What Is a U.S. Army Pay Chart?


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A U.S. Army pay chart is a detailed listing of the basic and drill pay wages for all pay grades of the United States Army. This chart is published by the Department of Defense and lists the pay of the three major grades: enlisted soldiers, warrant officers and commissioned officers.

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What Is a U.S. Army Pay Chart?
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In the United States, all military services share a common pay chart across pay grades with the exception of the U.S. Air Force, which discontinued the appointment of new warrant officers in 1959. The Army pay chart has specific pay grades based on rank and military experience. A fresh recruit is usually listed at pay grade E-1. Warrant officers are paid according to pay grades W-1 through W-5 and commissioned officers are graded O-1 through O-10.

In addition to basic pay, enlisted soldiers and officers are paid additional allowances, and they also receive special pay for combat duty and hazardous duty. Army pay charts also show the increased pay after every two years in a specific pay grade. If a soldier cannot be given government housing, his or her pay includes a Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) and Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), two of the largest components after basic pay.

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