2019 Reserve Enlisted Drill Military Pay Chart

President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2019 at Fort Drum, New York. The $717 billion act has authorized a 2.6% military pay raise and increases the strength of the nation's active duty personnel.

The base pay is the same across all service branches and is based on rank and time in service, with pay raises according to years of creditable service. There are two distinct career paths in the military: Commissioned Officers and Enlisted.

The pay scales for each reflect their different degrees of responsibility.

Each military service has its own names for the various enlisted ranks (Navy and Coast Guard are the same). Most enlisted members enter the military at the lowest pay grade (E-1) and climb the pay scale to higher positions with greater pay. Enlisted pay grades range from E-1 through E-9 ("E" represents Enlisted).

To gain the pay advantages of a Commissioned Officer, some enter the military with a higher education degree and begin their military careers through one of the Officer Candidate Schools; some are high school graduates who attend a service academy or a civilian college while participating in an ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) program.

Military members receive a monthly base pay which is based on their rank and time in service. Active duty members receive full-time pay, while guard and reserve members (who are not on active duty) receive part-time pay, or drill pay, depending on the number of drills they perform each month.

Military pay is subject to income taxes unless it is earned in a designated combat zone. All branches of the U.S. military receive the same amount of base pay. This military pay chart can be used to determine Air Force pay, Army pay, Coast Guard pay, Marine pay and/or Navy pay.

The military maintains various other pays that are not included as part of the pay tables below.

Additionally, there are certain allowances provided such as a clothing allowance, basic allowance for housing and a cost of living allowance.

The basic pay charts below are for Reserve Enlisted Members of the United States Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard for the calendar year 2019, beginning January 1st as approved. The pay rates are monthly amounts rounded to the nearest U.S. dollar.

Reservist Pay is 1/30th of active duty military pay for one drill day. This pay scale is for 4 drills a month which is equal to a regular drill weekend per month plus two week training drill each year.

2019 Reserve Enlisted Drill Military Pay Chart


Enlisted Reserve drill pay chart for 6 years of service and under (by years of service)
Pay Grade < 2 years > 2 years > 3 years > 4 years > 6 years


Enlisted Reserve drill pay chart for 8 years to 16 years of service (by years of service)
Pay Grade > 8 years > 10 years > 12 years > 14 years > 16 years
E-9 $708$724$744$768


Enlisted Reserve drill pay chart for 18 years to 26 years of service (by years of service)
Pay Grade > 18 years > 20 years > 22 years > 24 years > 26 years



The above 2019 Basic Drill Pay Charts are for the National Guard and Reserve enlisted personnel of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard.