Drill Pay

Regular Army: Retired

Benefit Fact Sheet

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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 retirees are not eligible for Drill Pay, but may be eligible for Retirement Pay. See the Retired Pay fact sheet for additional 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: 

2024 Military Pay Charts:

Or visit the Department of Defense Financial Management Regulations:

Document Review Date: 05 January 2024