Drill Pay

Regular Army: 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).


Regular Army active duty Soldiers do not receive drill pay, but are compensated on a monthly basis with Basic Pay. See the Basic Pay fact sheet for the details.

Additional Information

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:

Document Review Date: 05 January 2023