2021 Drill Pay Charts (3.0% Proposed Pay Raise) – National Guard & Reserve Pay

The proposed Defense Budget includes a 3.0% pay raise for all military members, including members of the Guard and Reserves....

The proposed Defense Budget includes a 3.0% pay raise for all military members, including members of the Guard and Reserves. We have made this 2021 drill pay chart based on the 2020 Drill Pay chart combined with the 3.0% pay raise. It’s important to know that the pay raise is only a proposal until it is voted into law. If approved, the new pay charts will go into effect on January 1, 2021, and you will see them in your first paycheck of the year, which should go out on January 15, 2021.

The 3.0% pay raise comes on the heels of a 3.1% annual cost of living adjustment for 2020, which was the largest pay raise since 2010. Here are the active duty 2020 military pay charts to see how much your pay has increased by dollar amount.

How to Read These Drill Pay Charts:

These drill pay tables apply to members of the Reserve Component (collectively, the National Guard and Reserves). These charts only include basic military pay and do not include non-taxable allowances such as BAH or BAS.

These charts include the base pay for each paygrade as well as the amount of drill pay for both a single drill and 4 drill periods. A single drill is 1/30th the amount of the monthly base pay. A standard drill weekend concludes 4 drill periods.

You can see the standard active duty 2021 military pay charts here.

When Do I Get Paid?

Active duty military members and activated members of the National Guard and Reserves are paid on the 1st and 15th of each month, with the exception if when those dates fall on a weekend or holiday. If so, you will be paid on the preceding business day. Traditional members of the Guard and Reserves may be paid on a different schedule, depending on when they serve their drills or perform various duty assignments. Drill checks usually arrive within a week or so after performing your drills. You can contact your finance or accounting office for more specific details.

Here are the standard military pay dates:

2020 Drill Pay Charts – Officers, Prior Enlisted Officers, and Warrant Officers

Here are the 2020 drill pay scales for officers, prior-enlisted officers, and warrant officers serving in the National Guard and Reserves.

2020 Drill Pay Chart – Officers and Warrant Officers 0 Years – 10 Years

Pay Grade 2 3 4 6 8 10
O-7 9414.30 9851.54 10053.93 10214.92 10506.00 10793.99 11126.78
1 Drill 313.81 328.38 335.13 340.50 350.20 359.80 370.89
4 Drills 1255.24 1313.54 1340.52 1361.99 1400.80 1439.20 1483.57
O-6 7139.14 7843.04 8357.83 8357.83 8389.66 8749.34 8796.92
1 Drill 237.97 261.43 278.59 278.59 279.66 291.64 293.23
4 Drills 951.88 1045.74 1114.38 1114.38 1118.62 1166.58 1172.92
O-5 5951.34 6704.37 7168.18 7255.63 7545.47 7718.51 8099.51
1 Drill 198.38 223.48 238.94 241.85 251.52 257.28 269.98
4 Drills 793.51 893.92 955.76 967.42 1006.06 1029.13 1079.93
O-4 5134.96 5943.92 6340.99 6429.05 6797.07 7192.28 7684.21
1 Drill 171.17 198.13 211.37 214.30 226.57 239.74 256.14
4 Drills 684.66 792.52 845.47 857.21 906.28 958.97 1024.56
O-3 4514.80 5117.66 5523.38 6022.72 6311.63 6628.05 6832.92
1 Drill 150.49 170.59 184.11 200.76 210.39 220.94 227.76
4 Drills 601.97 682.35 736.45 803.03 841.55 883.74 911.06
O-2 3901.13 4442.80 5116.73 5289.77 5398.54 5398.54 5398.54
1 Drill 130.04 148.09 170.56 176.33 179.95 179.95 179.95
4 Drills 520.15 592.37 682.23 705.30 719.81 719.81 719.81
O-1 3385.71 3524.45 4260.49 4260.49 4260.49 4260.49 4260.49
1 Drill 112.86 117.48 142.02 142.02 142.02 142.02 142.02
4 Drills 451.43 469.93 568.07 568.07 568.07 568.07 568.07
Prior Enlisted Officers
Pay Grade 2 3 4 6 8 10
O-3E - - - 6022.72 6311.63 6628.05 6832.92
1 Drill - - - 200.76 210.39 220.94 227.76
4 Drills - - - 803.03 841.55 883.74 911.06
O-2E - - - 5289.77 5398.54 5570.34 5860.49
1 Drill - - - 176.33 179.95 185.68 195.35
4 Drills - - - 705.30 719.81 742.71 781.40
O-1E - - - 4260.49 4549.41 4717.50 4889.62
1 Drill - - - 142.02 151.65 157.25 162.99
4 Drills - - - 568.07 606.59 629.00 651.95
Warrant Officers
Pay Grade 2 3 4 6 8 10
W-4 4665.90 5018.78 5162.77 5304.60 5548.71 5790.35 6035.08
1 Drill 155.53 167.29 172.09 176.82 184.96 193.01 201.17
4 Drills 622.12 669.17 688.37 707.28 739.83 772.05 804.68
W-3 4261.11 4438.48 4620.79 4680.42 4870.77 5246.51 5637.40
1 Drill 142.04 147.95 154.03 156.01 162.36 174.88 187.91
4 Drills 568.15 591.80 616.10 624.06 649.44 699.53 751.65
W-2 3770.42 4127.00 4236.70 4312.10 4556.51 4936.58 5125.07
1 Drill 125.68 137.57 141.22 143.74 151.88 164.55 170.84
4 Drills 502.72 550.27 564.89 574.95 607.54 658.21 683.34
W-1 3309.39 3665.98 3761.46 3963.85 4203.02 4555.90 4720.28
1 Drill 110.31 122.20 125.38 132.13 140.10 151.86 157.34
4 Drills 441.25 488.80 501.53 528.51 560.40 607.45 629.37

2020 Drill Pay Chart – Officers and Warrant Officers 12 Years – 26 Years

Pay Grade 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26
O-7 11458.34 11791.13 12836.79 13719.29 13719.29 13719.29 13719.29 13789.74
1 Drill 381.94 393.04 427.89 457.31 457.31 457.31 457.31 459.66
4 Drills 1527.78 1572.15 1711.57 1829.24 1829.24 1829.24 1829.24 1838.63
O-6 8796.92 9296.57 10180.62 10699.13 11217.63 11512.72 11811.83 12390.90
1 Drill 293.23 309.89 339.35 356.64 373.92 383.76 393.73 413.03
4 Drills 1172.92 1239.54 1357.42 1426.55 1495.68 1535.03 1574.91 1652.12
O-5 8379.46 8740.68 9293.18 9555.83 9816.00 10111.10 10111.10 10111.10
1 Drill 279.32 291.36 309.77 318.53 327.20 337.04 337.04 337.04
4 Drills 1117.26 1165.42 1239.09 1274.11 1308.80 1348.15 1348.15 1348.15
O-4 8066.75 8332.49 8485.45 8573.82 8573.82 8573.82 8573.82 8573.82
1 Drill 268.89 277.75 282.85 285.79 285.79 285.79 285.79 285.79
4 Drills 1075.57 1111.00 1131.39 1143.18 1143.18 1143.18 1143.18 1143.18
O-3 7169.42 7345.24 7345.24 7345.24 7345.24 7345.24 7345.24 7345.24
1 Drill 238.98 244.84 244.84 244.84 244.84 244.84 244.84 244.84
4 Drills 955.92 979.37 979.37 979.37 979.37 979.37 979.37 979.37
O-2 5398.54 5398.54 5398.54 5398.54 5398.54 5398.54 5398.54 5398.54
1 Drill 179.95 179.95 179.95 179.95 179.95 179.95 179.95 179.95
4 Drills 719.81 719.81 719.81 719.81 719.81 719.81 719.81 719.81
O-1 4260.49 4260.49 4260.49 4260.49 4260.49 4260.49 4260.49 4260.49
1 Drill 142.02 142.02 142.02 142.02 142.02 142.02 142.02 142.02
4 Drills 568.07 568.07 568.07 568.07 568.07 568.07 568.07 568.07
Prior Enlisted Officers
Pay Grade 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26
O-3E 7169.42 7453.39 7616.85 7839.02 7839.02 7839.02 7839.02 7839.02
1 Drill 238.98 248.45 253.90 261.30 261.30 261.30 261.30 261.30
4 Drills 955.92 993.79 1015.58 1045.20 1045.20 1045.20 1045.20 1045.20
O-2E 6084.83 6251.69 6251.69 6251.69 6251.69 6251.69 6251.69 6251.69
1 Drill 202.83 208.39 208.39 208.39 208.39 208.39 208.39 208.39
4 Drills 811.31 833.56 833.56 833.56 833.56 833.56 833.56 833.56
O-1E 5058.33 5289.77 5289.77 5289.77 5289.77 5289.77 5289.77 5289.77
1 Drill 168.61 176.33 176.33 176.33 176.33 176.33 176.33 176.33
4 Drills 674.44 705.30 705.30 705.30 705.30 705.30 705.30 705.30
Warrant Officers
Pay Grade 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26
W-5 - - - - 8296.34 8716.89 9030.53 9377.22
1 Drill - - - - 276.54 290.56 301.02 312.57
4 Drills - - - - 1106.18 1162.25 1204.07 1250.30
W-4 6402.48 6725.08 7031.91 7283.44 7528.48 7888.15 8183.56 8520.98
1 Drill 213.42 224.17 234.40 242.78 250.95 262.94 272.79 284.03
4 Drills 853.66 896.68 937.59 971.13 1003.80 1051.75 1091.14 1136.13
W-3 5821.56 6034.77 6253.85 6648.75 6915.11 7074.25 7243.58 7474.40
1 Drill 194.05 201.16 208.46 221.63 230.50 235.81 241.45 249.15
4 Drills 776.21 804.64 833.85 886.50 922.01 943.23 965.81 996.59
W-2 5310.17 5536.97 5714.34 5874.71 6066.91 6193.29 6293.09 6293.09
1 Drill 177.01 184.57 190.48 195.82 202.23 206.44 209.77 209.77
4 Drills 708.02 738.26 761.91 783.29 808.92 825.77 839.08 839.08
W-1 4950.80 5177.30 5355.59 5519.36 5718.66 5718.66 5718.66 5718.66
1 Drill 165.03 172.58 178.52 183.98 190.62 190.62 190.62 190.62
4 Drills 660.11 690.31 714.08 735.91 762.49 762.49 762.49 762.49

