“But Will We Still Get Paid?” Military Members Want To Know

Military troops around the world are wondering whether the debt situation will affect their paychecks.  Our nation’s top two military leaders recently responded to the question, “Will we get paid?”

In it’s piece Troops ask amid debt crisis:  Will we get paid, msnbc.com reports that Adm. Mike Mullen told the troops, “”I honestly can’t answer that question.”  Adm. Muller was speaking to troops at Kandahar air base in southern Afghanistan.

In similar news, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has reminded troops that they are still obligated to work.  In a message released Friday, Secretary Panetta stated, “I am sending this note to remind you that Department of Defense personnel should plan to come to work next week, as scheduled, at their normal place and time.”

These two statements represent the first time that military leaders have verified that military pay could be affected by the government debt impasse.  Thousands of military families, including the families of deployed service members, live paycheck-to-paycheck and late pay will create very real disasters for these families.

Many military banks are offering their customers interest-free advances on at least the first missed active duty paycheck.  Many banks are also planning strategies for other customers who receive federal benefits.

I will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

This post was cross-posted at SpouseBUZZ.

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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • JQP

    Do not fear the Debt Ceiling and default. The Constitution is clear where the priorities are placed. The main purpose of the Federal Government is to defend the United States from foreign and domestic enemies. The people will not stand for political games for election purposes. It is the citizen politicians, like the original founders intended who will lead, as there is no leader in the WH.

  • anita

    Just wanted to let you know my bank shows my VA. widow benefit posted as of Mon. 8/1.
    Anita from GA.

  • earl

    benefits BEFORE august 2nd were not at risk of not coming through that is why your benefits are there; its benefits AFTER the 2nd that were in question and depending on how long a default lasted military pay on the 15th was in question.
    HOWEVER, they seem to have a deal now and as long as it passes the house and the senate everything is fine. BUT there are cuts to military; mostly military is where the cuts come from..so look for military and veteran changes soon. Welfare on the other hand and its 37 million a month payment for TNAF, foodstams, medicaid, and section 8 is completely safe. the priority of this nation astounds me. lets pay those who refuse to do for themselves but yet take away earned benefits from those who were willing to risk it all.

    • Brittany

      Thank you for finally saying it!!! I also cannot believe this country’s priorities. They will cut pay from those of us who work to defend our country and risk our lives often for this country, but people who refuse to earn anything for themselves will continue getting their handout. I am livid that military paycuts would even be considered. Most of us don’t make enough as it is for what we do.

      • Nereida

        Brittany, you are both so right,it is a shame that those in the white house see it fit to strip the value of the men and women who sacrifice and work so hard to serve and defend our nation! Instead, they reward those that sit on their behinds having babies, doing drugs, and being co-depended on the government! What kind of standards are we setting for the people???I am grateful and honor our military forces! Thank you!!! Nereida