The US Army Reserve
The Army Reserve is an indispensable part of the United States defense strategy. The Army Reserves work in conjunction with the Active Army and the National Guard to ensure the safety and integrity of our Nation.
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Reserve soldiers earn what’s called Unit Training Pay. Unit Training Pay is money you earn while training on weekends and during full-time training events. Unit Training Pay is only part of your total pay as a Soldier in the Army Reserve. There are many other ways to earn additional money in the Army though allowances, bonuses and educational benefits.

Show me the Money

As a Reserve Soldier you are compensated hourly for work completed. Your wages will increase as your rank increases and your years of experience increase. For training events longer than a weekend, you are given a prorated Basic Pay.

Annual Pay for Reserve Soldiers
Rank Years of Army Experience
<2 Years 4 Years 6 Years
Private—E1 $2,363** $2,363 $2,363
Private—E2 $2,809 $2,809 $2,809
Private First Class $2,955 $3,330 $3,330
Specialist or Corporal $3,272 $3,810 $3,972
Sergeant $3,570 $4,181 $4,474

*Pay is based on two weeks of training each year and one weekend each month.
**Pay for Private—E1 will be slightly lower for first four months of service.

Anual Pay for Reserve Officers
Rank Years of Army Experience
<2 Years 4 Years 6 Years
Second Lieutenant $4,755 $5,982 $5,982
First Lieutenant $5,477 $7,428 $7,580
Captain $6,340 $8,457 $8,862
Major $7,426 $9,028 $9,545
Lieutenant Colonel $8,357 $10,188 $10,594


Cost of Living Allowance
In addition to salary and bonuses, the Army provides for housing, meals and uniforms for Army Reserve Soldiers on Active Duty status.

Other Bonuses

In addition to your Unit Training Pay, there are many opportunities to earn additional money in the Army Reserve. This extra money is available if you choose a specific Army job, complete special training, take on extra responsibilities or have served in the military before. This extra money changes in amount frequently. You can find out more information about the different kinds and amounts of bonuses offered by the U.S. Army Reserves in our Incentives section.


Life Insurance

The Serviceman's Group Life Insurance, better known as SGLI, is group term life insurance currently available to all members of the U.S. Army. SGLI is a group life insurance policy purchased by the VA from a commercial life insurance company, and is partially subsidized by the federal government.

SOC - Servicemenbers' Opportunity Colleges
The Servicemembers' Opportunity Colleges are a network of approximately 1,400 colleges and universities whose policies and programs are designed especially to help meet the higher education needs of service members (and their families).

Other Benefits

Modified retirement possible after 20 yrs. of qualifying service

Job Choices
180 jobs to choose from

Medical / Dental Benefits
Medical and dental benefits when on active duty

Job Training Opportunities
Specialized job training (AIT)

Location of duty
Stationed at home unless called to active duty

Work Schedule
Serve one weekend a month and two contiguous weeks a year

Vacation & Leave
Paid vacation only if you are on extended active duty

Social & Recreational Programs
Unlimited access to all military Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) facilities or programs

Commissary Privileges
Unlimited post exchange and commissary privileges Unlimited post exchange privileges and up to 24 commissary visits per year

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