2020 Drill Pay Chart – Officers and Warrant Officers 28 Years – 40 Years

Pay Grade 28 30 32 34 36 38 40
O-7 5937.65 6103.78 6298.25 6495.89 6810.34 7077.69 7357.45
1 Drill 197.92 203.46 209.94 216.53 227.01 235.92 245.25
4 Drills 791.69 813.84 839.77 866.12 908.05 943.69 980.99
O-6 5093.27 5248.91 5418.23 5723.13 5877.49 6140.38 6286.47
1 Drill 169.78 174.96 180.61 190.77 195.92 204.68 209.55
4 Drills 679.10 699.85 722.43 763.08 783.67 818.72 838.20
O-5 4698.62 4902.95 5042.03 5190.35 5247.64 5440.83 5544.26
1 Drill 156.62 163.43 168.07 173.01 174.92 181.36 184.81
4 Drills 626.48 653.73 672.27 692.05 699.68 725.44 739.24
O-4 4238.08 4310.97 4364.12 4426.18 4426.18 4426.18 4426.18
1 Drill 141.27 143.70 145.47 147.54 147.54 147.54 147.54
4 Drills 565.08 574.80 581.88 590.16 590.16 590.16 590.16
O-3 3715.17 3715.17 3715.17 3715.17 3715.17 3715.17 3715.17
1 Drill 123.84 123.84 123.84 123.84 123.84 123.84 123.84
4 Drills 495.36 495.36 495.36 495.36 495.36 495.36 495.36
O-2 2913.76 2913.76 2913.76 2913.76 2913.76 2913.76 2913.76
1 Drill 97.13 97.13 97.13 97.13 97.13 97.13 97.13
4 Drills 388.50 388.50 388.50 388.50 388.50 388.50 388.50
O-1 2443.04 2443.04 2443.04 2443.04 2443.04 2443.04 2443.04
1 Drill 81.43 81.43 81.43 81.43 81.43 81.43 81.43
4 Drills 325.74 325.74 325.74 325.74 325.74 325.74 325.74
Prior Enlisted Officers
Pay Grade 28 30 32 34 36 38 40
O-3E 7839.02 7839.02 7839.02 7839.02 7839.02 7839.02 7839.02
1 Drill 261.30 261.30 261.30 261.30 261.30 261.30 261.30
4 Drills 1045.20 1045.20 1045.20 1045.20 1045.20 1045.20 1045.20
O-2E 6251.69 6251.69 6251.69 6251.69 6251.69 6251.69 6251.69
1 Drill 208.39 208.39 208.39 208.39 208.39 208.39 208.39
4 Drills 833.56 833.56 833.56 833.56 833.56 833.56 833.56
O-1E 5289.77 5289.77 5289.77 5289.77 5289.77 5289.77 5289.77
1 Drill 176.33 176.33 176.33 176.33 176.33 176.33 176.33
4 Drills 705.30 705.30 705.30 705.30 705.30 705.30 705.30
Warrant Officers
Pay Grade 28 30 32 34 36 38 40
W-5 9377.22 9846.90 9846.90 10338.52 10338.52 10856.41 10856.41
1 Drill 312.57 328.23 328.23 344.62 344.62 361.88 361.88
4 Drills 1250.30 1312.92 1312.92 1378.47 1378.47 1447.52 1447.52
W-4 8520.98 8690.93 8690.93 8690.93 8690.93 8690.93 8690.93
1 Drill 284.03 289.70 289.70 289.70 289.70 289.70 289.70
4 Drills 1136.13 1158.79 1158.79 1158.79 1158.79 1158.79 1158.79
W-3 7474.40 7474.40 7474.40 7474.40 7474.40 7474.40 7474.40
1 Drill 249.15 249.15 249.15 249.15 249.15 249.15 249.15
4 Drills 996.59 996.59 996.59 996.59 996.59 996.59 996.59
W-2 6293.09 6293.09 6293.09 6293.09 6293.09 6293.09 6293.09
1 Drill 209.77 209.77 209.77 209.77 209.77 209.77 209.77
4 Drills 839.08 839.08 839.08 839.08 839.08 839.08 839.08
W-1 5718.66 5718.66 5718.66 5718.66 5718.66 5718.66 5718.66
1 Drill 190.62 190.62 190.62 190.62 190.62 190.62 190.62
4 Drills 762.49 762.49 762.49 762.49 762.49 762.49 762.49

Officer Pay Notes

Combat Zone Tax Exclusion Pay:

Academy Cadets & ROTC Basic Pay:

  • Basic pay rate for Academy Cadets/Midshipmen and ROTC members/applicants is $1,150.50.

Prior Enlisted Officer Pay Qualifications:

  • Prior enlisted officers may be eligible for a higher pay rate based on time in service and other criteria. To qualify for O-1E – O-3E pay, officers must have served at least 4 years and 1 day on active duty, or have more than 1460 points as a warrant officer and/or enlisted member.

2020 Drill Pay Charts – Enlisted Members

Here are the drill pay charts for enlisted members of the National Guard and Reserves.

