Money, Money, Money

Good Morning Everyone!

Today I wanted to touch on the basics of the Navy's pay system.  I will be doing some later posts that will go into more detail on some of these topics.  If you have a topic that you would like a more detailed post on, please leave a note in the comments section below.  I have also listed three links to different websites below that offer additional information on each of these topics as well.

Sailors are paid on the 1st and the 15th of each month.  If payday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then they will be paid the Friday before.  I have placed a link below that lists the 2013 dates pay should be received on.

Basic Pay:
Basic pay, also known as Base Pay, is the paycheck received by members of the Armed Forces.  This pay will vary depending on the Sailors Rank (aka Pay Grade) and Years of Service.  Each year an updated pay chart is released with that year's new base pay amounts.

Allowances are payments provided to the service member for specific needs like housing or food.  These payments vary greatly from sailor to sailor. (Please remember, just because your friend or neighbor's family gets a certain allowance, doesn't mean that your family will)
  • BAS - Basic Allowance for Subsistence
    •  This allowance is meant to offset the costs of a service member's meals (but is NOT meant to offset the costs of the family's meals)
  • BAH - Basic Allowance for Housing
    •  This allowance is meant to offset the cost of housing.  The rates for BAH depend on the service member's pay grade, location and whether or not they have dependents.  The location is important because the cost of living is higher in some areas and lower in others.
  • Clothing
    •  This allowance is to help service members pay for their uniforms.  When they first report for active duty, they will receive an initial allowance to purchase all of their required uniforms.  They will receive a replacement allowance every year on their anniversary month.
  • Dislocation
    • This allowance is to partially reimburse relocation expenses incurred while moving due to a PCS, ordered for the Government's convenience or an incident to an evacuation.
  • FSA - Family Separation Allowance
    • This allowance is for a service member with dependents who is serving an unaccompanied tour of duty such as a deployment.  They would have to be on board a ship away from the home port for a period of more than 30 consecutive days.
    • As of 01/01/2013, this allowance is $250 per month.
Special and Incentive Pay:
  • This pay is given to qualified personnel who possess specific or unique skills or ones that are at a critical shortage.
  • There are many, many different types of bonuses and they change frequently.  Many of them are an option when looking at reenlistment.  This will be something that your sailor will be discussing with his/her detailer when it is time to start working on selecting a new set of orders. 

 Please feel free to leave any questions or comments below!