Typically while serving in the military you are paid on the 1st and 15th of every month.  However, due to weekend and holidays, the actual military pay dates may vary.

Actual paydays vary.  Some paydays are on Mondays, some on Thursdays and even one on a Friday. Check closely to know when you will be paid.

Military Pay Dates 2019

Scheduled Military Pay Date                                    

Tuesday, January 15th

Friday, February 1st

Friday, February 15th

Friday, March 1st

Friday, March 15th

Monday, April 1st

Monday, April 15th

Wednesday, May 1st

Wednesday, May 15th

Friday, May 31st

Friday, June 14th

Monday, July 1st

Monday, July 15th

Thursday, August 1st

Thursday, August 15th

Friday, August 30th

Friday, September 13th

Tuesday, October 1st

Tuesday, October 15th

Friday, November 1st

Friday, November 15th

Friday, November 29th

Friday, December 13th

Tuesday, December 31st


If you are a planner, you will want to know the exact dates you are going to get paid. As you can see below, some of these paydays are on Mondays, some on Thursdays and even one on a Friday. Some pay periods are only 14 days long, and others a bit longer. It is important to be aware of how long you will have to go, so you know how long your pay will need to last.

MyPay and DFAS

MyPay is run by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) and is an online pay account management system that provides information about paychecks and tax information. This is for military service members, retirees, annuitants, and federal civilian employees.

On MyPay you can find your:

  • LES (Leave and Earnings Statement,)
  • W2 Wage and Tax statements
  • SLRP tax forms

At MyPay you can also:

  • change or begin your direct deposit
  • change your tax withholdings
  • stop or start hard copies of your LES or W2
  • enroll in TSP (Thrift Savings Plan)
  • change or cancel contribution percentage for TSP

RELATED: How to Maximize Your TSP Retirement Fund

Your LES should be available on MyPay a week before payday. You should check your LES to make sure everything looks the way that it should. If there is a problem with your pay, the earlier you take care of it, the better.

You can also give your spouse access to MyPay which will is a good idea if they are the ones in charge of figuring out the bills or if you are deployed.

Following your LES and being aware of what is going on in MyPay is one way to make sure your finances are on point. Mistakes can happen and you might not notice if you are not paying attention to your income statements.

Early Pay Dates

Members of financial institutions such as USAA and Navy Federal Credit Union can have funds made available even earlier with direct deposit.  Check the following to see when funds are made available.

USAA Pay Dates 2019

Navy Federal Pay Dates

As a service member, you also have the option to get paid once a month, instead of twice. If you choose to do so, you would receive your full pay on the first payday of each month.