Military Rates
If you are an Active Duty Enlisted Service Member or Commissioned Officer on sea duty, you are entitled to Career Sea Pay while you serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard.
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Eligibility and Pay

Active duty enlisted service members or commissioned officers on sea duty are entitled to Career Sea Pay of up to $750 per month. Your actual pay depends on rank and number of years served at sea. The amount is taxed, unless you are serving in a designated tax-free zone.

Once a service member has served 36 months of consecutive sea duty, he/she is entitled to Career Sea Pay Premium for the 37th month and each consecutive month thereafter.

Members of all branches serving on ships or ship-based aviation units are eligible for Career Sea Pay and Sea Pay Premium.

For current information about Career Sea Pay and Sea Pay Premium rates (for officers and enlisted service members) click one of the following links:

The rates reflect a monthly amount which is added to basic pay and is distributed on the 1st and 15th day of the month. If the 1st or 15th fall on a weekend or national holiday, payment will be made the working day prior. is not a government website and is not affiliated with any branch of the U.S. Military.

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