2020 Drill Pay Chart – Enlisted Members 0 Years – 10 Years

Pay Grade 2 3 4 6 8 10
E-9 - - - - - - 5637.09
1 Drill - - - - - - 187.90
4 Drills - - - - - - 751.61
E-8 - - - - - 4614.61 4818.55
1 Drill - - - - - 153.82 160.62
4 Drills - - - - - 615.28 642.47
E-7 3207.73 3500.97 3635.39 3812.44 3951.18 4189.42 4323.84
1 Drill 106.92 116.70 121.18 127.08 131.71 139.65 144.13
4 Drills 427.70 466.80 484.72 508.33 526.82 558.59 576.51
E-6 2774.51 3053.23 3187.95 3318.97 3455.55 3762.69 3882.89
1 Drill 92.48 101.77 106.27 110.63 115.18 125.42 129.43
4 Drills 369.93 407.10 425.06 442.53 460.74 501.69 517.72
E-5 2541.53 2713.02 2844.04 2978.14 3187.34 3405.49 3585.33
1 Drill 84.72 90.43 94.80 99.27 106.24 113.52 119.51
4 Drills 338.87 361.74 379.20 397.09 424.98 454.07 478.04
E-4 2330.48 2449.75 2582.31 2713.64 2828.90 2828.90 2828.90
1 Drill 77.68 81.66 86.08 90.45 94.30 94.30 94.30
4 Drills 310.73 326.63 344.31 361.82 377.19 377.19 377.19
E-3 2103.98 2236.23 2371.88 2371.88 2371.88 2371.88 2371.88
1 Drill 70.13 74.54 79.06 79.06 79.06 79.06 79.06
4 Drills 280.53 298.16 316.25 316.25 316.25 316.25 316.25
E-2 2000.78 2000.78 2000.78 2000.78 2000.78 2000.78 2000.78
1 Drill 66.69 66.69 66.69 66.69 66.69 66.69 66.69
4 Drills 266.77 266.77 266.77 266.77 266.77 266.77 266.77
E-1 1785.09 - - - - - -
1 Drill 59.50 - - - - - -
4 Drills 238.01 - - - - - -
E-1 1650.37 - - - - - -
1 Drill 55.01 - - - - - -
4 Drills 220.05 - - - - - -

2020 Drill Pay Chart – Enlisted Members 12 Years – 26 Years

Pay Grade 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 26
E-9 5,764.70 5,926.00 6,114.80 6,306.69 6,611.98 6,871.54 7,143.15 7,560.30
1 Drill 192.16 197.53 203.83 210.22 220.40 229.05 238.11 252.01
4 Drills 768.63 790.13 815.31 840.89 881.60 916.21 952.42 1,008.04
E-8 4,944.93 5,096.03 5,260.42 5,556.44 5,706.30 5,961.54 6,103.37 6,451.92
1 Drill 164.83 169.87 175.35 185.21 190.21 198.72 203.45 215.06
4 Drills 659.32 679.47 701.39 740.86 760.84 794.87 813.78 860.26
E-7 4,561.77 4,760.15 4,895.18 5,039.17 5,094.79 5,282.36 5,382.78 5,765.32
1 Drill 152.06 158.67 163.17 167.97 169.83 176.08 179.43 192.18
4 Drills 608.24 634.69 652.69 671.89 679.31 704.31 717.70 768.71
E-6 4,114.64 4,185.41 4,237.01 4,297.26 4,297.26 4,297.26 4,297.26 4,297.26
1 Drill 137.15 139.51 141.23 143.24 143.24 143.24 143.24 143.24
4 Drills 548.62 558.05 564.93 572.97 572.97 572.97 572.97 572.97
E-5 3,606.96 3,606.96 3,606.96 3,606.96 3,606.96 3,606.96 3,606.96 3,606.96
1 Drill 120.23 120.23 120.23 120.23 120.23 120.23 120.23 120.23
4 Drills 480.93 480.93 480.93 480.93 480.93 480.93 480.93 480.93
E-4 2,828.90 2,828.90 2,828.90 2,828.90 2,828.90 2,828.90 2,828.90 2,828.90
1 Drill 94.30 94.30 94.30 94.30 94.30 94.30 94.30 94.30
4 Drills 377.19 377.19 377.19 377.19 377.19 377.19 377.19 377.19
E-3 2,371.88 2,371.88 2,371.88 2,371.88 2,371.88 2,371.88 2,371.88 2,371.88
1 Drill 79.06 79.06 79.06 79.06 79.06 79.06 79.06 79.06
4 Drills 316.25 316.25 316.25 316.25 316.25 316.25 316.25 316.25
E-2 2,000.78 2,000.78 2,000.78 2,000.78 2,000.78 2,000.78 2,000.78 2,000.78
1 Drill 66.69 66.69 66.69 66.69 66.69 66.69 66.69 66.69
4 Drills 266.77 266.77 266.77 266.77 266.77 266.77 266.77 266.77

