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How Much Does Basic Training Pay?

Learn about basic training pay in this Howcast video with Sergeant Michael Volkin.


Basic training pay could be a confusing topic. Please consult your recruiter for the exact pay that you're going to be getting at basic training, but let's go ahead and start with the basics. Starting in 2012 the lowest enlisted rank, which is an E1, is gonna have a base pay of $1,491 a month. Now you're gonna be paid bi-monthly. So every two weeks you will have half that amount be deposited automatically in your bank account. Set up auto pay before you go because it's mandatory. So if you don't have a bank account, get one. Arrange for someone to pay your bills in your civilian life. A lot of recruits forget about this. You have online bill pay, or auto pay with your bank. Go ahead and get that set up before you even leave. Pay will increase if you have a house, a child, or a spouse. Don't get married just for the extra money guys. Uh, with the price of the engagement ring you're barely gonna break even, believe me. This pay varies widely depending on your situation but can range from $400 to $1,100 per month. So consult your recruiter exactly for the amount you'll be getting because every situation is different. Even though you're working for your government training to serve your country, Uncle Sam still wants his piece of the action so you're gonna have to pay income tax on your base pay. But you will not have to pay on your housing allowance. That's gonna be tax free.

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