Americana wrote:Speaking of which... anyone have any idea what our pay will be like at JAOBC (i.e., based on a salary of X dollars / year)? My firm has hinted that they will supplement that amount to keep me in line with my current salary--which would be very big of them since they could just tell me to screw off...
I trade e-mails with a guy in the USAR in late 2009 (he was in the 178th JAOBC) and got the skinny on pay during JAOBC:
Look up base pay for a new O-2 (Army Times has a good page). FY11 it is $3,207.30.
A big one (potentially) is your BAH (based on your home of residence). Use an online calculator to figure out what it is. For my neck of the woods (DC area) BAH is worth a lot (approx. $2,400 for an O-2 with dependents). This is not taxed.
You will get BAS (~$225/month, not taxed)
If you are married you will get family separation after 30 days ($250/month, not taxed)
You get $2/day for laundry.
You get a per diem for food. (http://www.gsa.gov/portal/category/21287
In 2009 it was $39/day at Ft. Lee and $44 in C-ville. (I think it looks like Ft. Lee is $46 and C-ville is currently $56)
Food options are Ft. Lee are apparently limited so most meals you get at at the officer's club so there isn't much extra left. In C-ville you can keep whatever you don't use (so if you can get by with $10/day on food you get to keep the remaining $34). People who stay at the Residence Inn (down the hill from school, usually married folks that are going to have family visit during JAOBC) have kitchenettes and there is a full breakfast every morning and a "lite" dinner that can sometimes substitute for a meal. You can really reduce your food consumption here.
Summary: In FY09 this 1LT said he was bringing home about $5k/month after taxes (he has two dependents so four exemptions).
It might be worth reaching out to one of the current bloggers from armystrongstories to see what kind of numbers they can give you.
Hope this helps.
[I'm in the hopper- after a glitch with my application for the 4/15 USAR application, I'm set to apply for the 9/30 one.]