Military Pay Dates 2021 [updated]

military pay dates

Military Pay Dates 2020 and 2021 (assumed)

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

Paydays can fall on any day of the week, depending on the month. Check closely to know when you will be paid. In some cases, the time between pay periods may be longer than usual, then you will need to adjust your budget accordingly. 

As we finish up 2020, we are looking ahead to the next year and wanted to update you on the 2021 Military Pay Dates. 

Remaining Military Pay Dates 2020

Thu, Oct 15

Fri, Oct 30

Fri, Nov 13

Tue, Dec 1

Tue, Dec 15

Thu, Dec 31

 

Assumed Military Pay Dates 2021

(will update when the schedule is officially released

Friday, January 15th

Monday, February 1st

Monday, February 15th

Monday, March 1st

Monday, March 15th

Thursday, April 1st

Thursday, April 15th

Friday, April 30th

Friday, May 14th

Tuesday, June 1st

Tuesday, June 15th

Thursday, July 1st

Thursday, July 15th

Friday, July 30th

Friday, August 13th

Wednesday, September 1st

Wednesday, September 15th

Friday, October 1st

Friday, October 15th

Monday, November 1st

Monday, November 15th

Wednesday, December 1st

Wednesday, December 15th

Friday, December 31st

 

Full Military Pay Dates 2020 Schedule

Scheduled Military Pay Date                                    

Wednesday, January 15th

Friday, January 31st

Friday, February 14th

Friday, February 28th

Friday, March 13th

Wednesday, April 1st

Wednesday, April 15th

Friday, May 1st

Friday, May 15th

Monday, June 1st

Monday, June 15th

Wednesday, July 1st

Wednesday, July 15th

Friday, July 31st

Friday, August 14th

Tuesday, September 1st

Tuesday, September 15th

Thursday, October 1st

Thursday, October 15th

Friday, October 30th

Friday, November 13th

Tuesday, December 1st

Tuesday, December 15th 

Thursday, 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, paydays can be any day during the workweek. 

Assumed Military Pay Dates For Retirees 2021

For retirees, if the 1st falls on a weekend or holiday, they get paid on the last business day of the prior month. 

(will update when the schedule is officially released)

 

Monday, February 1st (For January)

Monday, March 1st (For February) 

Thursday, April 1st (For March)

Friday, April 30th (For April)

Tuesday, June 1st (For May)

Thursday, July 1st (For June)

Friday, July 30th (For July)

Wednesday, September 1st (For August)

Friday, October 1st (For September)

Monday, November 1st (For October)

Wednesday, December 1st (For November)

Friday, December 31st (For December)

 

Military Pay Dates For Retirees 2020

Scheduled Military Pay Date

Friday, January 31st (For January)

Friday, February 28th (For February) 

Wednesday, April 1st (For March)

Friday, May 1st (For April)

Monday, June 1st (For May)

Wednesday, July 1st (For June)

Friday, July 31st (For July)

Tuesday, September 1st (For August)

Thursday, October 1st (For September)

Friday, October 30th (For October)

Tuesday, December 1st (For November)

Thursday, December 31st (For December)

Military Pay Dates For Annuitants 2021

For annuitants, if the 1st falls on a weekend or holiday, they get paid on the first business day of the month.

Assumed Military Pay Date (will update when the schedule is officially released

Monday, February 1st (For January)

Monday, March 1st (For February) 

Thursday, April 1st (For March)

Monday, May 3rd (For April)

Tuesday, June 1st (For May)

Thursday, July 1st (For June)

Monday, August 2nd (For July)

Wednesday, September 1st (For August)

Friday, October 1st (For September)

Monday, November 1st (For October)

Wednesday, December 1st (For November)

Monday, January 3rd, 2022 (For December)

Military Pay Dates For Annuitants 2020

Scheduled Military Pay Date

Monday, February 3rd (For January)

Monday, March 2nd (For February) 

Wednesday, April 1st (For March)

Friday, May 1st (For April)

Monday, June 1st (For May)

Wednesday, July 1st (For June)

Monday, August 3rd (For July)

Tuesday, September 1st (For August)

Thursday, October 1st (For September)

Monday, November 2nd (For October)

Tuesday, December 1st (For November)

Monday, January 4th, 2021 (For December)

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.

MyPay has recently added two-factor authorization for additional security. Voluntary opt-in began in October. 

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

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.

 

PAY AND BENEFITS UPDATES:

 

 

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Julie Provost is a freelance writer, blogger, and owner of Soldier's Wife, Crazy Life, a support blog for military spouses. She lives in Tennessee with her National Guard husband and three boys.