One of the first steps in creating a budget is knowing how much money you have coming in, and when. That’s why it’s important to know when you get paid. In general, military pay dates are easy to remember: you usually get paid on the 1st and 15th of each month. Note: Retired military members get paid once a month.
There are exceptions when those dates fall on a weekend or holiday. In those cases, you would get paid on the weekday preceding that weekend or holiday. So if your pay date would be on Sunday the 15th, you would actually receive your pay on Friday the 13th. (I guess sometimes Friday the 13th can be lucky!).
2018 Military Pay Dates
Here are the military pay dates for 2018, including the day you should receive your pay, and the dates your Leave and Earnings Statements (LES) and Net Pay Advice (NPA) should be available through myPay.
|Pay Period||Mid-Month Pay Day||Net Pay Advice Available||End-of-Month Pay Day||LES Available|
|January 2018||Jan. 12||Jan. 5||Feb. 1||Jan. 25|
|February 2018||Feb. 15||Feb. 8||Mar. 1||Feb. 22|
|March 2018||Mar. 15||Mar. 8||Mar. 30||Mar. 23|
|April 2018||Apr. 13||Apr. 6||May 1||Apr. 24|
|May 2018||May 15||May 8||Jun. 1||May 25|
|June 2018||June 15||June 8||Jun. 29||June 22|
|July 2018||July 13||July 6||Aug. 1||July 25|
|August 2018||Aug. 15||Aug. 8||Aug. 31||Aug. 24|
|September 2018||Sep. 14||Sep. 7||Oct. 1||Sep. 24|
|October 2018||Oct. 15||Oct. 8||Nov. 1||Oct. 26|
|November 2018||Nov. 15||Nov. 8||Nov. 30||Nov. 23|
|December 2018||Dec. 14||Dec. 7||Dec. 31||Dec. 24|
The above military pay dates are applicable to all branches of the military, including the Air Force, Air Force Reserves, Air National Guard, Army, Army National Guard, Army Reserves, Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserves, Navy, Navy Reserves, Coast Guard, Coast Guard Reserves, and the Public Health Service.
The Guard and Reserves are listed with the same pay dates: this only applies to those who are serving in the active Guard or active Reserves. Those who serve as Traditional members of the Reserve Corps may have different pay dates for their drill duty or their AT days.
When Will I Receive My Military Paycheck?
Your Military paycheck will normally be available on your payday. However, it may be available a day or two earlier or later, depending on your financial institution. For example, some Military Banks offer military deposits a day or two earlier than the actual pay date. This is common with Navy Federal Credit Union (if you use the Active Duty Checking Account) and USAA Federal Savings, among others. Here is the pdf with the NFCU pay days. Here are the dates military paychecks are available through USAA.
Top Military Banks: Here is our list of the top military banks and credit unions. You may consider choosing to bank with one of these financial institutions if receiving your pay earlier is important to you.
Tracking Your Pay and Benefits:
The military gives service members two forms to track and understand their pay and benefits: Leave and Earnings Statements (LES) and Net Pay Advice (NPA). These can be viewed or downloaded from your myPay account. It’s not a bad idea to keep a copy of these forms to ensure accuracy of your pay and benefits.
Here is the information found on these forms:
- LES: Everything you need to know about your pay and benefits should be found on your LES. It includes your end of month pay information, including gross pay, net pay, state and federal taxes paid, Thrift Savings Plan contributions, other pay & benefits (including BAH, BAS, Per Diem, tax-free pay, Family Separation Pay, Hazardous Pay, bonuses, and other pay and benefits), Days of Leave, and more.
- NPA: Mid-month pay information.
Pay Periods: You get paid for the previous work period. In this case, you get paid on the 15th for work from the 1st – 15th of the month. The pay on the 1st of the following month is for work done from the 16th – the end of the month.
What about partial months? The military considers a month to be 30 days long – this makes it easier for calculating pay and benefits for a partial month of service. So each day of pay is worth 1/30th of your monthly pay and benefits. If you only work part of a pay period you would receive 1/30th of your normal pay and benefits for this period. This is important to know for those times when you PCS, are away on an extended TDY or deployment, or when you separate or retire from the military.