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Military Pay Changes for 2014

It’s that time again when pay changes for all of our soldiers. Some of us will be seeing increases while others will be seeing decreases this year due to lower BAH at a new duty station or recently announced imminent danger pay changes. See what’s in store for your soldier’s paycheck in 2014.

2014 Military Pay Changes

Base Pay Increase

The President authorized a 1% increase in base pay for 2014.

See new pay charts for 2014.

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Changes

It’s important to remember with the housing allowance changes, you are grandfathered into your higher rate if the rate decreases where you are. For example, if you were already stationed at Fort XYZ on December 31st and the BAH for 2014 dropped by $100, you are grandfathered into the old (higher) rate. If the BAH increased by $100, you will receive that increase. The lower rates only affect new soldiers and their families who are PCSing to that post.

Visit the BAH calculator.

Military Clothing Allowance

The new military clothing allowance rates go into effect on October 1st each year. The basic allowance is for soldiers during the first three years of service. The standard allowance is for soldiers after the first three years of service. This allowance is paid annually during the anniversary month.

These allowances are less than they were for FY2013. Costs have not decreased. However, the Army has determined that some items should last longer than previously believed so the cost to replace those items has been prorated over a longer period of time (reducing the annual cost per item).

For the Army, the clothing allowance is as follows:


Basic: $306

Standard: $439.20


Basic: $327.60

Standard: $468

Imminent Danger Pay Changes

As of June 1st, twenty more areas have been excluded from being hazardous areas, which means imminent danger pay ceases to exist for those soldiers. The Pentagon announced the changes citing that they expect to save over $100 million by implementing this.

The areas include:

  • The four water areas of the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, and the Red Sea.
  • The water area and air space above the Persian Gulf.
  • The six land areas and air space above Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia and Montenegro.
  • The nine land areas of East Timor, Liberia, Haiti, Oman, Rwanda, Tajikistan, United Arab Emirates, Kyrgystan and Uzbekistan.

In areas where imminent danger pay remains in tact, soldiers either receive a maximum of $225/month. If a soldier is not in the area for the full month, IDP is prorated at $7.50/day.

Interestingly enough, two areas where we currently don’t have troops deployed remain on the list for IDP – Iran and Syria.

How is this affecting your budget? What do you think about the pay changes for 2014?

About the author: Stacey is an Army wife of a soldier who joined in 2003. He has since been medically retired but she continues to provide information to Army wives and families to make their adjustment to the Army lifestyle easier. Connect with Stacey: Facebook Twitter Pinterest

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  • Elle January 10, 2014, 3:32 am

    Hi Stacey — First time visitor to your site; such great information! I’ve been MTA for 17 yrs (DH has been AGR the last nine). I wanted to let you and your readers know that Special Duty Pay is also being phased out/eliminated for several MOS’. For us personally, that amounts to $300 per month. In February, that amount will drop to $150 per month and continue through the remainder of the year. After that, it’ll be eliminated altogether. Thought you’d like to pass the info along. Here’s a great link with all the details: http://www.armytimes.com/article/20131205/BENEFITS02/312050009/Special-pay-overhaul-affect-thousands-enlisted

    • Stacey Abler January 10, 2014, 1:40 pm

      Wow, another pay decrease! Thanks for the information!

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