2024 Reserve and National Guard Drill Pay

Updated: November 29, 2023
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    Drill pay for 2024 is expected to go up around 5.2% under the this year’s National Defense Authorization Act. However, since lawmakers are still working on finalizing the defense spending bill for 2024, the following drill pay rates are only “proposed.”

    Drill pay increases go into effect on Jan. 1, 2024.

    Drill pay for a National Guard or reserve service member depends on the length of service and rank (most enlisted soldiers enter as E-1). National Guard and reserve service members must perform at least one-weekend drill per month and two weeks of active duty training each year.

    Each drill period is four hours; a drill weekend is four drill periods. There are two drill periods each day. National Guard and reserve service members must perform a minimum of one weekend drill per month and two weeks of active duty training each year.

    See 2024 military pay rates and charts here.

    2024 National Guard and Reserve Drill Pay

    The following charts reflect drill pay only. They do not include sign-on bonuses, allowances, specialty pay or tuition assistance. 2024 drill pay goes into effect Jan. 1, 2024.

    2024 Reserve Component (Proposed) Drill Pay (0 – 10 Years in Service)

    Pay GradeLess than 2 Years2+ Years3+ Years4+ Years6+ Years8+ Years
    O-7$10,638.88$11,133.11$11,361.92$11,544.02$11,872.87$12,198.26
    One Drill$354.63$371.10$378.73$384.80$395.76$406.61
    Four Drills$1,418.52$1,484.41$1,514.92$1,539.20$1,583.05$1,626.43
    O-6$8,068.00$8,863.31$9,444.96$9,444.96$9,481.26$9,887.43
    One Drill$268.93$295.44$314.83$314.83$316.04$329.58
    Four Drills$1,075.73$1,181.77$1,259.33$1,259.33$1,264.17$1,318.32
    O-5$6,725.75$7,576.61$8,100.82$8,199.60$8,527.20$8,722.55
    One Drill$224.19$252.55$270.03$273.32$284.24$290.75
    Four Drills$896.77$1,010.21$1,080.11$1,093.28$1,136.96$1,163.01
    O-4$5,803.25$6,717.23$7,166.33$7,265.43$7,681.39$8,127.96
    One Drill$193.44$223.91$238.88$242.18$256.05$270.93
    Four Drills$773.77$895.63$955.51$968.72$1,024.19$1,083.73
    O-3$5,101.99$5,783.69$6,241.94$6,806.23$7,132.88$7,490.77
    One Drill$170.07$192.79$208.06$226.87$237.76$249.69
    Four Drills$680.27$771.16$832.26$907.50$951.05$998.77
    O-2$4,408.62$5,020.88$5,782.74$5,978.10$6,100.86$6,100.86
    One Drill$146.95$167.36$192.76$199.27$203.36$203.36
    Four Drills$587.82$669.45$771.03$797.08$813.45$813.45
    O-1$3,826.33$3,982.87$4,814.79$4,814.79$4,814.79$4,814.79
