Basic Pay

Army National Guard: Drilling

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 are eligible for Basic Pay while on federal active duty. When not on active duty, Army National Guard Soldiers are eligible for Drill Pay.

Benefit Highlights

The 2021 basic pay tables reflect a 3.0% raise. Monthly Basic Pay rates for officers and enlisted Soldiers are shown on the Department of Defense Military Pay Tables. Drill Pay rates are shown on pages 2 and 3 of the Pay Tables.

Additional Information

For more information, please visit the Military Members webpage maintained by Defense Finance and Accounting Services:

or the Department of Defense Financial Management Regulations:

2021 Military Pay Charts:

Office of the Secretary of Defense, Military Compensation website:

Document Review Date: 07 January 2021