sergeant, Detailer, or Sergeant Major.

When Do I Start Getting Guard/Reserve Retirement Pay?

As mentioned above, Guard and Reserve pay does not start until you reach the eligible age and you MUST apply for retirement pay. You will likely be approved for your first National Guard retirement check Or Reserve retirement pay 30 days after your 60th birthday. If you had a delay in applying and didn’t “drop papers” until after you turned 60, your pay is awarded retroactively to the date of your 60th birthday.

You do NOT have unlimited time to claim your retirement. There is a six-year window of opportunity to apply, and a retirement claim filed after that six years means you lose a day’s pay for each day of delay.

A Word About “Gray Area” Retirees

A gray area retiree is someone who has served enough creditable time in the Guard or Reserve but is not old enough to draw retirement pay yet. Those who reach this gray area may stop drilling, join the Retired Reserve and wait out the interval between retiring and drawing retired pay. If this applies to you, one of the most important things to do after hitting the gray area is to maintain current contact information in DEERS and with your command support staff. If the military cannot locate you to send you your Notice of Eligibility, you may experience a delay in getting your benefits.

Things To Know About Retiring From The Guard Or Reserve

Not all military retirements are the same. In addition to serving 20 years of creditable service, some Reserve Component members may qualify for military retirement due to a disability. If you retire with a VA disability rating of 30 or higher, you qualify for disability retirement pay. To qualify for this, you must serve a minimum of eight years and your injury or disability must be service-connected. There are two different types of disability retirement that may apply in such cases:

Permanent disability retirement is typically offered when you retire with a 30% disability rating or better. VA ratings are determined by a “schedule” of disability ratings and you may find that certain conditions are capped no matter what degree of severity–for example, tinnitus is capped at 10%. No VA disability rating will exceed 100%.

Temporary disability retirement is offered in cases where a military member has a medical issue that prevents them from performing duty. Those who are placed on the temporary list are reevaluated every 18 months, but within five years a determination must be made to go on the permanent disability retirement list or come off the disability retirement list altogether.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has the final say in all cases, but that does not mean you cannot appeal a decision made about permanent or temporary disability retirement. You also have recourse to appeal a VA disability rating decision. If you need to appeal such a decision, be sure to gather any additional supporting evidence or documentation you might need to convince the VA to re-evaluate your claim.

Not all appeals are successful, but failing to appeal a VA decision could mean being stuck with the results of their original evaluation for the duration of your retirement unless circumstances change to allow you to apply for a new evaluation.

 

Military Benefits Offered During Basic Training

What military benefits are offered during basic training? If you are a new recruit and you’re wondering what to expect when you arrive in the training environment, keep reading. There are many benefits to be aware of. What follows are the benefits most commonly asked about–not all of those listed are accessible during initial training, but some definitely are available when in boot camp.

Military Pay And Allowances

Even though you are in a training environment, you still need to be paid for your time, which is why trainees are offered the base pay amount for the rank they enter the service with. This is typically the lowest rank (E-1 for enlisted members and O-1 for officers) but some enter the military with a higher rank because of past college credit or other factors. Some may attend basic training as an E-2 and therefore are offered higher base pay.

You begin earning the moment you start training, but depending on when your training phase begins your first paycheck may be delayed a week or two since the DoD pays military salaries twice a month on the 1st and 15th.

If you join the military as a parent or spouse, you may also be entitled to draw a family separation allowance if you are away for 30 days or longer. This is above and beyond base pay. What you won’t receive during basic training?

Proficiency pay, foreign language pay (even if you speak another language fluently), hazardous duty pay, or other options are offered to those who have made it to their first duty station and are settling into their jobs. These special pays require you to meet certain requirements to draw them.

When you arrive at Basic Training, you may be given a clothing allowance that pays for your initial supply of uniforms, boots, cold weather gear, and dress uniforms. This typically happens during the first week and some branches of service may provide another clothing allowance–or require you to use a portion of the original allowance–at a certain point toward the end of training.

Medical Care During Initial Training

Officer candidates and enlisted recruits alike attend their initial training in a closed environment. That means you do not have the freedom to come and go, on and off base, as though you were working a traditional job. That freedom comes after the initial and any advanced training are completed and you are given your first military duty station assignment.

While you are in the training environment, if you get sick or injured you are typically treated at the on-base or on-post military medical facility there unless that installation has an agreement with a local provider instead.

That may be fairly unusual for some installations but when a military base experiences renovations, construction projects, or other improvements some facilities might not be available and require the use of an alternative care provider. But how do you pay for this coverage? Do you pay for healthcare coverage while in basic training?

TRICARE During Basic Training

All recruits receive medical insurance coverage through TRICARE while in training. You cannot use any other insurance, and coverage/enrollment are automatic. Members of the Guard and Reserve are also covered during training periods.

What you need to know regardless of your Guard, Reserve, or Active Duty status is that while coverage is automatic, you are required to enroll in TRICARE at some point.

GI Bill Eligibility During Basic Training

Many newcomers to the uniformed services want to know how quickly they can access their GI Bill benefits.

Some want to attend college at some point after they have arrived at their first duty station, others are keen to get the clock ticking on their time-in-service requirements so they can transfer their GI Bill benefits to a spouse or dependent. But you are not eligible for the GI Bill while in initial training. Your minimum time-in-service requirements generally begin counting down toward eligibility once you have reached your first military duty station.

VA Loan Eligibility During Basic Training

Your ability to obtain a VA Certificate of Eligibility for a VA home loan requires you to have served a minimum time in uniform AFTER you have left the training environment for your first duty station.

