Seeing how much service members were paid in the past gives us a small glimpse of what our economy’s history.
It’s interesting to see how military pay today compares to what service members made in the past.
Check out these military pay charts archived by the Defense Finance Accounting and Service (DFAS).
The charts are based on basic pay, which is the primary compensation offered to United States Armed Forces members. The Department of Defense raises service member pay rates annualy to accommodate cost of living increases.
Some military members may earn more depending on various allowances and special or incentive pay.
Pay tables are presented in .pdf (Acrobat) format.
Historical Military Pay Charts
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