    One Drill$127.54$132.76$160.49$160.49$160.49$160.49
    Four Drills$510.18$531.05$641.97$641.97$641.97$641.97
    O-3E---$6,806.23$7,132.88$7,490.77
    One Drill---$226.87$237.76$249.69
    Four Drills---$907.50$951.05$998.77
    O-2E---$5,978.10$6,100.86$6,294.96
    One Drill---$199.27$203.36$209.83
    Four Drills---$797.08$813.45$839.33
    O-1E---$4,814.79$5,141.12$5,331.43
    One Drill---$160.49$171.37$177.71
    Four Drills---$641.97$685.48$710.86
    W-5------
    One Drill------
    Four Drills------
    W-4$5,273.04$5,671.65$5,834.50$5,994.51$6,270.66$6,543.65
    One Drill$175.77$189.05$194.48$199.82$209.02$218.12
    Four Drills$703.07$756.22$777.93$799.27$836.09$872.49
    W-3$4,815.74$5,015.83$5,222.23$5,289.14$5,504.38$5,928.86
    One Drill$160.52$167.19$174.07$176.30$183.48$197.63
    Four Drills$642.10$668.78$696.30$705.22$733.92$790.51
    W-2$4,260.92$4,663.94$4,787.65$4,873.18$5,149.33$5,578.55
    One Drill$142.03$155.46$159.59$162.44$171.64$185.95
    Four Drills$568.12$621.86$638.35$649.76$686.58$743.81
    W-1$3,739.86$4,142.88$4,250.82$4,479.63$4,749.78$5,148.38
    One Drill$124.66$138.10$141.69$149.32$158.33$171.61
    Four Drills$498.65$552.38$566.78$597.28$633.30$686.45
    E-9------
    One Drill------
    Four Drills------
    E-8-----$5,214.97
    One Drill-----$173.83
    Four Drills-----$695.33
    E-7$3,624.98$3,956.36$4,108.17$4,308.26$4,465.42$4,734.63
    One Drill$120.83$131.88$136.94$143.61$148.85$157.82
    Four Drills$483.33$527.51$547.76$574.43$595.39$631.28
    E-6$3,135.49$3,450.45$3,602.89$3,750.91$3,904.92$4,252.39
    One Drill$104.52$115.02$120.10$125.03$130.16$141.75
    Four Drills$418.06$460.06$480.39$500.12$520.66$566.99
    E-5$2,872.28$3,065.74$3,214.07$3,365.56$3,601.94$3,848.74
    One Drill$95.74$102.19$107.14$112.19$120.06$128.29
    Four Drills$382.97$408.77$428.54$448.74$480.26$513.17
    E-4$2,633.68$2,768.44$2,918.35$3,066.37$3,197.34$3,197.34
    One Drill$87.79$92.28$97.28$102.21$106.58$106.58
    Four Drills$351.16$369.13$389.11$408.85$426.31$426.31
    E-3$2,377.41$2,527.01$2,680.08$2,680.08$2,680.08$2,680.08
    One Drill$79.25$84.23$89.34$89.34$89.34$89.34
    Four Drills$316.99$336.93$357.34$357.34$357.34$357.34
    E-2$2,260.96$2,260.96$2,260.96$2,260.96$2,260.96$2,260.96
    One Drill$75.37$75.37$75.37$75.37$75.37$75.37
    Four Drills$301.46$301.46$301.46$301.46$301.46$301.46
    E-1$2,017.32-----
    One Drill$67.24-----
    Four Drills$268.98-----
    E-1<4 mo$1,865.20-----
    One Drill$62.17-----
    Four Drills$248.69-----

