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2009 Military Involuntary Separation Pay Charts

Enlisted Members

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Updated January 12, 2009

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 2009.

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.

Involuntary separation pay is based upon grade (rank) and years of active service:

Involuntary Separation Pay

Paygrade 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
E-9 - - - - 53,046 58,351 65,098
E-8 - - 34,739 39,081 45,346 49,880 55,840
E-7 22,311 26,029 31,539 35,481 40,684 44,752 51,516
E-6 19,507 22,758 28,328 31,869 36,536 40,190 46,457
E-5 17,993 20,992 25,641 28,846 33,732 37,105 40,729
E-4 15,973 18,635 21,298 23,960 26,622 29,284 31,946
E-3 13,390 15,621 17,853 20,085 22,316 24,548 26,780
Paygrade 13 14 15 16 17 18 -
E-9 70,523 78,065 83,641 92,074 97,828 106,810 -
E-8 60,494 67,143 71,939 79,200 84,150 94,116 -
E-7 55,809 62,708 67,187 73,699 78,305 85,348 -
E-6 50,329 55,138 59,076 63,792 67,779 72,790 -
E-5 44,123 47,517 50,911 54,305 57,699 61,093 -
E-4 34,609 37,271 39,933 42,595 45,257 47,920 -
E-3 29,011 31,243 33,475 35,706 37,938 40,170 -

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