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Military Pay Increase for 1946

To amend the Pay Readjustment Act of 1942, as amended, so as to provide an increase in pay for personnel of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Coast and Geodetic Survey, and Public Health Service.

Public Law 79-474 as Written [1]

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That (a) the first paragraph of section 9 of the Pay Readjustment Act of 1942, as amended, is hereby amended to read as follows:

"The monthly base pay of enlisted men of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard shall be as follows: Enlisted men of the first grade, $165; enlisted men of the second grade, $135; enlisted men of the third grade, $115; enlisted men of the fourth grade, $100; enlisted men of the fifth grade, $90; enlisted men of the sixth grade, $80; and enlisted men of the seventh grade, $75. Chief petty officers under acting appointment shall be included in the first grade at a monthly base pay of $150."

(b) The third paragraph of section 9 of the Pay Readjustment Act of 1942, as amended, is hereby amended to read as follows:

"Every enlisted man paid under the provisions of this section shall receive an increase of 5 per centum of the base pay of his grade for each three years of service up to thirty years. Such service shall be active Federal service in any of the services mentioned in the title of this Act or reserve components thereof; service in the active National Guard of the several States, Territories, and the District of Columbia; and service in the Enlisted Reserve Corps of the Army, the Officers' Reserve Corps of the Army, the Naval Reserve, the Marine Corps Reserve, and the Coast Guard Reserve: Provided, That retired enlisted men heretofore or hereafter retired with credit for thirty years' service in the Army, Navy, or Marine Corps and who served beyond the continental limits of the United States between 1898 and 1912, such service having been computed under previous laws as double time toward retirement, shall be entitled to receive the maximum retired pay now provided for the grade in which retired."

(c) Section 11 of the Act of March 4, 1925 (43 Stat. 1274; 34 U. S. C. 701), is hereby amended to read as follows:

"SEC. 11. That the band of the United States Marine Corps shall consist of one leader whose pay and allowances shall be those of a captain in the Marine Corps ; one second leader whose pay shall be $230 per month and who shall have the allowances of a sergeant major; ten principal musicians whose pay shall be $180 per month; twenty-five first-class musicians whose pay shall be $150 per month; twenty second-class musicians whose pay shall be $120 per month; and ten third-class musicians whose pay shall be $102 per month; such musicians of the band to have the allowances of a sergeant: Provided, That the second leader and musicians of the band shall receive the same increases for length of service and the same enlistment allowance or gratuity for reenlisting as is now or may hereafter be provided for other enlisted men of the Marine Corps: Provided further, That in the event of promotion of the second leader, or a musician of the band, to leader of the band, all service as such second leader, or as such musician of the band, or both, shall be counted in computing longevity increase in pay: And provided further, That hereafter during concert tours approved by the President, members of the Marine Band shall suffer no loss of allowances."

(d) Retired members of the band of the United States Marine Corps and former members of the band of the United States Marine Corps heretofore transferred to the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve shall have their retired pay and retainer pay computed as now authorized by law on the basis of the pay provided in section 11 of the Act of March 4, 1925, as amended by subsection (c) of this Act, which pay shall include increases for all active duty performed since retirement or transfer to the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve in the computation of their longevity pay : Provided, That nothing contained in this Act shall operate to reduce the present pay of any former member of the band of the United States Marine Corps now on the retired list or drawing retainer pay.


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[1]United States Statutes at Large, Volume 60, pg. 343-345, Government Printing Office.

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