Some new recruits with families want to get the VA loan process started as quickly as possible, but until you know where your first duty station is, buying a home is likely a bad idea anyway. It’s not safe to assume you won’t have an overseas base as your first assignment and using your VA loan benefits is only possible once you’ve put in the time-in-service at that first assignment.

Military Leave

All military members earn 2.5 days of leave or vacation each month. You cannot use leave during basic training no matter how long it takes you to get through it, but some branches of service authorize a certain amount of leave following basic training and/or initial training.

You can apply to take leave between your basic and advanced training, but depending on the branch of service you may be limited. It’s more likely you will be approved for leave between your initial/advanced training and the time you depart for your first military assignment.

Space-A Travel

In the same way you cannot use leave during your initial training, Space-A travel is not a realistic option for those who have not graduated and are working at their first duty station.

Space-A travel is an option where military members can sign up for free flights on military aircraft assuming there are seats available on the mission. Space-A travel makes it incredibly cheap to fly, but there are no guarantees you will get a seat and mission needs always come first.

Even if you are on leave between basic training and your advanced training, Space-A is not a good option. Newcomers to the system frequently struggle with it at first, and if you are on a short schedule where your military leave is concerned, it’s not safe to bet on.

All military members being assigned to their first duty station will have their transportation to that station paid for, but when you travel on leave at your leisure, you must pay those expenses.

The Bottom Line

Many of the benefits you can look forward to in your military career are offered only after you have graduated and made it through your technical training where applicable. There may be exceptions, but for those interested in the GI Bill, VA home loans, spouse tuition assistance, and other options must look to the future–using these benefits while you are still waiting for your first duty station assignment isn’t possible.

 

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

BRS went into effect in January 2018 and was a major change to the previous retirement system previously in place for service members. It came about from the blending of “the existing annuity provision for those who retire after 20 or more years of service, PLUS the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).”

Continuation Pay Summarized

As a part of the BRS, continuation pay was created as a direct cash payout to eligible members who have completed at least eight, but not more than 12 years of service – calculated from a servicemember’s Pay Entry Base Date (PEBD). The reason as to why it’s offered is easily explained through retention, “as a way to encourage Service members to continue serving.”

Who’s Eligible?

Most service members are eligible for continuation pay, but when it’s paid out and how much is given is determined through an individual’s branch of service. It is open to Active Duty, National Guard, and Reservists participating in the BRS who are capable of entering into an extension of their current obligated service. It comes in addition to any other career field specific incentives or retention bonuses. Those active duty service members, including Active Guard Reserve (AGR) and Full Time Support (FTS) who opt into BRS are authorized pay-rate multipliers of 2.5 to 13 times regular monthly base pay; Reservists are authorized 0.5 to 6 times their monthly base pay. You can find the Continuation Pay Rates Chart for 2022 here.

These multipliers can be variable, depending upon specific needs of an individual’s branch, critically manned positions, and special skills (comparable to stipulations for re-enlistment bonuses). Branch-Specific Continuation Pay Information:

AIR FORCE / ARMY / COAST GUARD / MARINES / NAVY

TSP Investing

As with other specialty pay and bonuses, continuation pay can be diverted as an investment into a TSP, bearing in mind the IRS’s maximum amounts allowed annually. While there are no matching contributions from the DOD specifically for invested continuation pay, this invested amount can affect other types of income that will be matched; hitting a maximum too quickly could affect other government automatic and matching contributions.

Additional Information

If interested in additional information about BRS and Continuation Pay, visit the following sites:

  • The Blended Retirement System (BRS) Continuation Pay Fact Sheet
  • Blended Retirement System (BRS) Website
  • Blended Retirement System (BRS) Calculator
  • IRS Contribution Limits Facts

 

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Financial Institutions Offering Early Direct Deposits for Military

Banks and Credit Unions That Make Early Deposits for Active Duty Military

As a standard rule, service members know their bi-weekly salary will get paid out on the 1st and 15th of every month. For instances when that date falls on a weekend, the pay gets moved to the closest weekday instead.

However, there are a number of banks and credit unions that offer early direct deposit of military pay as a benefit for their military clientele. These military-friendly financial institutions offer to distribute pay as early as three days in advance of the Defense Finance Accounting Service (DFAS) actually depositing these funds into their coffers.

Military Pay Calendar

Military Pay Dates

Pay Period Mid-month Pay Day LES*
Available
End-of-Month Pay Day LES*
Available
January Jan. 13 Jan. 6 Feb. 1 Jan. 25
February Feb. 15 Feb. 8 Mar. 1 Feb. 22
March Mar. 15 Mar. 8 Mar. 31 Mar. 24
April Apr. 14 Apr. 7 May 1 Apr. 24
May May 15 May 8 June 1 May 25
June June 15 June 8 June 30 June 23
July July 14 July 7 Aug 1 July 25
August Aug. 15 Aug. 8 Sept. 1 Aug. 25
September Sept. 15 Sept. 8 Sept. 29 Sept. 22
October Oct. 13 Oct. 6 Nov. 1 Oct. 25
November Nov. 15 Nov. 8 Dec. 1 Nov. 24
December Dec. 15 Dec. 8 Dec. 29 Dec. 22

* LES – Leave and Earnings Statements (for end-of-month and mid-month pay days)

These dates are applicable to all branches: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Space Force.

List of Banks or Financial Institutions with Early Deposit Dates for Military Pay

Though this is by no means a comprehensive list, it does hit on the most common military-friendly banks that offer early direct deposits (outside of USAA and NFCU). We are not endorsing these banks, simply providing information about their early depositing habits. If you don’t see your bank here, don’t be afraid to inquire if this is a service provided that just isn’t widely broadcasted.

Armed Forces Bank

The bank’s website clearly sets out the specifics for their Early Pay service: it is a “free, automatic direct deposit service” which is only offered to active duty or retired service members. Pay is available one business day before the standard payday and only on DFAS direct deposits; there are no other qualifying companies.

