Salaries Already Increased
Military salaries have already been increased.
Powers, Air Force Sergeant, 2006
(Rod Powers, retired Air Force First Sergeant with 22 years of active service, December 15, 2006,
. Congress approved an across-the-board 2.2 percent increase in Basic Pay over 2006 rates.
Additionally, the law provides for a second, "targeted" raise of up to 8.3 percent for some warrant
officers and mid-level enlisted members.
Under previous law, military members stopped receiving raises for
"years-of-service" once they had 26 years in the military. The new law provides for "longevity raises" for some
senior ranking commissioned officers, warrant officers, and enlisted members who have between 26
and 40 years of military service.
The 2.2 percent raise and the "longevity" rates are effective
1, 2007, which means military members will see the increase in their January 15th paychecks. The separate "targeted" raise
is effective on 1 April 2007.
For what this means in dollars and cents, see our
2007 Military Base Pay Charts
. Once again, Congress has decided to fund military housing allowance at 100 percent of
the average off-base rental costs.
The Department of Defense released the
on December 15th. The new
rates will be effective on January 1.
Second Housing Allowance for Reservists
. The new law allows the Reserves
to pay a second housing allowance to reservists who are called to active duty
(for 139 days or more) in
support of a contingency operation to a duty station farther than commuting distance from their
permanent place of residence
. One allowance would be paid for their home and a second allowance would be paid for
the duty location, if on-base lodging is not available. However, the law allows the individual services to set up their own
rules about when the allowance should be paid, making it a sure thing that the services will only elect to pay this allowance
if it is cheaper than paying per diem. The provision is retroactive to October 1, 2006, but expect it to take several months
for the services to write rules/regulations to implement the new procedures.
Housing Allowance for Surviving Spouses
Who Are in the Military
. The new law allows a surviving spouse, who is also a military member, to
receive the deceased member's housing allowance for 12 months following the death of the member
Under the old law, this entitlement was restricted only to surviving non-military spouses. This provision is effective
October 1, 2006, but payments are retroactive for any military member who's military spouse died on or after October 1,