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What is the pay scale for the National Guard?

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Specific pay rates depend on the job, education level and rank in the National Guard. The Guard pays its soldiers for every day served, including training time.

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The United States National Guard performs drills two days a month and goes through annual training exercises two weeks per year. National Guard soldiers are considered on Active Duty while training and are paid as Active Duty soldiers during those times.

National Guard soldiers recruited for Active Duty and deployed receive Active Duty pay and only pay income tax on their base pay. Bonuses, travel and housing allowances and upgrades are not taxable income.

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    Joining the National Guard involves signing a contract and taking an oath, making it highly difficult and at times impossible to de-enlist or quit, so retracting an enlistment into the National Guard or Reserves requires a request for full discharge, which must be submitted to the commanding officer of the member's unit. The request should be submitted in writing and should detail the reasons for the desire to retract the enlistment.

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