Armed Forces Bank Pay Dates

Pay Period First-of-Month Pay Day Pay Available Mid-Month Pay Day Pay Available
January 1/1 12/30 1/13 1/12
February 2/1 1/31 2/15 2/14
March 3/1 2/28 3/15 3/14
April 3/31 3/30 4/14 4/13
May 5/1 4/28 5/15 5/12
June 6/1 5/31 6/15 6/14
July 6/30 6/29 7/14 7/13
August 8/1 7/31 8/15 8/14
September 9/1 8/31 9/15 9/14
October 9/29 9/28 10/13 10/12
November 11/1 10/31 11/15 11/14
December 12/1 11/30 12/15 12/14

For more info, please visit their website.

Frontwave Credit Union

Frontwave Credit Union (formerly known as Pacific Marine Credit Union) calls its early pay program “Advance Pay.” They provide DFAS funds to military members two days before the actual payday.

For more info, please visit their website.

Langley Federal Credit Union

“Early Payday Deposit” from LangleyFCU is a member benefit advertised as the ability to receive direct deposited paychecks “up to 3 days earlier than other financial institutions.”

For more info, please visit their website.

NFCU

Navy Federal Credit Union Early Deposit Dates for Military Pay

Security Service Federal Credit Union – SSFCU

As the SSFCU website boasts “Your Money, No Wait.” They offer a free, expedited direct deposit service for active or retired military pay, which gets you access to pay anywhere from 1-3 days prior to payday. As soon as SSFCU receives information from DFAS, they immediately post it to their client’s accounts.

For more info, please visit their website.

Service Credit Union

Service Credit Union states that its Military Early Pay means service members “get paid up to 2 business days early,” pending the receival of DFAS data.

For more info, please visit their website.

USAA

USAA Early Deposit Dates for Military Pay

Other Banks That May Offer Early Direct Deposit for Military

A few additional banks that may offer early direct deposit options:

 

You may wonder why major national banks are missing from this list. One internet source reported that in their research, the following banks responded to inquiries about early pay programs as a benefit they do not offer. They stated that no funds are deposited prior to the date specifically indicated by an employer, in this case, DFAS:

  • Bank of America
  • BB&T
  • BECU
  • Capital One
  • Central Bank (including MetaBank)
  • Chase
  • Citibank
  • Citizens Bank
  • KeyBank
  • Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed)
  • PNC
  • Regions
  • SunTrust Bank
  • TD Bank
  • S. Bank
  • Wells Fargo

For a complete Pay Rate chart for Officers, Warrants, and Enlisted, visit DFAS

 

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2023 Military Pay Chart: Largest Pay Raise In a Decade

4.6% Military Pay Increase: 2023 Military Pay Charts

Here are the 2023 military pay charts for active service members.  The last time the military saw more than a 4.6% raise in base pay was in 2007, just before the financial crisis of 2008. Considering that America is dealing with inflation levels not seen since the 70s, the proposed pay raise would certainly help those families struggling with the spiking prices of food and fuel.

>> Click here to go to the 2023 Military Pay Charts

One thing to keep in mind is that this is simply a budget proposal from the executive branch of government. It does not mean that the pay raise is guaranteed. In fact, it could go up or down by the time it is approved.

2023 Military Pay Charts

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Enlisted: E-1 – E-3

2023 Military Pay Chart (4.6% Increase from 2022)

E-1 with less than 4 months = $1,695.00

 

YearsE-1E-2E-3
< 2$1,917.63$2,149.22$2,259.99
Over 2$1,917.63$2,149.22$2,402.14
Over 3$1,917.63$2,149.22$2,547.74
Over 4$1,917.63$2,149.22$2,547.74
Over 6$1,917.63$2,149.22$2,547.74
Over 8$1,917.63$2,149.22$2,547.74
Over 10$1,917.63$2,149.22$2,547.74
Over 12$1,917.52$2,149.22$2,547.74
Over 14$1,917.52$2,149.22$2,547.74
Over 16$1,917.52$2,149.22$2,547.74
Over 18$1,917.52$2,149.22$2,547.74
Over 20$1,917.52$2,149.22$2,547.74
Over 22$1,917.52$2,149.22$2,547.74
Over 24$1,917.52$2,149.22$2,547.74
Over 26$1,917.52$2,149.22$2,547.74
Over 28$1,917.52$2,149.22$2,547.74
Over 30$1,917.52$2,149.22$2,547.74
Over 32$1,917.52$2,149.22$2,547.74
Over 34$1,917.52$2,149.22$2,547.74
Over 36$1,917.52$2,149.22$2,547.74
Over 38$1,917.52$2,149.22$2,547.74
Over 40$1,917.52$2,149.22$2,547.74

 

Enlisted: E-4 – E-6

2023 Military Pay Chart (4.6% Increase from 2022)

YearsE-4E-5E-6
< 2$2,503.50$2,730.37$2,980.47
Over 2$2,631.53$2,914.26$3,279.84
Over 3$2,773.99$3,055.16$3,424.81
Over 4$2,914.89$3,199.19$3,565.40
Over 6$3,039.15$3,423.87$3,711.94
Over 8$3,039.15$3,658.59$4,042.06
Over 10$3,039.15$3,851.58$4,171.03
Over 12$3,039.15$3,874.80$4,419.87
Over 14$3,039.15$3,874.80$4,496.13
Over 16$3,039.15$3,874.80$4,551.36
Over 18$3,039.15$3,874.80$4,616.31
Over 20$3,039.15$3,874.80$4,616.31
Over 22$3,039.15$3,874.80$4,616.31
Over 24$3,039.15$3,874.80$4,616.31
Over 26$3,039.15$3,874.80$4,616.31
Over 28$3,039.15$3,874.80$4,616.31
Over 30$3,039.15$3,874.80$4,616.31
Over 32$3,039.15$3,874.80$4,616.31
Over 34$3,039.15$3,874.80$4,616.31
Over 36$3,039.15$3,874.80$4,616.31
Over 38$3,039.15$3,874.80$4,616.31
Over 40$3,039.15$3,874.80$4,616.31

