Benefit Fact Sheet
Drill Pay is part of the total compensation available to National Guard and Reserve Soldiers performing drilling and other training duties. A drill period is defined as four (4) hours. Drill Pay for a National Guard or Reserve Soldier depends on the Soldier's length of service and Army rank (most enlisted Soldiers enter the Army as a Private).
Army Reserve Soldiers on active duty do not receive drill pay, but are compensated on a monthly basis, as are their active duty counterparts, with Basic Pay. See the Basic Pay fact sheet for the details.
For more information, please visit the Military Members webpage maintained by Defense Finance and Accounting Services:
Office of the Secretary of Defense, Military Compensation website:
2023 Military Pay Charts:
Or visit the Department of Defense Financial Management Regulations: