2015 Military Pay Raise

Updated: March 23, 2021

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    President Obama has signed the defense bill which sets the military pay increase at 1% except for general and flag officers who not see an increase in 2015.  The proposed military pay increase for fiscal year 2015 was 1% according to the FY 2015 defense budget.  The House of Representatives passed a 1.8% version but the Democrat controlled Senate did not agree.

    See the Military Pay Charts based on a 1% increase.

    The 1% increased is based upon the Department of Defense’s recommendation and President Obama’s proposal in the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget proposal that was sent to Congress.  The DoD’s recommendation was based on the need to slow the growth in military pay.  However, these changes are disproportionately small compared to other budget categories.

    Private sector wage growth is 1.8% in 2014 and in the past law mandated military pay to be set at this percentage.  Unfortunately that is no longer the case. Service members annual pay increase is determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Cost Index and growth in private sector wages.  However, by law Title 37, Chapter 19, Section 1009), the president can set an alternate pay raise.E 2D Advanced-Hawkeye

    LT. GEN. RAMSAY:

    “We were guided by the principles of we were not looking at cutting anybody’s pay. We’re looking at slowing the growth of pay and allowances … we’re requesting a 1 percent basic pay raise in FY ’15 with the general officer and flag officer pay freeze in FY ’15.”

    Time Line

    February 2014 – DoD Submits 1% Pay.

    April 2014– Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2015 released by President Obama.

    May 2014 – House Appropriations Committee approves a 1.8% military pay increase and passed  by House of Representatives .

    Dec. 2, 2014 – Congress agrees in principle to limit military pay to 1%.

    Dec. 4th, 2014 – House of Representatives passed the NDAA

    Dec. 11th, 2014 – Senate passed the NDAA

    Dec. 19th, 2014 – President Obama signed the NDAA into law.

    Defense Budget Status Infographic:

    2015 Military Pay, BAH, BAS, Defense Budget Infographic

    Historical Military Pay Raises by Year

    YearMilitary Pay RaiseYearMilitary Pay Raise
    20234.6% (projected)19924.2%
    20222.7% (projected)19914.1%
    20213%19903.6%
    20203.1%19894.1%
    20192.6%19882%
    20182.4%19873%
    20172.1%19863%
    20161.3%19854%
    20151%19844%
    20141%19834%
    20131.7%198214.3%
    20121.6%198111.7%
    20111.4%19807%
    20103.4%19795.5%
    20093.9%19787.1%
    20083.5%19774.8%
    2007 *2.7%19765.%
    20063.1%19755.52%
    20053.5%19746.2%
    2004 *4.2%19736.7%
    2003 *4.7%19727.2%
    2002 *6.9%19717.9%
    20014.1%19708.1%
    20006.2%196912.6%
    19993.6%19686.8%
    19982.8%19675.6%
    19973%19663.2%
    19962.4%1965E: 11% O: 6%
    19952.6%19642.5% - 8.5%
    19942.2%196312.6%
    19933.7%1962None

    * 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2007 are the average percentage raise as military pay raises differed for various military pay grades.

    Military pay increases are for all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces; Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy and Reserves forces where applicable.


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