 

Enlisted: E-7 – E-9

2023 Military Pay Chart (4.6% Increase from 2022)

YearsE-7E-8e-9
< 2$3,445.84$4,957.10$6,055.40
Over 2$3,760.89$5,176.44$6,192.84
Over 3$3,905.24$5,312.01$6,365.75
Over 4$4,095.40$5,474.55$6,568.78
Over 6$4,244.77$5,650.91$6,774.94
Over 8$4,500.52$5,968.79$7,102.86
Over 10$4,644.87$6,130.08$7,381.52
Over 12$4,900.61$6,404.34$7,673.67
Over 14$5,113.37$6,556.54$8,121.46
Over 16$5,258.66$6,930.90$8,121.46
Over 18$5,413.36$6,930.90$8,526.89
Over 20$5,473.30$7,069.91$8,526.89
Over 22$5,674.45$7,069.91$8,953.66
Over 24$5,782.39$7,069.91$8,953.66
Over 26$6,193.47$7,069.91$9,402.39
Over 28$6,193.47$7,069.91$9,402.28
Over 30$6,193.47$7,069.91
Over 32$6,193.47
Over 34$6,193.47
Over 36$6,193.47
Over 38$6,193.47
Over 40$6,193.47

 

Warrant Officer: W-1 – W-3

2023 Military Pay Chart (4.6% Increase from 2022)

YearsW-1W-2W-3
< 2$3,555.04$4,050.22$4,577.71
Over 2$3,938.19$4,433.37$4,767.88
Over 3$4,040.80$4,551.04$4,964.00
Over 4$4,258.27$4,632.32$5,027.70
Over 6$4,514.95$4,894.65$5,232.30
Over 8$4,894.02$5,302.91$5,583.55
Over 10$5,070.49$5,505.62$6,055.71
Over 12$5,318.60$5,704.57$6,253.72
Over 14$5,561.79$5,948.08$6,482.79
Over 16$5,753.21$6,138.56$6,718.14
Over 18$5,929.25$6,310.83$7,142.40
Over 20$6,143.26$6,517.31$7,428.27
Over 22$6,143.26$6,652.87$7,599.61
Over 24$6,143.26$6,760.19$7,781.30
Over 26$6,143.26$6,760.19$8,029.51
Over 28$6,143.26$6,760.19$8,029.51
Over 30$6,143.26$6,760.19$8,029.51
Over 32$6,143.26$6,760.19$8,029.51
Over 34$6,143.26$6,760.19$8,029.51
Over 36$6,143.26$6,760.19$8,029.51
Over 38$6,143.26$6,760.19$8,029.51
Over 40$6,143.26$6,760.19$8,029.51

 

Warrant Officer: W-4 – W-5

2023 Military Pay Chart (4.6% Increase from 2022)

YearsW-4W-5
< 2$5,012.33
Over 2$5,391.40
Over 3$5,546.10
Over 4$5,698.29
Over 6$5,960.63
Over 8$6,220.14
Over 10$6,483.11
Over 12$6,877.87
Over 14$7,224.30
Over 16$7,554.11
Over 18$7,824.29
Over 20$8,087.57$8,912.23
Over 22$8,473.86$9,364.11
Over 24$8,791.42$9,701.13
Over 26$9,153.55$10,073.29
Over 28$9,153.55$10,073.29
Over 30$9,336.18$10,577.88
Over 32$9,336.18$10,577.88
Over 34$9,336.18$11,106.01
Over 36$9,336.18$11,106.01
Over 38$9,336.18$11,662.38
Over 40$9,336.18$11,662.38

 

Commissioned Officers: O-1E – O-3E (w/ Prior Enlisted Experience)

2023 Military Pay Chart (4.6% Increase from 2022)

YearsO-1EO-2EO-3E
< 2
Over 2
Over 3
Over 4$4,576.92$5,682.63$6,469.94
Over 6$4,887.26$5,789.95$6,780.29
Over 8$5,067.74$5,983.96$7,120.29
Over 10$5,252.70$6,295.46$7,340.10
Over 12$5,433.76$6,536.77$7,701.59
Over 14$5,682.60$6,715.95$8,006.92
Over 16$5,682.60$6,715.95$8,182.65
Over 18$5,682.60$6,715.95$8,421.14
Over 20$5,682.60$6,715.95$8,421.14
Over 22$5,682.60$6,715.95$8,421.14
Over 24$5,682.60$6,715.95$8,421.14
Over 26$5,682.60$6,715.95$8,421.14
Over 28$5,682.60$6,715.95$8,421.14
Over 30$5,682.60$6,715.95$8,421.14
Over 32$5,682.60$6,715.95$8,421.14
Over 34$5,682.60$6,715.95$8,421.14
Over 36$5,682.60$6,715.95$8,421.14
Over 38$5,682.60$6,715.95$8,421.14
Over 40$5,682.60$6,715.95$8,421.14

 

