Guard and Reserve Basic Pay is the base salary for a Soldier on active duty and counts for part of total military income. Basic Pay is electronically distributed on the 1st and 15th of every month, similar to many civilian jobs. Basic Pay for a Soldier depends on length of service as well as rank (most enlisted Soldiers enter the Army as a private).
Drill Pay is part of the total compensation available to National Guard and Reserve soldiers performing drilling and other training duties. A drill period is defined as four (4) hours. Drill Pay for a National Guard or Reserve Soldier depends on the Soldier’s length of service and Army rank (most enlisted Soldiers enter the Army as a Private).
Army National Guard officers and enlisted Soldiers are eligible for Basic Pay while on federal active duty. When not on active duty, Army National Guard Soldiers are eligible for Drill Pay.
The 2016 drill pay tables reflect a 1% raise. For a complete pay table please view the 2016 Military Pay Chart. Drill pay is located on page 10-14 of the pay tables.