    2024 Reserve Component (Proposed) Drill Pay (10 – 22 Years in Service)

    Pay Grade10+ Years12+ Years14+ Years16+ Years18+ Years20+ Years
    O-7$12,574.14$12,948.75$13,325.26$14,506.55$15,504.17$15,504.17
    One Drill$419.14$431.63$444.18$483.55$516.81$516.81
    Four Drills$1,676.55$1,726.50$1,776.70$1,934.21$2,067.22$2,067.22
    O-6$9,941.40$9,941.40$10,506.32$11,504.88$12,091.27$12,677.02
    One Drill$331.38$331.38$350.21$383.50$403.04$422.57
    Four Drills$1,325.52$1,325.52$1,400.84$1,533.98$1,612.17$1,690.27
    O-5$9,153.03$9,469.89$9,877.96$10,501.91$10,799.20$11,093.02
    One Drill$305.10$315.66$329.27$350.06$359.97$369.77
    Four Drills$1,220.40$1,262.65$1,317.06$1,400.25$1,439.89$1,479.07
    O-4$8,684.05$9,116.11$9,416.56$9,589.51$9,689.24$9,689.24
    One Drill$289.47$303.87$313.89$319.65$322.97$322.97
    Four Drills$1,157.87$1,215.48$1,255.54$1,278.60$1,291.90$1,291.90
    O-3$7,721.79$8,102.08$8,300.91$8,300.91$8,300.91$8,300.91
    One Drill$257.39$270.07$276.70$276.70$276.70$276.70
    Four Drills$1,029.57$1,080.28$1,106.79$1,106.79$1,106.79$1,106.79
    O-2$6,100.86$6,100.86$6,100.86$6,100.86$6,100.86$6,100.86
    One Drill$203.36$203.36$203.36$203.36$203.36$203.36
    Four Drills$813.45$813.45$813.45$813.45$813.45$813.45
    O-1$4,814.79$4,814.79$4,814.79$4,814.79$4,814.79$4,814.79
    One Drill$160.49$160.49$160.49$160.49$160.49$160.49
    Four Drills$641.97$641.97$641.97$641.97$641.97$641.97
    O-3E$7,721.79$8,102.08$8,423.36$8,607.99$8,858.89$8,858.89
    One Drill$257.39$270.07$280.78$286.93$295.30$295.30
    Four Drills$1,029.57$1,080.28$1,123.12$1,147.73$1,181.19$1,181.19
    O-2E$6,622.87$6,876.61$7,065.02$7,065.02$7,065.02$7,065.02
    One Drill$220.76$229.22$235.50$235.50$235.50$235.50
    Four Drills$883.05$916.88$942.00$942.00$942.00$942.00
    O-1E$5,525.84$5,716.46$5,978.10$5,978.10$5,978.10$5,978.10
    One Drill$184.19$190.55$199.27$199.27$199.27$199.27
    Four Drills$736.78$762.20$797.08$797.08$797.08$797.08
    W-5-----$9,375.53
    One Drill-----$312.52
    Four Drills-----$1,250.07
    W-4$6,820.12$7,235.45$7,599.96$7,946.81$8,231.16$8,508.26
    One Drill$227.34$241.18$253.33$264.89$274.37$283.61
    Four Drills$909.35$964.73$1,013.33$1,059.57$1,097.49$1,134.43
    W-3$6,370.70$6,579.00$6,819.80$7,067.55$7,513.80$7,814.57
    One Drill$212.36$219.30$227.33$235.58$250.46$260.49
    Four Drills$849.43$877.20$909.31$942.34$1,001.84$1,041.94
    W-2$5,791.89$6,001.13$6,257.40$6,457.81$6,638.96$6,856.09
    One Drill$193.06$200.04$208.58$215.26$221.30$228.54
    Four Drills$772.25$800.15$834.32$861.04$885.19$914.15
    W-1$5,334.27$5,595.27$5,850.91$6,052.26$6,237.52$6,462.86
    One Drill$177.81$186.51$195.03$201.74$207.92$215.43
    Four Drills$711.24$746.04$780.12$806.97$831.67$861.71
    E-9$6,370.39$6,514.93$6,696.72$6,910.38$7,127.19$7,472.15
    One Drill$212.35$217.16$223.22$230.35$237.57$249.07
    Four Drills$849.38$868.66$892.90$921.38$950.29$996.29
    E-8$5,445.68$5,588.33$5,759.38$5,944.64$6,279.18$6,448.97
    One Drill$181.52$186.28$191.98$198.15$209.31$214.97
    Four Drills$726.09$745.11$767.92$792.62$837.22$859.86
    E-7$4,886.43$5,155.33$5,379.40$5,532.15$5,695.00$5,757.81
    One Drill$162.88$171.84$179.31$184.41$189.83$191.93
    Four Drills$651.52$687.38$717.25$737.62$759.33$767.71
    E-6$4,387.79$4,649.73$4,729.90$4,787.97$4,856.45$4,856.45
    One Drill$146.26$154.99$157.66$159.60$161.88$161.88
    Four Drills$585.04$619.96$630.65$638.40$647.53$647.53
    E-5$4,051.99$4,076.29$4,076.29$4,076.29$4,076.29$4,076.29
    One Drill$135.07$135.88$135.88$135.88$135.88$135.88
    Four Drills$540.27$543.51$543.51$543.51$543.51$543.51
    E-4$3,197.34$3,197.34$3,197.34$3,197.34$3,197.34$3,197.34
    One Drill$106.58$106.58$106.58$106.58$106.58$106.58
    Four Drills$426.31$426.31$426.31$426.31$426.31$426.31
    E-3$2,680.08$2,680.08$2,680.08$2,680.08$2,680.08$2,680.08
    One Drill$89.34$89.34$89.34$89.34$89.34$89.34
    Four Drills$357.34$357.34$357.34$357.34$357.34$357.34
    E-2$2,260.96$2,260.96$2,260.96$2,260.96$2,260.96$2,260.96
    One Drill$75.37$75.37$75.37$75.37$75.37$75.37
    Four Drills$301.46$301.46$301.46$301.46$301.46$301.46
    E-1------
    One Drill------
    Four Drills------
    E-1<4 mo------
    One Drill------
    Four Drills------

