2010 Military basic pay is determined by years of active service and rank. Raises for longevity are based on your years of creditable service in any branch of the armed forces.
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2010 Military Pay Raise

2010 Military Pay Raise Coming

On February 26, 2009 President Obama's 2010 budget outline called for a 2.9% military pay increase. However, by March 31, 2009 the House and Senate Armed Services Committees recommended a 3.4% military pay increase for 2010.

The 2010 military pay raise reflects a trend of the last few years, whereby Congress has recommended a military pay raise larger than the Department of Labor's Employment Cost Index (ECI) minimum figure requested by the presidential administration. The same discrepancy was noted in the 2008 and 2009 military pay raises of 3.4% and 3.9% respectively.


While the 2010 military pay raise is not yet set in stone, it's not unusual for Congress to grant a pay raise larger than the administration requests. For 2009, military members saw a 3.9% pay increase in their January 15th 2009 paychecks, larger than what the President had proposed. In its annual submission to Congress, the Bush administration had asked for an across-the-board raise of only 3.4 percent over 2008 basic pay rates. 3.4 percent is the minimum amount that the president could have requested under Federal law. This final 3.9% military pay increase was a result of the 2009 Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress.

Going back to 2008, the Bush administration had at that time proposed a 3.0% all-inclusive raise in military basic pay. In response, Congress added to the proposed military pay raise, under the Defense Authorization Act of 2008, resulting in a final 3.4% military pay raise for 2008.


In accordance with the law, the minimum annual military pay raise is based on the Employment Cost Index (ECI). The ECI is the Department of Labor's tool for tracking changes in pay for state and government employees, as well as for most workers in the private sector. This keeps your military pay raise commensurate with trends in the overall economy.


For 2010, the final military pay raise will be especially beneficial to senior servicemembers who will reach their 30-year tenure. In addition, the 2010 military pay raise will also be especially beneficial to military servicemembers who joined the military under the "final pay" military retirement, which determines military pension based on the last month of pay.


Military basic pay is determined by years of active service and rank. Raises for longevity are based on your years of creditable service in any branch of the armed forces. Military pay raises are applicable only during active or inactive military service, and starting from the official date of your advancement. The military pay raise does not include the time that a military servicemember is in "frocked" status, or during a break in the time of active or inactive service.

Military pay is distributed on the 1st and 15th day of the calendar month, or on the next working day if those dates fall on a national holiday. Your military personnel officer can provide updated information about your military status including total active federal military service dates, basic pay dates, and other relevant dates that affect your military pay.


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