Washington National Guard Pay & Benefits
The Washington Army National Guard offers excellent pay, whether it’s your first job or the next phase in your military career. Your earnings will depend on your rank, job as well as your education level. The higher you go and the longer you stay, the more you make.
Simply put, you will be paid for every day you serve, starting out at over $200 for a drill weekend.
If you have dependents, you may also qualify for an additional housing allowance. More good news: you will only pay income tax on your base pay — any upgrades or bonuses received while serving overseas are exempt, meaning this money all comes straight to you.
It Pays to be in the National Guard.
Life has enough obstacles. The National Guard thinks money shouldn't be one of them. Whether you are seeking additional income, funding for college, job training or another type of financial assistance, your commitment to the Guard will reap big dividends.
The Guard's got your back on the fiscal front.
A flexible life only the Guard can offer.
If your goals include achieving a better work/life balance, the National Guard provides more flexibility than any other service branch. One big difference: the Guard is a part-time commitment. You can maintain a civilian job while drilling just one weekend per month.
As a Guard Soldier, you can live and work wherever you choose within the United States and its territories. Your training takes up just one weekend per month, with a two-week commitment once each year. And all your active years of military service are combined with your Guard service. This keeps you on track for your 20-year retirement.
As a current or former member of the U.S. military, you may qualify for these benefits while in the Guard:
- Possible re-enlistment or extension bonus -Re-enlistment Extension Bonus (REB) — up to $10,000 if you are a Soldier who re-enlists or extends your current term of service. This bonus is based on term, critical skill or unit. Incentive amounts vary. Contact your Career Counselor or Retention NCO for details.
- Pay for college or earn an advanced degree - If you're a current or future college student, you'll appreciate programs like 100% Tuition Assistance and student loan repayment. You may also qualify for the Montgomery G.I. Bill and its supplement, the Kicker, which provide monthly stipends.
- Move up in your current MOS, or under certain specific circumstances, shift into a new MOS
- Learn new skills in our leadership schools - If you're a recent high school grad or an adult looking to change careers, we'll give you on-the-job paid training in the vocation of your choice. You'll not only earn while you learn, but you'll skip the minimum wage jobs and jump straight to the good ones in civilian life.
- Earn retirement benefits - You must serve 20 years in order to receive retirement benefits. If you served in the military before joining the Guard, you will receive credit toward your Guard retirement for all active service time. Because you’re able to hold a civilian job along with your Guard service, your military retirement benefits will be paid in addition to any other retirement benefits you have coming to you. One more reason that your Guard service is a great way to build a solid future.
- Military Service Obligation (MSO) reduction
- Stabilization policy