Basic Pay

Army Reserve: Drilling

Benefit Fact Sheet

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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 Reserve officers and enlisted soldiers are eligible for Basic Pay while on federal active duty. When not on active duty, Army Reserve soldiers are eligible for Drill Pay.

Benefit Highlights

Army Reserve officers and enlisted service members are eligible for Drill Pay as they serve their weekend and other training duties. If placed on active duty they are eligible for the same Basic Pay as their active duty counterparts.

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:

2024 Military Pay Charts:

Office of the Secretary of Defense, Military Compensation website:

Document Review Date: 04 January 2024