Drill Pay

Army Reserve: Active Duty

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.

Additional Information

For more information, please visit the Military Pay web page and pay tables maintained by the Defense Finance and Accounting Services:



Or visit the Department of Defense Financial Management Regulations:

Document Review Date: 01 January 2018