2010 MILITARY PAY CHARTS
In a few short words, not very much. Compared to the past several years, Congress is not offering much in the way of military pay and benefit improvements for 2010.
The 2010 Defense Authorization Act is now law. The act calls for a 3.4 percent across-the-board increase in military basic pay over 2009. rates.
When a military person is authorized to live off-base at government expense, the military pays him/her a monthly tax-free housing allowance, called "BAH," or "Basic Allowance for Housing."
Military members stationed overseas who live off base do not receive BAH. Instead, they receive a different entitlement, called OHA, or "Overseas Housing Allowance."
U.S. Military members are paid a monthly, tax-free allowance, called "BAS," or "Basic Allowance for Subsistence, which is designed to pay for the food they eat.
Military members who are deployed to a designated combat zone are entitled for a tax-free special pay known as "combat pay."
Family Separation Allowance (FSA) is payable when a military member is separated due to military orders from their dependents for more than 30 days.
CONUS COLA (Cost of Living Allowance) is designed to partially compensate military members for non-housing costs, when stationed in high-cost areas of the United States.
The Overseas Cost-of-Living Allowance, or COLA, is paid to Service Members to partially offset high costs when stationed overseas (including Alaska and Hawaii).
Military members performing duty at sea are entitled to a special monthly pay, known as "Career Sea Pay."
Military personnel (mostly Navy) who perform operational submarine duty are entitled to receive Submarine Duty Pay.
2009 MILITARY PAY CHARTS
Basic Pay, Drill Pay, Annual Salary
Active Duty Housing Allowance (BAH), Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA), Guard/Reserve Housing Allowance (BAH RC/T), Partial Housing Allowance (BAH-PAR), Child Support Allowance (BAH-DIFF)
Combat Pay, Family Separation Allowances, Cost of Living Allowances, Career Sea Pay, Submarine Duty Pay
Dislocation Allowance, Per Diem Rates, Travel Mileage Rates
Misc. Pay Entitlements
Food Allowance (BAS), Retirement Pay, Clothing (Uniform) Allowance, Involuntary Separation Pay, Jump (Parachute) Pay, Flight Pay, Enlistment and Re-Enlistment Incentives