    2024 Reserve Component (Proposed) Drill Pay (22 – 32 Years in Service)

    Pay Grade22+ Years24+ Years26+ Years28+ Years30+ Years
    O-7$15,504.17$15,504.17$15,584.01$15,584.01$15,895.83
    One Drill$516.81$516.81$519.47$519.47$529.86
    Four Drills$2,067.22$2,067.22$2,077.87$2,077.87$2,119.44
    O-6$13,010.61$13,348.62$14,002.86$14,002.86$14,282.48
    One Drill$433.69$444.95$466.76$466.76$476.08
    Four Drills$1,734.75$1,779.82$1,867.05$1,867.05$1,904.33
    O-5$11,426.61$11,426.61$11,426.61$11,426.61$11,426.61
    One Drill$380.89$380.89$380.89$380.89$380.89
    Four Drills$1,523.55$1,523.55$1,523.55$1,523.55$1,523.55
    O-4$9,689.24$9,689.24$9,689.24$9,689.24$9,689.24
    One Drill$322.97$322.97$322.97$322.97$322.97
    Four Drills$1,291.90$1,291.90$1,291.90$1,291.90$1,291.90
    O-3$8,300.91$8,300.91$8,300.91$8,300.91$8,300.91
    One Drill$276.70$276.70$276.70$276.70$276.70
    Four Drills$1,106.79$1,106.79$1,106.79$1,106.79$1,106.79
    O-2$6,100.86$6,100.86$6,100.86$6,100.86$6,100.86
    One Drill$203.36$203.36$203.36$203.36$203.36
    Four Drills$813.45$813.45$813.45$813.45$813.45
    O-1$4,814.79$4,814.79$4,814.79$4,814.79$4,814.79
    One Drill$160.49$160.49$160.49$160.49$160.49
    Four Drills$641.97$641.97$641.97$641.97$641.97
    O-3E$8,858.89$8,858.89$8,858.89$8,858.89$8,858.89
    One Drill$295.30$295.30$295.30$295.30$295.30
    Four Drills$1,181.19$1,181.19$1,181.19$1,181.19$1,181.19
    O-2E$7,065.02$7,065.02$7,065.02$7,065.02$7,065.02
    One Drill$235.50$235.50$235.50$235.50$235.50
    Four Drills$942.00$942.00$942.00$942.00$942.00
    O-1E$5,978.10$5,978.10$5,978.10$5,978.10$5,978.10
    One Drill$199.27$199.27$199.27$199.27$199.27
    Four Drills$797.08$797.08$797.08$797.08$797.08
    W-5$9,851.14$10,205.56$10,597.22$10,597.22$11,128.06
    One Drill$328.37$340.19$353.24$353.24$370.94
    Four Drills$1,313.49$1,360.74$1,412.96$1,412.96$1,483.74
    W-4$8,914.44$9,248.66$9,629.59$9,629.59$9,821.79
    One Drill$297.15$308.29$320.99$320.99$327.39
    Four Drills$1,188.59$1,233.15$1,283.94$1,283.94$1,309.57
    W-3$7,994.78$8,186.03$8,447.03$8,447.03$8,447.03
    One Drill$266.49$272.87$281.57$281.57$281.57
    Four Drills$1,065.97$1,091.47$1,126.27$1,126.27$1,126.27
    W-2$6,998.75$7,111.73$7,111.73$7,111.73$7,111.73
    One Drill$233.29$237.06$237.06$237.06$237.06
    Four Drills$933.17$948.23$948.23$948.23$948.23
    W-1$6,462.86$6,462.86$6,462.86$6,462.86$6,462.86
    One Drill$215.43$215.43$215.43$215.43$215.43
    Four Drills$861.71$861.71$861.71$861.71$861.71
    E-9$7,765.34$8,072.73$8,543.92$8,543.92$8,970.30
    One Drill$258.84$269.09$284.80$284.80$299.01
    Four Drills$1,035.38$1,076.36$1,139.19$1,139.19$1,196.04
    E-8$6,737.43$6,897.44$7,291.31$7,291.31$7,437.43
    One Drill$224.58$229.91$243.04$243.04$247.91
    Four Drills$898.32$919.66$972.17$972.17$991.66
    E-7$5,969.57$6,083.19$6,515.56$6,515.56$6,515.56
    One Drill$198.99$202.77$217.19$217.19$217.19
    Four Drills$795.94$811.09$868.74$868.74$868.74
    E-6$4,856.45$4,856.45$4,856.45$4,856.45$4,856.45
    One Drill$161.88$161.88$161.88$161.88$161.88
    Four Drills$647.53$647.53$647.53$647.53$647.53
    E-5$4,076.29$4,076.29$4,076.29$4,076.29$4,076.29
    One Drill$135.88$135.88$135.88$135.88$135.88
    Four Drills$543.51$543.51$543.51$543.51$543.51
    E-4$3,197.34$3,197.34$3,197.34$3,197.34$3,197.34
    One Drill$106.58$106.58$106.58$106.58$106.58
    Four Drills$426.31$426.31$426.31$426.31$426.31
    E-3$2,680.08$2,680.08$2,680.08$2,680.08$2,680.08
    One Drill$89.34$89.34$89.34$89.34$89.34
    Four Drills$357.34$357.34$357.34$357.34$357.34
    E-2$2,260.96$2,260.96$2,260.96$2,260.96$2,260.96
    One Drill$75.37$75.37$75.37$75.37$75.37
    Four Drills$301.46$301.46$301.46$301.46$301.46
    E-1-----
    One Drill-----
    Four Drills-----
    E-1<4 mo-----
    One Drill-----
    Four Drills-----

