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2009 Military Involuntary Separation Pay Charts



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 officers 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
O-5 42,600 49,699 58,107 65,370 76,219 83,841 94,617
O-4 38,379 44,775 54,144 60,912 72,302 79,533 91,087
O-3 35,631 41,570 49,893 56,130 64,296 70,726 80,961
O-2 30,480 35,560 40,640 45,720 50,800 55,880 60,960
O-3E 35,631 41,570 49,893 56,130 64,296 70,726 80,961
O-2E 30,480 35,560 41,936 47,178 55,148 60,663 68,710
O-1E 25,687 29,968 35,513 39,952 46,012 50,613 57,119
Paygrade 13 14 15 16 17 18 -
O-5 102,501 115,144 123,368 139,916 148,661 161,857 -
O-4 98,678 109,776 117,617 127,757 135,742 145,223 -
O-3 87,708 96,763 103,675 110,586 117,498 124,410 -
O-2 66,039 71,119 76,199 81,279 86,359 91,439 -
O-3E 87,708 98,194 105,208 114,676 121,843 132,769 -
O-2E 74,435 82,359 88,241 94,124 100,007 105,890 -
O-1E 61,879 69,688 74,666 79,644 84,621 89,599 -

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