30 August 2013 Military Pay

As you know, active duty military gets paid on the 1st and 15th of each month, or the previous business day if those days fall on a weekend or holiday.  Since 1 September 2013 is on a Sunday, the next regular, active duty military payday is Friday, 30 August 2013.  However, due to the various policies and procedures of different banks and credit unions, some people may be paid earlier.  In order to guesstimate when you’ll be paid, you’ll need to know your financial institution, your past experience with them, and possibly even which type of account you have.

Many military friendly banks and credit unions, including USAA and Pacific Marine Credit Union (PMCU), offer direct deposit of active duty military pay “one business day early.  Servicemembers whose financial institutions post deposits one business day early should expect to have their deposits available on Thursday, 29 August 2013.

Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) has deposits on two different days depending on which checking account type you use. Active Duty checking customers have access to their deposits one business day early, and all other checking account types have access to their deposits on the actual payday.  If you use an Active Duty checking account, your pay will show as pending on Wednesday, 28 August 2013, to be posted overnight and available for use on Thursday, 29 August 2013.  If you have any other account type, your pay will show as pending on Thursday, 29 August 2013, to be deposited overnight and available for use on Friday, 30 August 2013.  Don’t forget that “pending” and “posted” are very different!

Service Credit Union offers early direct deposit “up to two business days” early, pending receipt of information from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.  This is not a guarantee!  While deposits might occur as early as  Wednesday, 28 August 2013 deposit, please don’t spend that money until you see the deposit posted to your account.

Lots of folks ask me what time their pay will be deposited.  It can be anytime!  See What Time Will I Get Paid?  for more information.

If payday has come and gone, and you haven’t seen your deposit post, check out the steps in Why Hasn’t My Pay Been Deposited? for more information.

About the Author

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.
  • Cher

    My ex husband just called me & told me that the US Armed Services will not be getting paid for the September 1st payment do to budget problems & I would therefore not be receiving my child support check. Is this true?

    • Guest

      That’s not true. They got paid. My husband’s is already in our account.

  • Faith

    If that were true, I’m sure that many more people would be making a fuss.

  • Shannon

    Even after 20 years of paydays, I still refer to this blog. Takes the guesswork out of the, “if the 1st falls on a ? then we get paid, but its a weekend” Just too much thinking involved for me. Thank you for keeping this up to date.

  • jullian

    Anyone have wells Fargo . Will we get paid tomorrow or Saturday.?

    • mia

      Im with wells fargo, and i was wondering the same thing

  • Jess
  • Anthony

    I never leave comments on stuff like this, but the military does not get paid on the 1st and the 15th… I don’t know what else this post says, I didn’t read it since I no longer can trust anything this person says since the very first thing said was wrong… The military gets paid twice a month. The first pay day is the 15th. Hints why the first LES of the month(with only partial information) is released a few days before that. And the second is the las day of the month, not the the first. Sorry I know this is very basic information, but a lot of people get it wrong.

    • SGM (Ret)

      I just retired from the Army with 33 years of service and I got paid on tht 1st and the 15th of the month. The pay period end date is the last day of the month but we receive our money on the 1st/15th unless those days fall on a weekend or holiday. In that case payday is the weekday prior to the weekend or holiday. You are technically correct but the question is related to the actual payday.

  • Anthony

    I never leave comments on stuff like this, but the military does not get paid on the 1st and the 15th… I don’t know what else this post says, I didn’t read it since I no longer can trust anything this person says since the very first thing said was wrong… The military gets paid twice a month. The first pay day is the 15th. Hints why the first LES of the month(with only partial information) is released a few days before that. And the second is the las day of the month, not the the first. Sorry I know this is very basic information, but a lot of people get it wrong.

    • car

      um…………………My son’s father has benn in the Navy and ALWAYS got paid on the 1st and 15th of every month. He is retiring this Dec. 2013.

    • kel

      umm im active military as is my whole medical squadron we get paid on the 1st and 15th…..

    • KateKashman

      Anthony, I’m afraid you are confused. Yes, the first pay of the month is on the 15th (or the preceding business day). However, the second pay of the month is on the 1st of the following month (or the preceding business day). You can find all the dates here at the list published by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service. http://www.dfas.mil/militarymembers/payentitlemen… The mid-month pay (for those who elect it) receives a Net Pay Advice, not an LES, approximately one week before the mid-month pay day.

  • karen

    My son is in the Army and since coming home on leave in August has not received a check…any ideas on who I can contact? (he is in the field). I just emailed my state senator.