    2024 Reserve Component (Proposed) Drill Pay (32 – 40+ Years in Service)

    Pay Grade32+ Years34+ Years36+ Years38+ Years40+ Years
    O-7$15,895.83$15,895.83$15,895.83$15,895.83$15,895.83
    One Drill$529.86$529.86$529.86$529.86$529.86
    Four Drills$2,119.44$2,119.44$2,119.44$2,119.44$2,119.44
    O-6$14,282.48$14,282.48$14,282.48$14,282.48$14,282.48
    One Drill$476.08$476.08$476.08$476.08$476.08
    Four Drills$1,904.33$1,904.33$1,904.33$1,904.33$1,904.33
    O-5$11,426.61$11,426.61$11,426.61$11,426.61$11,426.61
    One Drill$380.89$380.89$380.89$380.89$380.89
    Four Drills$1,523.55$1,523.55$1,523.55$1,523.55$1,523.55
    O-4$9,689.24$9,689.24$9,689.24$9,689.24$9,689.24
    One Drill$322.97$322.97$322.97$322.97$322.97
    Four Drills$1,291.90$1,291.90$1,291.90$1,291.90$1,291.90
    O-3$8,300.91$8,300.91$8,300.91$8,300.91$8,300.91
    One Drill$276.70$276.70$276.70$276.70$276.70
    Four Drills$1,106.79$1,106.79$1,106.79$1,106.79$1,106.79
    O-2$6,100.86$6,100.86$6,100.86$6,100.86$6,100.86
    One Drill$203.36$203.36$203.36$203.36$203.36
    Four Drills$813.45$813.45$813.45$813.45$813.45
    O-1$4,814.79$4,814.79$4,814.79$4,814.79$4,814.79
    One Drill$160.49$160.49$160.49$160.49$160.49
    Four Drills$641.97$641.97$641.97$641.97$641.97
    O-3E$8,858.89$8,858.89$8,858.89$8,858.89$8,858.89
    One Drill$295.30$295.30$295.30$295.30$295.30
    Four Drills$1,181.19$1,181.19$1,181.19$1,181.19$1,181.19
    O-2E$7,065.02$7,065.02$7,065.02$7,065.02$7,065.02
    One Drill$235.50$235.50$235.50$235.50$235.50
    Four Drills$942.00$942.00$942.00$942.00$942.00
    O-1E$5,978.10$5,978.10$5,978.10$5,978.10$5,978.10
    One Drill$199.27$199.27$199.27$199.27$199.27
    Four Drills$797.08$797.08$797.08$797.08$797.08
    W-5$11,128.06$11,683.51$11,683.51$12,268.95$12,268.95
    One Drill$370.94$389.45$389.45$408.97$408.97
    Four Drills$1,483.74$1,557.80$1,557.80$1,635.86$1,635.86
    W-4$9,821.79$9,821.79$9,821.79$9,821.79$9,821.79
    One Drill$327.39$327.39$327.39$327.39$327.39
    Four Drills$1,309.57$1,309.57$1,309.57$1,309.57$1,309.57
    W-3$8,447.03$8,447.03$8,447.03$8,447.03$8,447.03
    One Drill$281.57$281.57$281.57$281.57$281.57
    Four Drills$1,126.27$1,126.27$1,126.27$1,126.27$1,126.27
    W-2$7,111.73$7,111.73$7,111.73$7,111.73$7,111.73
    One Drill$237.06$237.06$237.06$237.06$237.06
    Four Drills$948.23$948.23$948.23$948.23$948.23
    W-1$6,462.86$6,462.86$6,462.86$6,462.86$6,462.86
    One Drill$215.43$215.43$215.43$215.43$215.43
    Four Drills$861.71$861.71$861.71$861.71$861.71
    E-9$8,970.30$9,419.40$9,419.40$9,891.22$9,891.22
    One Drill$299.01$313.98$313.98$329.71$329.71
    Four Drills$1,196.04$1,255.92$1,255.92$1,318.83$1,318.83
    E-8$7,437.43$7,437.43$7,437.43$7,437.43$7,437.43
