Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) provides payment services to the U.S. Department of Defense. Active duty and reserve members have the option to be paid once a month or twice a month. Most servicemembers choose to be paid twice a month. If you select this option, the pay dates are the 15th of the month (the mid-month pay date) and the 1st of the following month (the end-of-month pay day). If the payday falls on a holiday or a weekend, you will be paid on the last business day before the 1st and the 15th.
Pay will be deposited directly into your bank account. The amount deposited is your net pay (“take-home” amount) which is your gross pay minus any applicable deductions including:
Below are the military paydays for 2017. These dates cover all military branches including:
Budgeting Your Military Pay Check
Your bills seem to arrive in the mail every day, but you only get paid on the 1st and 15th of the month. Here are some tips that can help you stay on track with your payments.
Plan a budget
The first step to getting financially fit is to understand how your money is being spent every pay period. This template for a Bi-weekly Personal Budget plan can help you get started. It breaks down your income and expenses by pay period. Enter your estimated expenses, actual expenses and calculate the difference. You might be surprised at the results. If you’re in the red, take a step back and carefully examine each line item. Identify ways you can “tighten your belt.”
If it looks like you have money left over at the end of the month – good for you! Think of ways you can get the most value out of these funds like paying more than the minimum on your credit card or other loan, or transferring that money to a savings or retirement account.
Pay bills early
By paying your bills when you receive them, even if they are due later in the month, you avoid the temptation of spending money that should be allocated to these essential expenses.
Change payment due dates
Are you sometimes unable to cover some of your bills because the due dates don’t coincide with the dates you get paid? Consider switching the payment due date of some of your bills. Try changing the billing cycles of your credit cards, car loans, utility companies and insurance to dates that align better with your paydays. If you use autopay you may be able to change the date online.
Build an emergency fund
An emergency fund provides an important financial cushion just in case you run short on money between paychecks. Setting up an automatic savings plan is an easy way to build your savings. The premise is to pay yourself first, just as if you were your own bill. Read this Omni article for more information on how automatic savings plans work and the benefits of having one.