schedules in the military are based on years of service
and a pre-assigned pay grade. Pay schedules also differ
for commissioned officers, commissioned officers with past
active duty experience, warrant officers and enlisted personnel.
An enlisted member
of the military at a mid-level pay grade and less than two
years of experience is paid approximately $1,500 a month
or $18,000 a year. In addition to salary, most active military
are either provided housing and meals on a military base
or given a basic allowance for housing and subsistence for
themselves and their dependents in the area they are assigned.
estimated that the Pentagon spent more than $80 billion
on U.S. military personnel and an additional $4 billion
on military family housing in 2002.
Department of Defense, Center for Defense Information