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2011 Military Pay Charts

Personal Money Allowance

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Updated January 17, 2011

A few high-ranking members of the U.S. Military are authorized a special monthly "Personal Money Allowance" as shown below. This allowance is to help them pay for special requirements of their duties, such as attending various social events.

The personal money allowance is one of the few military "allowances" that are subject to normal income tax laws.

For complete information, see the Department of Defense (DOD) Pay Regulation, Volume 7A (Active Duty & Reserve Pay), Chapter 31 -- Personal Money Allowance.

  • While serving as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chief of Staff of the Army or Air Force, Chief of Naval Operations, Commandant of the Marine Corps, or Commandant of the Coast Guard -- $333.33 per month.
  • While serving as a senior member of the Military Staff Committee of the United Nations and entitled to the grade, pay, and allowances of a lieutenant general or vice admiral -- $225.00 per month.
  • While serving in the grade of general or admiral (4-star) -- $183.33 per month.
  • While serving in the grade of lieutenant general or vice admiral (3-star) -- $41.67 per month.
  • While serving as the Director of Naval Intelligence -- $433.33 per month.
  • While serving as the Superintendent of the Naval Academy - $433.33 per month.
  • While serving as the President of the Naval War College -- $83.33 per month.
  • While serving as the Commandant of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy -- $66.67 per month.
  • While serving as the Superintendent of the Naval Postgraduate School -- $33.33 per month.
  • While serving as the top enlisted member of each branch (Sergeant Major of the Army, the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard) -- $166.67 per month.

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