Commissioned Officers: O-1 – O-3

2023 Military Pay Chart (4.6% Increase from 2022)

YearsO-1O-2O-3
< 2$3,637.26$4,190.80$4,849.78
Over 2$3,786.00$4,772.58$5,497.78
Over 3$4,576.77$5,496.83$5,933.33
Over 4$4,576.77$5,682.60$6,469.93
Over 6$4,576.77$5,799.34$6,780.28
Over 8$4,576.77$5,799.34$7,120.44
Over 10$4,576.77$5,799.34$7,340.10
Over 12$4,576.77$5,799.34$7,701.59
Over 14$4,576.77$5,799.34$7,890.50
Over 16$4,576.77$5,799.34$7,890.50
Over 18$4,576.77$5,799.34$7,890.50
Over 20$4,576.77$5,799.34$7,890.50
Over 22$4,576.77$5,799.34$7,890.50
Over 24$4,576.77$5,799.34$7,890.50
Over 26$4,576.77$5,799.34$7,890.50
Over 28$4,576.77$5,799.34$7,890.50
Over 30$4,576.77$5,799.34$7,890.50
Over 32$4,576.77$5,799.34$7,890.50
Over 34$4,576.77$5,799.34$7,890.50
Over 36$4,576.77$5,799.34$7,890.50
Over 38$4,576.77$5,799.34$7,890.50
Over 40$4,576.77$5,799.34$7,890.50

 

Commissioned Officers: O-4 – O-6

2023 Military Pay Chart (4.6% Increase from 2022)

YearsO-4O-5O-6
< 2$5,516.29$6,393.36$7,669.27
Over 2$6,385.20$7,202.02$8,425.22
Over 3$6,811.97$7,700.34$8,978.13
Over 4$6,906.42$7,794.16$8,978.13
Over 6$7,301.81$8,105.77$9,012.65
Over 8$7,726.07$8,291.54$9,398.62
Over 10$8,254.82$8,700.73$9,450.09
Over 12$8,665.59$9,001.67$9,450.09
Over 14$8,951.15$9,389.84$9,987.00
Over 16$9,115.58$9,982.92$10,936.24
Over 18$9,210.34$10,265.34$11,493.55
Over 20$9,210.34$10,544.62$12,050.55
Over 22$9,210.34$10,861.87$12,367.49
Over 24$9,210.34$10,861.87$12,688.82
Over 26$9,210.34$10,861.87$13,310.77
Over 28$9,210.34$10,861.87$13,310.77
Over 30$9,210.34$10,861.88$13,576.56
Over 32$9,210.34$10,861.88$13,576.56
Over 34$9,210.34$10,861.88$13,576.56
Over 36$9,210.34$10,861.88$13,576.56
Over 38$9,210.34$10,861.88$13,576.56
Over 40$9,210.34$10,861.88$13,576.56

 

Flag and General Officers: O-7 – O-8

2023 Military Pay Chart (4.6% Increase from 2022)

YearsO-7O-8
< 2$10,113.15$12,170.73
Over 2$10,582.91$12,564.70
Over 3$10,800.37$12,834.42
Over 4$10,973.27$12,908.16
Over 6$11,286.13$13,238.28
Over 8$11,595.22$13,789.63
Over 10$11,952.64$13,918.29
Over 12$12,308.81$14,441.70
Over 14$12,666.54$14,592.64
Over 16$13,789.63$15,043.57
Over 18$14,737.93$15,696.59
Over 20$14,737.93$16,298.14
Over 22$14,737.93$16,700.12
Over 24$14,737.93$16,700.12
Over 26$14,813.56$16,700.12
Over 28$14,813.56$16,700.12
Over 30$15,110.10$17,118.42
Over 32$15,110.10$17,118.42
Over 34$15,110.10$17,545.81
Over 36$15,110.10$17,545.81
Over 38$15,110.10$17,545.81
Over 40$15,110.10$17,545.81

 

Flag and General Officers: O-9 – O-10

2023 Military Pay Chart (4.6% Increase from 2022)

YearsO-9O-10
< 2
Over 2
Over 3
Over 4
Over 6
Over 8
Over 10
Over 12
Over 14
Over 16
Over 18
Over 20$17,201.26$17,755.75
Over 22$17,449.79$17,755.75
Over 24$17,755.75$17,755.75
Over 26$17,755.75$17,755.75
Over 28$17,755.75$17,755.75
Over 30$17,755.75$17,755.75
Over 32$17,755.75$17,755.75
Over 34$17,755.75$17,755.75
Over 36$17,755.75$17,755.75
Over 38$17,755.75$17,755.75
Over 40$17,755.75$17,755.75

 

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Changes Coming to the Thrift Savings Plan in 2022

There Will Be a New TSP App, and More!

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement savings and investment plan for federal employees and members of the uniformed services, including the Ready Reserve. The TSP was established by Congress in the Federal Employees’ Retirement System Act of 1986 and offers the same type of savings and tax benefits that many private corporations provide their employees under their 401 K plans.

There are some updates coming to the TSP that will help improve the user experience. This is all a part of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board’s Converge Program. This program hopes to modernize the TSP. 

New Mobile App for TSP Platform

There will be an app that is coming out in mid-2022, that will make access to the TSP platform even easier. This mobile app will allow users to manage investments and contact the agency for assistance through their mobile devices. Users will also be able to use added security measures, facial recognition, and other methods to increase security.  In addition to the mobile app, there will be new tools such as a virtual assistant and virtual chat.

New Mutual Fund Window Opening

There will also be a mutual fund window opening for the TSP. TSP participants will be able to search to see what they want to invest in.  The window will feature over 5,000 mutual funds. TSP users will need to have at least $40,000 in their TSP accounts, and the minimum initial transfer will be $10,000. TSP users won’t be able to exceed 25% of their TSP index fund balance. 

Mutual fund offerings were authorized for the TSP back in 2009 by Congress but had been held up because of regulatory and technological challenges. 

Look for the TSP app and other changes and additions this summer. They seem to be able to make the user experience a little easier and offer some much-needed updates to the program. 

