(WTVM) - Men and women in uniform are a month and a half away from their largest pay increase in almost a decade.
A hike of 2.6 percent was included in the new military spending bill signed by President Trump Monday.
He emphasized the importance of the raise, saying troops deserve the tools, equipment and resources they have earned with their blood, sweat and tears.
Military.com estimates that junior enlisted service members will see a boost of just under $700 annually, while senior enlisted and junior officers will get roughly $1,300 more.
The pay raise will go into effect on Oct. 1.
The last substantial increase came in 2010 when troops were given a raise of just under 3.5 percent.