In addition to giving you a head start on your career for your commitment, the Army Reserve will take care of you and your family by providing tremendous benefits for part time employment. As a Soldier in the Army Reserve, you’ll earn money for education, cash bonuses, discounted health care, build retirement, and more. All while you pursue your civilian career or continue your education.
Pay and Compensation
Army Reserve Soldiers earn regular paychecks for monthly unit training and annual field training exercises. Find out more about active duty pay.
Your salary will increase as you climb in rank and years of experience.
Pay is based on two weeks of training each year and one weekend each month. Chart reflects Drill Pay only and does not include bonuses, allowances and other benefits. Rank <2 Years 4 Years 6 Years Private (E1) $3,216.15** — — Private (E2) $3,605.49 $3,605.49 $3,605.49 Private First Class (E3) $3,791.34 $4,273.29 $4,273.29 Specialist or Corporal (E4) $4,198.95 $4,888.80 $5,097.33 Sergeant (E5) $4,580.10 $5,365.71 $5,742.45 Staff Sergeant (E6) $4,999.68 $5,979.96 $6,226.29
*Based on 2014 military pay tables.
**Pay for Private (E1) will be slightly lower for first four months of service.
Pay is based on two weeks of training each year and one weekend each month. Chart reflects Drill Pay only and does not include bonuses, allowances and other benefits. Rank <2 Years 4 Years 6 Years Second Lieutenant (O1) $6,100.82 $7,676.55 $7,676.55 First Lieutenant (O2) $7,028.91 $9,531.27 $9,727.83 Captain (O3) $8,135.19 $10,852.38 $11,371.96 Major (O4) $9,252.18 $11,584.44 $12,247.83
*Based on 2014 military pay tables.
The Army Reserve recognizes the value of hard work. As an Army Reserve Soldier, you will have access to thousands of dollars in cash bonuses that would take years to earn in the civilian world.
You may have many opportunities to earn extra money in the Army Reserve, including one-time bonuses for Army Reserve training. To learn what bonuses you are qualified to earn, contact your local Recruiter.
Qualified non-prior service applicants who enlist for six years in the Army Reserve are eligible for up to $20,000 in enlistment bonuses.
Qualified Army Reserve applicants who enlist in a critical-skill specialty for six years may be eligible for a bonus of up to $20,000 through the Army Civilian Acquired Skills program.
A bonus may be available to Army Reserve Officer Candidate School and Warrant Officer candidates in specific specialties. Learn More About Officer Candidate School
Individuals who speak certain Middle Eastern languages and enlist as translator aides in the U.S. Army Selected Reserve may be eligible for a military enlistment bonus. This cannot be combined with any other incentive. Learn More About the Translator Aide Program Learn More About the Army Chaplain Corps
In addition to salary and bonuses, the Army provides for housing, meals and uniforms for Army ReserveSoldiers on active duty status.
NOTE: Bonus amounts, eligibility criteria and qualifying Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) change frequently. To learn what the current bonuses are and bonuses you are qualified to earn, contact your local Recruiter.
As a part time Soldier, you — and your family — are entitled to low-costArmy Reserve life, health and dental insurance. The Army has one of the biggest health care networks in the world, with state-of-the-art technology, world-renowned facilities, and some of the best and brightest staff in the industry.
All eligible members of the Selected Reserve may qualify to purchase coverage under TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS). You must be a member of the Selected Reserve or the Ready Reserve, and you cannot be eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) program (or currently covered under FEHB).
You’ll pay a monthly premium for health care coverage, just like most civilians do in their employer’s health care plans. The monthly premiums are:
TRICARE Reserve Select offers coverage similar to TRICARE Standard and Extra. For more information on your costs and coverage, go to www.tricare.mil and enter your profile in the "My Benefit" portal.
Eligibility for TRICARE Reserve Select is determined by the Defense Enrollment Eligibility System. You can enroll or find out if you qualify for low cost health insurance through the Guard and Reserve website atwww.dmdc.osd.mil. You will soon learn why the Army Reserve offers some of the best part time jobs with health insurance.
*Prices as of 1 Jan 2015
You’re also eligible for the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP), a voluntary, premium-based dental insurance plan, administered by United Concordia Companies, Inc., when you are not activated.
Although your family members are also eligible to enroll in the TRICARE Dental Program during this time, your enrollment will be separate from theirs. If and when you are called to active duty for more than 30 days, your enrollment will be dropped automatically and you will receive dental care as an active duty service member.
For more detailed information about low cost dental insurance benefits, visit United Concordia’s TDP website at TRICARE Dental
Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) is a program of low-cost life insurance available to Soldiers in the Army Reserve. This coverage is available in $50,000 increments up to the maximum of $400,000. Premiums are currently $.065 per $1,000 of insurance, regardless of the member’s age.
Army Reserve Soldiers who are called to active duty service for more than 30 days will receive comprehensive medical and dental care at no cost.
Some members of the Army Reserve, who are issued delayed-effective-date active duty orders for more than 30 days in support of a contingency operation, are eligible for “early” TRICARE medical and dental benefits beginning on the later of either the date their orders were issued or 90 days before they report to active duty.
For complete information about TRICARE benefits for Army Reserve part time Soldiers, visit tricare.mil.