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2012 Military Involuntary Separation Pay Charts

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Military members who are involuntarily separated from the military may be entitled to involuntary separation pay (severance pay). The below charts list the full-rate of involuntary separation pay for enlisted members who are involuntarily separated during calendary year 2012.

To be eligible, a military member must have six or more years of active duty, and less than 20 years.

There are two types of pay: (1) Full Pay and (2) Half Pay. To qualify for full pay, the member must be involuntarily separated, be fully qualified for retention and the service must be characterized as "Honorable." Examples would be separation due to reduction in force, or separation due to exceeding the high year of tenure.

To qualify for half pay, the member must be involuntarily separated, with service characterized as Honorable or General (under honorable conditions), and the reason for discharge must not be one of the following:

  • The member is separated from active duty at the member's own request.
  • The member is separated from active duty during an initial term of enlistment or an initial period of obligated service. The initial term of enlistment or initial period of obligated service is the active service obligation that the member incurred upon initial enlistment or upon enrollment in a commissioning program. This limitation also applies to a member who desires to reenlist or continue at the conclusion of the initial term of enlistment or an initial period of obligation and is denied by the Military Service concerned.
  • The member is released from active duty for training or from full-time National Guard duty for training.
  • The member is immediately eligible at separation for retired or retainer pay based upon his or her military service.
  • The member is a warrant officer whose appointment is terminated and who then elects to enlist.
  • The member is separated as a result of the execution of a court-martial sentence.
  • The member is being dropped from the rolls of the Military Service concerned.
  • The member is being separated under other than honorable conditions.
  • The member is an enlisted member who is separated for unsatisfactory performance or misconduct.
  • The member is an officer who is separated for substandard performance, or acts of misconduct or moral or professional dereliction.
  • A Regular officer having twice failed for selection for the promotion to the next higher grade is not entitled to separation pay if that officer, after such second failure of selection for promotion, is selected for, and declines, continuation on active duty for a period that is equal to or more than the amount of service required to qualify the officer for retirement.


There are several other conditions that must be met. For details, see Department of Defense (DOD) Pay Regulation, Volume 7A (Active Duty & Reserve Pay), Chapter 35 -- Separation Payments.

The below chart shows payments to members who have exactly the number of years of service listed. Actual amounts may vary slightly as payments are based on both full and partial years of service.

The figures shown here are the payments to people who have exactly the number of years of service listed; actual payments are based on both full and partial years of service. A dash in the chart indicates that none of the services reported any members with that combination of years and paygrade. Payment levels for 2012:

Involuntary Separation Pay for Enlisted Members

Grade 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
E-9 - - - - 56,506 62,156 69,345
E-8 - - 37,005 41,631 48,301 53,131 59,482
E-7 23,766 27,728 33,598 37,798 43,340 47,674 54,877
E-6 20,781 24,245 30,174 33,945 38,920 42,812 49,490
E-5 19,168 22,362 27,314 30,728 35,935 39,529 43,386
E-4 17,014 19,850 22,686 25,521 28,357 31,193 34,029
E-3 14,265 16,642 19,020 21,397 23,774 26,152 28,529

 

Grade 13 14 15 16 17 18
E-9 75,123 83,160 89,100 98,076 104,205 113,782
E-8 64,439 71,523 76,631 84,372 89,646 100,259
E-7 59,450 66,800 71,572 78,509 83,416 90,921
E-6 53,614 58,736 62,932 67,956 72,204 77,540
E-5 47,001 50,617 54,232 57,848 61,463 65,079
E-4 36,864 39,700 42,536 45,372 48,207 51,043
E-3 30,907 33,284 35,662 38,039 40,416 42,794

 

 

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