Military Pay 2008:
2008 US Military Pay Charts


Your military pay is composed of a number of different pay entitlements: basic pay, BAS, BAH, pro pay, and any number of other allowances, so it can be confusing to try to figure it all out. Because there are so many variables in the amount of pay and allowances, we are including links here for you.

Active Duty Pay

On January 28, President Bush signed into law the $696 billion defense authorization bill, which granted a 3.5% pay raise, retroactive to January 1, 2008.

2008 Military Pay Chart

BAH rates.
Overseas Housing Allowance.
COLA - Overseas.
Per diem rates - CONUS.
Per diem rates - OCONUS, Overseas & Foreign.
Dislocation Allowance - DLA.
Mileage rates - POV.

Retired Pay

Retirees and those receiving Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuities began seeing a cost of living adjustment (COLA) representing a 2.3% increase effective December 1, 2007.

Prior Years Pay

If you need a copy of pay tables for earlier years for some reason, they are available from DFAS also.

Military Pay and Benefits Website sponsored by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness discusses the major elements of your compensation. Select the topic that interests you from one of the following topic areas:
  • Pay and Allowances discusses the basic elements of what is considered the military equivalent of private sector salaries, referred to as RMC, or Regular Military Compensation. These include basic pay (including Active Duty and Reserve pay tables), allowances for housing and subsistence, and tax advantage of the tax-free allowances.
  • Retirement discusses the various retirement systems currently in effect. In addition to explaining the rules regarding Final Pay, High-3 Year Average, and CSB/REDUX for active duty, calculators are available to demonstrate the potential income stream from these retirement systems and to assist those allowed to choose between High-3 and CSB/REDUX. The Reserve and disability retirement systems are described briefly.
  • Benefits section discusses the variety of benefits available, ranging from complete health care to commissary and exchange shopping.
  • Survivor Benefits section discusses the Uniformed Services Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) and the Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RC-SBP).
  • Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) discusses the Federal Government sponsored retirement savings and investment plan for members of the uniformed services.

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