 

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You Asked, VEP Answers Your Military Benefits Questions

Military Benefits Questions Answered by VEP

The Mission of the Veterans Education Project is to address the current issues that student veterans and service members face every day. They do this by reaching out to the veteran community, advocating for veterans with policy makers, and bringing every possible resource into the fight to support our nation’s heroes.

The Q&A Session with VEP

Q: Would I still be able to get in-state tuition at a university if I live in another state? For example, if I live in California and I want to go to school in Illinois, would it [the GI Bill] cover the full tuition, or do I still have to pay out of pocket? – (Marine Corps dependent)

A: When you utilize your GI Bill, you are always eligible for in-state tuition regardless of your residency.

This wasn’t always the case, though, so that’s a great question. On January 5, 2021, H.R. 7105 became Public Law 116-315, and one of the provisions demanded that a student using the GI Bill:

“…is to be charged tuition and fees at a rate that is equal to or less than the rate the institution charges for tuition and fees for residents of the State in which the institution is located,” (Sec. 1005).

Check out CollegeRecon’s article, Student Veterans Still Get Full GI Bill Benefits If Remote, for more information.

 

Q: How much is the COLA increase for 2022? – (Army Veteran)

A: The COLA increase for 2022 was 5.9%.

Read more about the 2022 COLA Increase on our website. You may be interested in the Military Benefit Changes for 2022 as well.

 

Q: Can I receive Social Security benefits if I am receiving VA benefits [at] 100%? – (Army Veteran)

A: Yes. Military veterans who become disabled during their service can collect disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at the same time.

 

>> Do you have questions about your military benefits? We’ve partnered with the Veterans Education Project to help find the answers you need. Discover the answers to your benefits questions today!

 

 

Basic Needs Allowance for Low-Income Service Members

New Basic Needs Allowance for Low-Income Military Members

The Basic Needs Allowance is a military benefit authorized (via the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022) to be paid in 2023 to service members with household incomes below 103% of federal poverty guidelines.

This is described by the Department of Defense as a “taxable supplemental allowance” for service members who are “the most financially challenged”. It is designed for active-duty military families with dependents. The service member must have completed basic training.

The DoD says service members must apply in order to receive the Basic Needs Allowance also known as BNA.

However, in the same DoD guidelines, there is mention that the military services are expected to “proactively screen service members for eligibility (based on service member pay) and notify them of their potential eligibility”, so there is likely to be a level of confusion over the implementation of this new program in the earliest stages.

Applications Accepted Starting December 2022

DoD literature says applications are accepted starting “No later than December” 2022, and applications must be processed within 30 days of receipt. Retroactive payment of BNA benefits are not authorized.

According to the DoD, any service member who believes they need BNA should apply for it. Application procedures are not standardized across all branches of military service so it will be up to each individual branch (Army, Navy, Air Force, etc.) to establish their own processes.

Regardless of the specific process used, all applicants must submit income documentation such as pay stubs or a W2.

Military Family Basic Needs Allowance by the Numbers

According to the text of the NDAA authorizing the BNA, any families whose income is below 130% of the federal poverty guidelines will be eligible for the allowance.

For reference, the 2021 Federal Poverty Guidelines for a family of three is $21,960 annually, or $1,830 per month.

The 130% amount for a family of three is $28,548 annually or $2,379 per month. According to the 2021 Military Pay Charts, that would mean most lower enlisted service members ranked from E1-E3 are eligible if they have families.

How Much Is the Basic Needs Allowance?

According to the text of the 2022 NDAA, the amount of the allowance is calculated as follows:

The amount of the monthly allowance payable to a member…shall be the amount equal to 130% of the Federal poverty guidelines of the Department of Health and Human Services for the calendar year during which the allowance is paid based on the location of the member and the number of individuals in the household of the member during the month for which the allowance is paid; minus the gross household income of the member during the preceding year; divided by 12.

The gross household income means all household income, which seems to mean BAH and BAS are also included. However, the Secretary of Defense has the latitude to determine whether or not the BAH should be counted in the calculation of the new allowance.

What About Families with More than One Eligible Military Member?

If a household has two or more members who are eligible to receive the Basic Needs Allowance, only one of them can receive the allowance at any given time.

Who Is Not Eligible for the Basic Needs Allowance?

A service member who does not have dependents is not eligible for the allowance.

Cadets or Midshipmen at any of the armed forces service academies are ineligible for the allowance.

If a service member is eligible and then gets promoted, prompting for a permanent increase in pay, and that pay increase raises the service member above the policy’s financial guidelines, then that member becomes ineligible.

Curiously, if a service member is demoted and their pay is reduced to within the guidelines of the Basic Needs Allowance, that member will remain ineligible solely based on the reduction in rank.

Any eligible service member may voluntarily elect not to receive the benefit, and they must do so in writing.

Timeline for the Basic Needs Allowance

The allowance will begin on or after the date that is one year from the enactment of the National Defense Act of 2022. The official start date of the program is 1 January 2023.

At press time, termination of the Basic Needs Allowance is established as December 31, 2027, a date subject to change.

Food Insecurity in the Military?

Why is the BNA even necessary? In 2021, the National Military Family Association (NMFA) conducted a survey of over 11,000 service members and their families. They asked one question:

“In the past 12 months, have you, or someone in your household, had to visit a charitable food distribution site to make ends meet?”

The results of that survey may surprise you. The  NMFA Survey found that 14% of those surveyed, or 1,632 military families, reported that they visited a food bank within the past year.

In another study, Blue Star Families conducted a Pulse Check between March 1-16, 2021. Over 4,000 respondents participated in the poll, which included active military, veterans, National Guard, Reserve, and Gold Star spouses or family members.

