Compensation & Benefits

The Navy values its people as our most important asset. The JAG Corps takes care of its Legalmen and their families to ensure we are ready to meet our professional challenges. When you join, you will be assured of an impressive and competitive compensation package.


The Navy JAG Corps offers Legalmen a competitive salary. The total compensation includes basic pay and certain non-taxable allowances, such as those for housing and subsistence. Housing allowances vary according to the cost of living in the area to which you are assigned. Pay increases come with promotion and longevity. For more information regarding basic pay and allowances, visit Military Pay.

Health and Life Insurance


  • 401k-like Thrift Savings Plan. Automatic 1% DoD contribution to the service member’s Thrift Savings Plan, and up to 4% Department of Defense matching contributions.
  • Generous retirement income after 20 years of service.

Time Off

  • 30 days paid vacation each year.
  • 11 paid federal holidays per year.
  • Sick leave for personal medical needs or care of family members and adoption.

Life and Work Balance

The Navy believes life is about balance and fosters an environment where family, wellness, and fitness are priorities.

  • 18 weeks of paid maternity leave for service members who give birth; 12 weeks of parental leave for service members that adopt children or whose spouse has given birth.
  • Subsidized child care, an exceptional family member program, and youth programs.
  • Department of Defense schools in some geographic locations.
  • Recreational discounts and services through Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) programs.
  • Family support services include Family Advocacy, Parenting, Personal Financial Management, Relocation Assistance, Spouse Employment Assistance, Spouse Tuition Aid, and Transition Assistance Programs.


The Navy offers the opportunity of a lifetime to travel and discover the world through temporary and permanent assignments in the continental U.S. and overseas.

Additional Privileges

As a Navy service member, you will benefit from a broad range of peripheral benefits, such as shopping at discounted military stores and dining in specialty clubs around the world.