The average salary for a recruit with a high school diploma and less than 2 years of experience in military training averages out to between $17,892 and $18,378 per year, which is between $1,491 and $1,531 per month, notes the Go Army and Air Force websites, as of 2015. This figure varies slightly depending on the branch of the military.
In addition to the base pay for recruits in basic training, recruits also can receive various benefits, such as food rations, notes the U.S. Army. Furthermore, recruits with families will get a housing allowance for their family. If a recruit has more education than just a high school diploma, they may be eligible to enter into basic training at a higher rank, which will result in a higher monthly pay.