Currently, the Army National Guard compensation system has over 70 separate types of pay, special pay and allowances. These monetary amounts, paid to an individual in lieu of furnished quarters and subsistence, make up a large majority of a National Guard member’s pay. Allowances are available to any active duty National Guard member at home or abroad, living with or without dependents. The amounts are determined each year based on the terms in The Military Appropriations Act and the Military Authorization Act and can also vary depending on pay. Allowances are based on factors that may include duty station, occupation, deployment status, and pay grade:
- Army Clothing Allowance
- Moving and Relocation Allowance
- Housing Allowance
- Cost of Living Allowance
- Family Allowance
There are a wide range of allowances, some of which are non-taxable. They can be very helpful when meeting the many costs associated with housing, clothing, living expenses and travel. It is not only important to be informed of the many benefits given in the form of allowances, but it is also important to know the requirements for eligibility.