Benefit Fact Sheet
Basic Pay is the base salary for a Soldier on active duty and counts for part of total military income. Basic Pay is electronically distributed on the 1st and 15th of every month, similar to many civilian jobs. Basic Pay for a Soldier depends on length of service as well as rank (most enlisted Soldiers enter the Army as a private).
Army National Guard officers and enlisted Soldiers called up for state active duty are entitled to certain compensation that varies by state. When not on active duty, Army National Guard Soldiers are eligible for Drill Pay.
Each State has a different methodology for compensating Soldiers that have been called up for state active duty. Some state active duty pay is the same as the Basic Pay received on Federal active duty.
For more information, please visit the Military Members webpage maintained by Defense Finance and Accounting Services: https://www.dfas.mil/militarymembers.html
or the Department of Defense Financial Management Regulations:
2018 Military Pay Charts:
Office of the Secretary of Defense, Military Compensation website: