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Military Pay Chart 1968

1968 US Military Basic Pay Charts

June 11, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Executive Order 11414. The E.O. adjusted the rates of monthly basic pay for the uniformed members of the Armed Forces upward by 6.9%.

The United States military pay scales below became effective on July 1, 1968 and continued to be in effect until June 30, 1969. It is the basic pay amounts for the active components of the Navy, Marines, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard.

An interesting tidbit from the same year; earlier in 1968, on January 2, as the Vietnam War was really starting to escalate, Public Law 90-235 was approved. In the law it states, "The Secretary concerned shall conduct intensive recruiting campaigns to obtain enlistments in the Regular Army, Regular Navy, Regular Air Force, Regular Marine Corps, and Regular Coast Guard." The law also stated, "No person who is insane, intoxicated, or a deserter from an armed force, or who has been convicted of a felony, may be enlisted in any armed force. However, the Secretary concerned may authorize exceptions, in meritorious cases, for the enlistment of deserters and persons convicted of felonies."

The pay rates are monthly, US dollar.

1968 Basic Living Allowances
1968 Sea Pay Chart
1968 Hazardous Duty Pay Chart
1968 Officer Pay Chart

1968 Enlisted Basic Military Pay Chart

Enlisted pay chart for less than 2 to over 6 years of service.
Pay GradeYears of Service
Less than 2Over 2Over 3Over 4Over 6
E-7303.90364.20377.70391.20404.40
E-6261.90318.00331.20344.70358.20
E-5226.20278.70291.90304.80324.90
E-4190.20238.50251.70271.50285.00
E-3137.70192.00205.50218.70218.70
E-2113.40159.00159.00159.00159.00
E-1109.50145.00145.00145.00145.00
E-1 with less than
4 months of service
102.30 
Enlisted pay chart for 8 to over 16 years of service.
Pay GradeYears of Service
Over 8Over 10Over 12Over 14Over 16
E-9 576.30589.50603.30606.50
E-8483.60497.10510.30523.80537.00
E-7417.30430.50444.30464.10477.30
E-6371.10384.60404.40417.30430.50
E-5338.10351.30364.20371.10371.10
E-4285.00285.00285.00285.00285.00
E-3218.70218.70218.70218.70218.70
E-2159.00159.00159.00159.00159.00
E-1145.00145.00145.00145.00145.00
Enlisted pay chart for 18 to over 26 years of service.
Pay GradeYears of Service
Over 18Over 20Over 22Over 24Over 26
E-9630.00642.60676.50676.50742.20
E-8549.90563.40596.70596.70663.00
E-7490.50497.10530.40530.40596.70
E-6437.40437.40437.40437.40437.40
E-5371.10371.10371.10371.10371.10
E-4285.00285.00285.00285.00285.00
E-3218.70218.70218.70218.70218.70
E-2159.00159.00159.00159.00159.00
E-1145.00145.00145.00145.00145.00

1968 Officer Basic Military Pay Chart

Officer pay chart for under 2 years to 6 years of service.
Pay GradeYears of Service
Under 2Over 2Over 3Over 4Over 6
O-10
See Note 1
1607.701664.401664.401664.401664.40
O-9
See Note 1
1425.001462.201493.701493.701493.70
O-81290.601329.301360.801360.801360.80
O-71072.201145.401145.401145.401196.40
O-6794.40873.30930.30930.30930.30
O-5635.40746.70797.70797.70797.70
O-4536.10652.20696.30696.30708.60
O-3498.30556.80594.60658.50689.70
O-2399.30474.30569.70588.60600.90
O-1343.20379.80474.30474.30474.30
Commissioned Officer With Over 4 Years of Active Service as an Enlisted Member or Warrant Officer
O-3E 658.50689.70
O-2E 588.60600.90
O-1E 474.30506.40
Warrant Officers
 Under 2Over 2Over 3Over 4Over 6
W-4507.30544.20544.20556.80582.00
W-3461.10500.40500.40506.40512.70
W-2403.80436.80436.80449.40474.30
W-1336.60386.10386.10417.90436.80
Officer pay chart for 8 years to 16 years of service.
Pay GradeYears of Service
Over 8Over 10Over 12Over 14Over 16
O-10
See Note 1
1728.001728.001860.601860.601993.80
O-9
See Note 1
1531.201531.201594.801594.801728.00
O-81462.201462.201531.201531.201594.80
O-71196.401265.701267.701329.301462.20
O-6930.30930.30930.30962.101113.90
O-5797.70822.60866.40924.30993.60
O-4740.40790.80835.20873.30911.40
O-3714.90753.30790.80810.00810.00
O-2600.90600.90600.90600.90600.90
O-1474.30474.30474.30474.30474.30
Commissioned Officer With Over 4 Years of Active Service as an Enlisted Member or Warrant Officer
O-3E714.90753.30790.80822.60822.60
O-2E620.10652.20677.40696.30696.30
O-1E525.30544.20563.10588.60588.60
Warrant Officers
 Over 8Over 10Over 12Over 14Over 16
W-4607.50632.70677.40708.60734.10
W-3550.20582.00600.90620.10638.70
W-2500.40519.30537.90565.80576.00
W-1455.70474.30493.80512.70531.60
Officer pay chart for 18 years to 26 years of service.
Pay GradeYears of Service
Over 18Over 20Over 22Over 24Over 26
O-10
See Note 1
1993.802126.702126.702126.702259.60
O-9
See Note 1
1728.001860.601860.601860.601993.80
O-81664.401728.001797.601797.601797.60
O-71563.001563.001563.001563.001563.00
O-61170.901196.401265.701265.701373.10
O-51050.601082.101120.201120.201120.20
O-4936.90936.90936.90936.90936.90
O-3810.00810.00810.00810.00810.00
O-2600.90600.90600.90600.90600.90
O-1474.30474.30474.30474.30474.30
Commissioned Officer With Over 4 Years of Active Service as an Enlisted Member or Warrant Officer
O-3E822.60822.60822.60822.60822.60
O-2E696.30696.30696.30696.30696.30
O-1E588.60588.60588.60588.60588.60
Warrant Officers
 Over 18Over 20Over 22Over 24Over 26
W-4753.30778.20804.00804.00866.40
W-3658.50683.70708.60708.60734.10
W-2594.60613.50638.70638.70638.70
W-1520.30569.70569.70569.70569.70

NOTE 1. Pay Grades O-9, O-10 and Fleet Admiral(O-10) received an additional "Personal Money Allowance" of $41.67, $183.33 and $333.33, respectively. While in Pay Grade O-9, serving as a member of the United Nations, the Personal Money Allowance of $225.00 was authorized. The Chief of Naval Operations pay remains $2807.10, regardless of time in service.

The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy's basic pay is $904.20 regardless of cumulative years of service.

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E pay scale is Enlisted, W scale is Warrant Officer, O scale is Commissioned Officer.
Effective July 1, 1968 through June 30, 1969.

1968 Basic Military Pay Chart archive for active personnel of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.
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