    One Drill$247.91$247.91$247.91$247.91$247.91
    Four Drills$991.66$991.66$991.66$991.66$991.66
    E-7$6,515.56$6,515.56$6,515.56$6,515.56$6,515.56
    One Drill$217.19$217.19$217.19$217.19$217.19
    Four Drills$868.74$868.74$868.74$868.74$868.74
    E-6$4,856.45$4,856.45$4,856.45$4,856.45$4,856.45
    One Drill$161.88$161.88$161.88$161.88$161.88
    Four Drills$647.53$647.53$647.53$647.53$647.53
    E-5$4,076.29$4,076.29$4,076.29$4,076.29$4,076.29
    One Drill$135.88$135.88$135.88$135.88$135.88
    Four Drills$543.51$543.51$543.51$543.51$543.51
    E-4$3,197.34$3,197.34$3,197.34$3,197.34$3,197.34
    One Drill$106.58$106.58$106.58$106.58$106.58
    Four Drills$426.31$426.31$426.31$426.31$426.31
    E-3$2,680.08$2,680.08$2,680.08$2,680.08$2,680.08
    One Drill$89.34$89.34$89.34$89.34$89.34
    Four Drills$357.34$357.34$357.34$357.34$357.34
    E-2$2,260.96$2,260.96$2,260.96$2,260.96$2,260.96
    One Drill$75.37$75.37$75.37$75.37$75.37
    Four Drills$301.46$301.46$301.46$301.46$301.46
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    About Drill Pay

    Drill pay is part of the total compensation available to National Guard and reserve soldiers performing drilling and other training duties. National Guard and reserve soldiers perform a minimum of one-weekend drill per month and two weeks per year of active duty for training.

    • A drill period is defined as four hours.
    • There are four drill periods in one-weekend drill (16 hours per weekend or eight hours per day).
    • Pay is equal to one day of active-duty base pay for each drill period (four day’s active-duty pay for a weekend duty).
    • Pay is based on two weeks of training each year and one weekend each month.
    • A prorated basic pay is given for training events that last longer than one weekend, and compensation is based hourly for completed work.
    • If placed on active duty, compensation is the same basic pay as active-duty counterparts.
    • Drill pay compensation depends on the length of service and rank.

    The drill pay charts are for all military service reserve and Guard branches: Army Reserve, Army National Guard, Marine Corps Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard and Coast Guard Reserve.

    Federal Benefits of Reserve and National Guard Members

    • Eligibility for VA home loans
    • Military retirement plan
    • Low-cost health insurance plans
    • Free-space-available air travel
    • (Re)-enlistment bonus
    • Base exchange and commissary shopping privileges
    • Legal assistance
    • Access to military clothing stores
    • Official library service
    • Use of military recreation facilities
    • U.S. citizenship eligibility
    • State benefits, where available
    Written by Veteran.com Team