The  Blue Star Family Pulse Check found that 18% of active duty families and 23% of National Guard families reported having difficulties in purchasing food and other essentials within the past year.

Furthermore, within the active duty ranks, food security ranked as a most immediate need for Junior Enlisted (22%), Mid/Senior Enlisted (20%), and Commissioned Officers (23%). In other words, nearly a fifth of the service members polled indicated that food security is an immediate need for them.

 

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Military Pay Charts 2022 [updated]

2022 Military Pay Charts

On June 30th, the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2022 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies bill, which includes a 2.7% pay raise for service members.

In total, the bill provides $279.9 billion for programs that cover veterans’ health care and military construction, among other things. This legislation is more than 10 percent higher — $28.1 billion — than the 2021 budget.

This raise is lower than the 2020 amount of 3.1%. But it is still higher than all other pay raises since 2011, which only gave a 1.4% raise.

RELATED: 3 Reasons Military Pay Increases in 2022

Military Pay Increases tied to ECI

According to federal law, military pay increases are tied to the Employment Cost Index (ECI). Under federal law, the ECI number is used in setting the proposed pay changes for the military. The ECI is a measure of the changes in pay versus living costs.

The ECI is based on the data for 12 months through each September.   Then, a half percentage point is taken off that figure, and locality pay is determined to also be paid. The resulting percentage for the period to be applied toward January 2022 sits at 2.7%. According to the military pay raise formula outlined in title 37, the military pay raise for 2022 will be 2.7%.  However, this can also serve as a guideline and the White House or Congress can propose another figure.

Find the 2022 military pay charts below.

By Paygrade: Military Pay Charts for 2022

The military pay raise can be highly debated each year.  It isn’t as simple as the President or Congress just picking a number. The ECI (US Employment Cost Index) determines the pay raise each year.  The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics puts out this figure each year.

2022 Military Pay Charts

Enlisted: E-1 – E-3

2022 Pay Charts (2.7% increase from 2021)

YearsE-1E-2E-3
< 2$1,833$2,055$2,161
Over 2$1,833$2,055$2,297
Over 3$1,833$2,055$2,436
Over 4$1,833$2,055$2,436
Over 6$1,833$2,055$2,436
Over 8$1,833$2,055$2,436
Over 10$1,833$2,055$2,436
Over 12$1,833$2,055$2,436
Over 14$1,833$2,055$2,436
Over 16$1,833$2,055$2,436
Over 18$1,833$2,055$2,436
Over 20$1,833$2,055$2,436
Over 22$1,833$2,055$2,436
Over 24$1,833$2,055$2,436
Over 26$1,833$2,055$2,436
Over 28$1,833$2,055$2,436
Over 30$1,833$2,055$2,436
Over 32$1,833$2,055$2,436
Over 34$1,833$2,055$2,436
Over 36$1,833$2,055$2,436
Over 38$1,833$2,055$2,436
Over 40$1,833$2,055$2,436

 

Enlisted: E-4 – E-6

2022 Pay Charts (2.7% increase from 2021)

YearsE-4E-5E-6
< 2$2,393$2,610$2,849
Over 2$2,516$2,786$3,136
Over 3$2,652$2,921$3,274
Over 4$2,787$3,059$3,409
Over 6$2,906$3,273$3,549
Over 8$2,906$3,498$3,864
Over 10$2,906$3,682$3,988
Over 12$2,906$3,704$4,226
Over 14$2,906$3,704$4,298
Over 16$2,906$3,704$4,351
Over 18$2,906$3,704$4,413
Over 20$2,906$3,704$4,413
Over 22$2,906$3,704$4,413
Over 24$2,906$3,704$4,413
Over 26$2,906$3,704$4,413
Over 28$2,906$3,704$4,413
Over 30$2,906$3,704$4,413
Over 32$2,906$3,704$4,413
Over 34$2,906$3,704$4,413
Over 36$2,906$3,704$4,413
Over 38$2,906$3,704$4,413
Over 40$2,906$3,704$4,413

Senior Enlisted: E-7 – E-9

2022 Pay Charts (2.7% increase from 2021)

YearsE-7E-8E-9
< 2$3,294
Over 2$3,596
Over 3$3,734
Over 4$3,915
Over 6$4,058
Over 8$4,303$4,739
Over 10$4,441$4,949$5,789
Over 12$4,685$5,078$5,921
Over 14$4,889$5,234$6,086
Over 16$5,027$5,402$6,280
Over 18$5,175$5,706$6,477
Over 20$5,233$5,861$6,791
Over 22$5,425$6,123$7,057
Over 24$5,528$6,268$7,336
Over 26$5,921$6,626$7,764
Over 28$5,921$6,626$7,764
Over 30$5,921$6,759$8,152
Over 32$5,921$6,759$8,152
Over 34$5,921$6,759$8,560
Over 36$5,921$6,759$8,560
Over 38$5,921$6,759$8,989
Over 40$5,921$6,759$8,989

Warrant Officers:  W-1 – W-3

2022 Pay Charts (2.7% increase from 2021)

YearsW-1W-2W-3
< 2$3,399$3,872$4,376
Over 2$3,765$4,238$4,558
Over 3$3,863$4,351$4,746
Over 4$4,071$4,429$4,807
Over 6$4,316$4,679$5,002
Over 8$4,679$5,070$5,338
Over 10$4,848$5,264$5,789
Over 12$5,085$5,454$5,979
Over 14$5,317$5,687$6,198
Over 16$5,500$5,869$6,423
Over 18$5,669$6,033$6,828
Over 20$5,873$6,231$7,102
Over 22$5,873$6,360$7,265
Over 24$5,873$6,463$7,439
Over 26$5,873$6,463$7,676
Over 28$5,873$6,463$7,676
Over 30$5,873$6,463$7,676
Over 32$5,873$6,463$7,676
Over 34$5,873$6,463$7,676
Over 36$5,873$6,463$7,676
Over 38$5,873$6,463$7,676
Over 40$5,873$6,463$7,676

