In addition to monthly basic pay, serving as an Army Drill Sergeant can qualify a U.S. Military servicemember for many added benefits: tax free military stipends to offset housing and food costs, social service benefits, promotions, as well as assignments with special-duty pay.
Drill sergeant service duties usually last for two years, and can potentially extend for up to three and a half years.
In order to qualify for drill sergeant training, a military servicemember is required to serve for at least four years, and be under the age of 40.
ARMY DRILL SERGEANTS PAY AND BENEFITS
Similar to military basic pay, Army Drill Sergeants receive higher pay rates and benefits depending on their rank.
For Example, drill sergeant ranks range from (E-5) Sergeants, (E-6) Staff Sergeants, (E-7) Sergeants First-Class, (E-8) Master Sergeants and (E-9) Sergeant Major who do not actually serve as drill sergeants. Due to their higher ranks, Staff Sergeants and Sergeants First Class earn higher pay rates than (E-5) Sergeants. These higher rates also increase with accumulating years of service.
In addition to military pay, which is determined by rank and cumulative service in the US Army, an Army Drill Sergeant also receives a monthly special-duty pay.
Separate from the base pay, Army Drill Sergeants also receive special-duty pay. In addition, Sergeants get a Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS), as well as a Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). These allowances are adjusted annually and are tax-free, to supplement food and housing costs, and are dependent on where the Sergeant is located as well as number of dependents.
Army Drill Sergeant benefits include military life insurance, access to Tricare including dental benefits, a military retirement plan, educational support of the GI Bill, and perks that include 30 days of paid vacation.
And, as with most military personnel, the U.S. government annual pay raises are almost guaranteed to be higher than average civilian raises, especially in a tough economy. Tax-free military allowances - BAS and BAH - also increase every year, to help military servicemembers cover the rising costs of food and housing without dipping into their military salaries.