2020 Drill Pay Chart – Enlisted Members 28 Years – 40 Years

Pay Grade 28 30 32 34 36 38 40
E-9 7560.30 7937.59 7937.59 8334.97 8334.97 8752.43 8752.43
1 Drill 252.01 264.59 264.59 277.83 277.83 291.75 291.75
4 Drills 1008.04 1058.35 1058.35 1111.33 1111.33 1166.99 1166.99
E-8 6451.92 6581.39 6581.39 6581.39 6581.39 6581.39 6581.39
1 Drill 215.06 219.38 219.38 219.38 219.38 219.38 219.38
4 Drills 860.26 877.52 877.52 877.52 877.52 877.52 877.52
E-7 5765.32 5765.32 5765.32 5765.32 5765.32 5765.32 5765.32
1 Drill 192.18 192.18 192.18 192.18 192.18 192.18 192.18
4 Drills 768.71 768.71 768.71 768.71 768.71 768.71 768.71
E-6 4297.26 4297.26 4297.26 4297.26 4297.26 4297.26 4297.26
1 Drill 143.24 143.24 143.24 143.24 143.24 143.24 143.24
4 Drills 572.97 572.97 572.97 572.97 572.97 572.97 572.97
E-5 3606.96 3606.96 3606.96 3606.96 3606.96 3606.96 3606.96
1 Drill 120.23 120.23 120.23 120.23 120.23 120.23 120.23
4 Drills 480.93 480.93 480.93 480.93 480.93 480.93 480.93
E-4 2828.90 2828.90 2828.90 2828.90 2828.90 2828.90 2828.90
1 Drill 94.30 94.30 94.30 94.30 94.30 94.30 94.30
4 Drills 377.19 377.19 377.19 377.19 377.19 377.19 377.19
E-3 2371.88 2371.88 2371.88 2371.88 2371.88 2371.88 2371.88
1 Drill 79.06 79.06 79.06 79.06 79.06 79.06 79.06
4 Drills 316.25 316.25 316.25 316.25 316.25 316.25 316.25
E-2 2000.78 2000.78 2000.78 2000.78 2000.78 2000.78 2000.78
1 Drill 66.69 66.69 66.69 66.69 66.69 66.69 66.69
4 Drills 266.77 266.77 266.77 266.77 266.77 266.77 266.77

About Reserve Component Pay

The Reserve Component consists of the National Guard and Reserves, including the Air Force National Guard and Air Force Reserves, Army National Guard and Army Reserves, Coast Guard Reserves, Marine Corps Reserves, and Navy Reserves.

Guard and Reserve members typically serve “one weekend a month, two weeks a year,” though in practice it performs exactly as described.

Your drill weekend is comprised of 4 drill periods of 4 hours each (two per day). During this time, you will receive pay and points for 4 drill periods.

Here is how your drill pay works:

  • Each Drill Period is 4 hours.
  • Each Drill Weekend consists of 4 Drill Periods. There is a morning Drill and an afternoon Drill for each day on the weekend, each of which is 4 hours long.
  • You earn 1 day of pay and 1 Retirement Point per Drill Period
  • 1 day of pay is equal to 1/30th of the base pay for your pay grade and time in service.
  • Each Drill Weekend is 16 total hours, good for 4 Drill Periods (and 4 Retirement Points).
  • All other service in the Reserve Component is the equivalent of one day of active duty pay (simply divide the monthly pay by 1/30).

More information on Guard & Reserve Points, Retirement, & Compensation:

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