 

Warrant Officers:  W-4 – W-5

2022 Pay Charts (2.7% increase from 2021)

YearsW-4W-5
< 2$4,792
Over 2$5,154
Over 3$5,302
Over 4$5,448
Over 6$5,699
Over 8$5,947
Over 10$6,198
Over 12$6,575
Over 14$6,907
Over 16$7,222
Over 18$7,480
Over 20$7,732$8,520
Over 22$8,101$8,952
Over 24$8,405$9,275
Over 26$8,751$9,630
Over 28$8,751$9,630
Over 30$8,926$10,113
Over 32$8,926$10,113
Over 34$8,926$10,618
Over 36$8,926$10,618
Over 38$8,926$11,150
Over 40$8,926$11,150

 

Commissioned Officers: O-1E – O3E (w/ Prior Enlisted Experience)

2022 Pay Charts (2.7% increase from 2021)

YearsO-1EO-2EO-3E
< 2
Over 2
Over 3
Over 4$4,376$5,433$6,185
Over 6$4,672$5,535$6,482
Over 8$4,845$5,721$6,807
Over 10$5,022$6,019$7,017
Over 12$5,195$6,249$7,363
Over 14$5,433$6,421$7,655
Over 16$5,433$6,421$7,823
Over 18$5,433$6,421$8,051
Over 20$5,433$6,421$8,051
Over 22$5,433$6,421$8,051
Over 24$5,433$6,421$8,051
Over 26$5,433$6,421$8,051
Over 28$5,433$6,421$8,051
Over 30$5,433$6,421$8,051
Over 32$5,433$6,421$8,051
Over 34$5,433$6,421$8,051
Over 36$5,433$6,421$8,051
Over 38$5,433$6,421$8,051
Over 40$5,433$6,421$8,051

Commissioned Officers: O-1 – O-3

2022 Pay Charts (2.7% increase from 2021)

YearsO-1O-2O-3
< 2$3,477$4,007$4,637
Over 2$3,620$4,563$5,256
Over 3$4,376$5,255$5,672
Over 4$4,376$5,433$6,185
Over 6$4,376$5,544$6,482
Over 8$4,376$5,544$6,807
Over 10$4,376$5,544$7,017
Over 12$4,376$5,544$7,363
Over 14$4,376$5,544$7,544
Over 16$4,376$5,544$7,544
Over 18$4,376$5,544$7,544
Over 20$4,376$5,544$7,544
Over 22$4,376$5,544$7,544
Over 24$4,376$5,544$7,544
Over 26$4,376$5,544$7,544
Over 28$4,376$5,544$7,544
Over 30$4,376$5,544$7,544
Over 32$4,376$5,544$7,544
Over 34$4,376$5,544$7,544
Over 36$4,376$5,544$7,544
Over 38$4,376$5,544$7,544
Over 40$4,376$5,544$7,544

 

Commissioned Officers: O-4 – O6

2022 Pay Charts (2.7% increase from 2021)

YearsO-4O-5O-6
< 2$5,274$6,112$7,332
Over 2$6,104$6,885$8,055
Over 3$6,512$7,362$8,583
Over 4$6,603$7,451$8,583
Over 6$6,981$7,749$8,616
Over 8$7,386$7,927$8,985
Over 10$7,892$8,318$9,035
Over 12$8,285$8,606$9,035
Over 14$8,558$8,977$9,548
Over 16$8,715$9,544$10,455
Over 18$8,805$9,814$10,988
Over 20$8,805$10,081$11,521
Over 22$8,805$10,384$11,824
Over 24$8,805$10,384$12,131
Over 26$8,805$10,384$12,725
Over 28$8,805$10,384$12,725
Over 30$8,805$10,384$12,980
Over 32$8,805$10,384$12,980
Over 34$8,805$10,384$12,980
Over 36$8,805$10,384$12,980
Over 38$8,805$10,384$12,980
Over 40$8,805$10,384$12,980

 

Flag and General Officers: O-7 – O-8

2022 Pay Charts (2.7% increase from 2021)

YearsO-7O-8
< 2$9,668$11,636
Over 2$10,118$12,012
Over 3$10,325$12,270
Over 4$10,491$12,341
Over 6$10,790$12,656
Over 8$11,085$13,183
Over 10$11,427$13,306
Over 12$11,768$13,807
Over 14$12,110$13,951
Over 16$13,183$14,382
Over 18$14,090$15,006
Over 20$14,090$15,581
Over 22$14,090$15,966
Over 24$14,090$15,966
Over 26$14,162$15,966
Over 28$14,162$15,966
Over 30$14,446$16,366
Over 32$14,446$16,366
Over 34$14,446$16,774
Over 36$14,446$16,774
Over 38$14,446$16,774
Over 40$14,446$16,774

 

Flag and General Officers: O-9 – O-10

2022 Pay Charts (2.7% increase from 2021)

YearsO-9O-10
< 2
Over 2
Over 3
Over 4
Over 6
Over 8
Over 10
Over 12
Over 14
Over 16
Over 18
Over 20$16,445$16,975
Over 22$16,682$16,975
Over 24$16,975$16,975
Over 26$16,975$16,975
Over 28$16,975$16,975
Over 30$16,975$16,975
Over 32$16,975$16,975
Over 34$16,975$16,975
Over 36$16,975$16,975
Over 38$16,975$16,975
Over 40$16,975$16,975

 

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