The good news is that military retired and annuity pay dates are easy to remember: You usually receive your pay on the first of the month. The only exception is when the first of the month falls on a weekend or holiday. When it does, retirees are paid on the preceding business day. Annuitants, surviving spouses or family members are paid on the following business day.
2022 Military Retiree and Annuitant Pay Dates
Here are the military retiree pay dates for 2022. You will need to check MyPay for your retiree account statement (RAS).
|Entitlement Month||Retired Pay Date||Annuitant Pay Date|
|December 2021||December 31, 2021||January 3, 2022|
|January 2022||February 1, 2022||February 1, 2022|
|February 2022||March 1, 2022||March 1, 2022|
|March 2022||April 1, 2022||April 1, 2022|
|April 2022||April 29, 2022||May 2, 2022|
|May 2022||June 1, 2022||June 1, 2022|
|June 2022||July 1, 2022||July 1, 2022|
|July 2022||August 1, 2022||August 1, 2022|
|August 2022||September 1, 2022||September 1, 2022|
|September 2022||September 30, 2022||October 3, 2022|
|October 2022||November 1, 2022||November 1, 2022|
|November 2022||December 1, 2022||December 1, 2022|
|December 2022||December 30, 2022||January 3, 2023|
2021 Military Retiree & Annuitant Pay Dates
Here are the military retiree pay dates for 2021. You will need to check MyPay for your retiree account statement (RAS).
|Entitlement Month||Retired Pay Date||Annuitant Pay Date|
|December 2020||December 31, 2020||January 4, 2021|
|January 2021||February 1, 2021||February 1, 2021|
|February 2021||March 1, 2021||March 1, 2021|
|March 2021||April 1, 2021||April 1, 2021|
|April 2021||April 30, 2021||May 3, 2021|
|May 2021||June 1, 2021||June 1, 2021|
|June 2021||July 1, 2021||July 1, 2021|
|July 2021||July 30, 2021||August 2, 2021|
|August 2021||September 1, 2021||September 1, 2021|
|September 2021||October 1, 2021||October 1, 2021|
|October 2021||November 1, 2021||November 1, 2021|
|November 2021||December 1, 2021||December 1, 2021|
|December 2021||December 30, 2021||January 3, 2022|
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, Space Force, Coast Guard, Coast Guard Reserves and the Public Health Service.
When Will I Receive My Military Retirement Paycheck?
Military paychecks are generally available on the payment date. Payments may hit your bank a day or two later.
Some military-friendly banks offer military deposits a day or two earlier than the actual paym date. This is common with Navy Federal Credit Union (if you use the Active Duty Checking Account), among others. Here is the list with the NFCU pay days.
Top Military Banks: Here is our list of the best military banks and credit unions. Consider choosing to bank with one of these financial institutions if receiving your pay earlier is important to you.
Understanding Your Retired Military Pay
Military retirement pay is handled by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, or DFAS. They handle all record-keeping, tracking, payments, etc. Retirees can track their pay on MyPay.
Log on to your MyPay account and view your Retiree Account Statement (RAS), a two-page document the DFAS issues that summarizes your pay, benefits, and any deductions, including allotments.
As a military retiree, you’ll receive a retiree account statement each month, along with an annual RAS in December. MyPay makes the previous 12 RAS statements available to you. If you want to keep a long-term record, download the RAS in PDF format.
You can provide your email address on MyPay and opt-in to receive an email reminder each month when your RAS is available.
Other ways to use MyPay: In addition to tracking and downloading your Retirement Account Statements, you can also use MyPay to download your tax forms, change any allotments you might have, and change your banking or contact information.
Your retirement pay is made in arrears, meaning you receive pay for the previous month.
How Does Your Military Pay Change in Retirement?
Your military retirement pay is based on a complex formula and depends on whether you participate in the Legacy High-3 retirement plan or opted into the Blended Retirement System (BRS). Both calculate your pay using your basic pay (your final basic pay for BRS and the average of your highest 36 months of basic pay for High-3) and your time in service.
You will no longer have your basic allowance for housing (BAH), basic allowance for subsistence (BAS) or other benefits, such as incentive pay or bonuses. However, in 2021, the Department of Defense announced that military retirees would begin receiving an annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA).
You will also have to take into consideration any withholdings, such as taxes, insurance and allotments.
The good news is that many states do not tax military retirement pay, so you may see an unexpected boost.
Here are some additional deductions from your retirement pay that you may see, depending on your situation:
- Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) Premiums: Your SBP premium will be a maximum of 6.5% of your pay. This is deducted from your pay before taxes are calculated.
- Tricare Prime: You are still eligible for Tricare Prime until you qualify for Medicare. You can choose a single or family plan, and the premiums are subject to change annually.
- Tricare for Life: Tricare for Life is the program for those who also have Medicare. The price is based on a single or family plan and is subject to change annually.
- Retiree Dental Insurance: You can choose from several plans. The price is based on your plan, location and number of dependents.
- Veterans Group Life Insurance: You may be eligible to continue your life insurance coverage. If you choose to do so, you can find the rates on the VGLI-Rates tables.
- Possible Withholding of VA Disability Compensation: If you are not eligible for concurrent receipt, you may see a reduction in your retired pay. Learn more about how VA disability compensation affects retirement pay.
- Any allotments.
You can find a full analysis of how your military pay changes when you retire. This is a great resource for planning purposes.