31 December 2013 Military Pay

One normal payday, and we’re back to “always something odd.”   The next active duty military payday is Tuesday, 31 December 2013.  It is the last payday of 2013, and while end-of-month paydays are supposed to come on the 1st, the end of December payday always comes early because 1 January is always a federal holiday.

Wondering when you’ll get paid?  First thing you need to know is the policies and practices of your bank or credit union.  There are all sorts of ways that financial institutions handle deposits, and many offer early direct deposit as a benefit to their customers (or a way to get more business, depending on your perspective.)

One Business Day Early

When it comes to early direct deposit, the most common offer is  direct deposit of military pay “one business day early.”  This includes USAA and Pacific Marine Credit Union PMCU.  Customers who bank with financial institutions that offer deposits one business day early should expect to have their deposit posted on Monday, 30 December 2013.

Navy Federal Credit Union

Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) offers a variety of account types.  Which day your pay will be deposited is based upon the type of checking account you use for your pay deposit.  Members who have their pay deposited into their Active Duty checking account will see their pay pending on Friday, 27 December 2013 , to be posted overnight and available for use on Saturday, 28 December 2013.  Members with any other type of checking account will see their pay pending on Monday, 30 December 2013, to be posted overnight and available for use on Tuesday, 31 December 2013.

Service Credit Union

Service Credit Union advertises that it will deposit funds up to two business days early,” pending the receipt of information from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS.)  Tuesday paydays are the hardest to guess.  It is common for Service Credit Union to post Tuesday payday deposits on Saturday, but it can also be Monday.  Please keep in mind that Service Credit Union never guarantees that their deposits will be posted early.

Everyone Else

If your bank is not listed here, and your bank does not regularly deposit your pay prior to payday, then you should expect to see your pay sometime on Tuesday 31 December 2013.  However, if your bank does usually direct deposit your pay early, let me know in the comments.  Information from readers is how I know about so many different types of accounts.  It really helps others when you share what you know.

As always, pay can come at any time during the day.  For more information, see  What Time Will I Get Paid?

Is it past payday, and you still don’t see your pay deposited?  Use the steps in Why Hasn’t My Pay Been Deposited? to figure out what has gone wrong.

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.
  • jeff

    the first of the year is always different sometimes because New Years Eve is considered a holiday and New Years Day is on Tuesday.. I’ve been with my bank for quite a while under the change names and sometimes they will post it early

  • Wash
  • Denise Smoke

    when will I receive my husbands pension check for January 2014 since the first is on New Years day

    • Frank

      The 2d, if not sooner. Put some away for a rainy day so you are not so anxious every month.

      • Deb

        Some widows do not have enough for a rainy day, therefore we count on the Son always shining! :)

  • Gene T. Elliott

    I have been trying to get my 1099R for 2013. I have been all over this website with no success. Before I always went direct to mypay.dfas.mil, Now I am chasing all over. Please advise. Thank you

    • KateKashman

      Hi Gene, I have removed your email addresses from the comments to protect your personal information. You still go use the https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx website for your pay needs. This has not changed. Happy New Year!

  • Deysi

    First Citizens Bank deposits on the dates the funds are available. So if they are available on the 30 of December and the pay date is the 31 for the January 1 pay, the deposit will be in.

  • jjjj

    does it matter if we are currently on leave

    • guest

      no it does not matter at all if you are on leave, you will still be paid.

  • Terry
  • Robin

    When does Suntrust post military retirement checks for today ?

    • KateKashman

      Robin, it can be anytime during the day. Many banks have a typical pattern, you can watch them for several paydays and see what is usual for them.

  • Shanna

    SBP Payment didn’t post today at local bank. Hoping it will post on the 2nd?

    • KateKashman

      Shanna, I would certainly think so. Do you usually receive them on the regular payday? I hope it works out.

  • miko

    If a direct deposit does not show by the 3rd of the month, does that mean it probably is not coming for some reason? I receive benefits as a ch35 dependent. It is now Monday the 3rd of February and I still see no deposit!