2011 Military Retiree Pay Dates

Looking for the 2012 dates?  See 2012 Military Retirement Pay Dates.

Now that I’ve posted the 2011 Active Duty Military Pay Dates, I’ve been getting questions about the retiree pay dates. I only recently learned that retirees only get paid one time a month, so I certainly have a lot of learning to do!

Based upon the chart published at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), the 2011 pay dates for military retirees are:

  • Monday, January 3, 2011
  • Tuesday, February 1, 2011
  • Tuesday, March 1, 2011
  • Friday, April 1, 2011
  • Monday, May 2, 2011
  • Wednesday, June 1, 2011
  • Friday, July 1, 2011
  • Monday, August 1, 2011
  • Thursday, September 1, 2011
  • Monday, October 3, 2011 Friday, September 30, 2011  See Adjustments to 2011 Retiree Pay Calendar for more information on this change. 
  • Tuesday, November 1, 2011
  • Thursday, December 1, 2011

Military retirees are paid on the 1st of the month, unless that day falls on a weekend or a holiday.  In that case, the pay will be distributed on the next business day following the weekend or holiday.

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  • David Toelkes

    Does anyone know if the retiree pay got the 1.4% cost of living raise that our active duty counterparts received?

    Last year, retirees were passed over for a COLA increase.

    • Paul Easterbrooks

      3.6% for all retirees military effective dec1 and paid on Jan 1st 2012

  • Janet C

    Nope – no cola this year. Check mypay website for confirmation.

  • 1Sgt Martin

    I am so frustrated. These well-to-do congressmen/women get a fat automatic raise and they never know any discomforts at all. Yet those who stood to snow and swamps to their thighs for their freedoms get nothing.
    I am so glad we have a God who knows all and he is keeping score.
    There are so many young troops who have families and have to leave them, knowing their money is limited. God Bless them. There is a better life one day.

  • Frutrated

    Hard to believe that a person with sleep apena rates a higher disability than a man with injuries that were combat related – that is a bit hard to take. I could not believe when I was ‘pushed’ into being tested for it prior to my retirement. I just could not justify the fact that this was a disability caused by the military.

    • Gamefanz

      I understand what you are saying. I have sleep apnea and get disability for it. What you have to remember is that a combat related disability not only gets CRDP, they also get CRSC and the CRSC takes away from the taxable amout you pay for your retired pay so the combat related disability beats out the sleep apnea in most cases.

      • neil ch

        Please provide the name of the GI who draws BOTH CRSC & CRDP

        I’d like to know how he’s doing it since receiving both is illegal.

    • Ralph BOSTICK

      my name is Ralph and i had sleep apena and i am on 30% diability but i dont get diability for sleep apena

  • 20 and Gone

    I also have sleep apnea and was really surprised at the disability awarded for it. I opted for the experimental surgery to correct it my last year in the military and in my eyes, I am totally cured.

  • young and blind

    i dont have sleep apnea but have chronic back pain that is a result of 21+ years serving and get a minimal disability for it. Being retired for 3 years now and the ripe age of 44, I have had cateract surgery in both eyes within the last year and also found out I have Glaucoma, which I have to take eye drops for the rest of my life to keep under control and neither of which I am getting disability pay. Wondering if I should go back to my VA Rep and see if my disability pay can be increased due to these new findings??

    • Strike Chief

      Go back to the VA REP NOW! I have similar issues (except Glaucoma) and am still following up.

  • MSG ret.

    Sleep-disordered breathing is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, high blood pressure, arrhythmias, diabetes, and sleep deprived driving accidents. VA gives you disability and forces you to use CPAP, reduces the possibility of you getting other costly medical issues due to having untreated sleep apnea.

  • SSG B.

    I was diagnosed with sleep apnea after I filed my claim (during process). Can I add it to my rating awarded since it was not in my original claim?

    • N Haile

      yes you will have prove the sleep apna was service connected to something that was listed on your Va Rating Decision list.

  • alan wilcock

    i got out of the army in 78 & moved to u.s.a & i was told my retirement pay is on the 16th of every month, its ether the 16th of august or the 16th of december 2011 i would like to know ? yours fathfully ex pte wilcock p.s,army number is 24084331 thanck you alan wilcock

  • RMartin

    Ironic to me that most military personnel are ardent supporters of the Republicans….yes the same crackpot teapot jerks like Michele Bachmann who are enthusiastically looking to take OUR benefits away. Seems like Jews for Hitler to me. I never did get it.

    • Col. M. Monroe Ret.

      The dems gave us the KKK. Ted kennedy got away with murder. President Kennedy had Marlyn Monore desposed of. The Dems wanted to before and now to make magger cuts in military equip. and personnel. They also want to tax Va disability. Check your facts before you get sinical.

  • Mary

    We are paying for 13 months of taxes in 2011, but it will be back to12 months in 2012. So, any change in law would have to be a one-time fix or go back to being paid the day after a holiday or weekend. Maybe the law could be changed to make the exception to the new rule for January 1st only.

  • Strike Chief

    Will the retired military and less %50 VA folks ever receive concurrent pay as was the plan when this was first implemented? Each year after it was supposed to apply for the next lower rating, (40, 30, 20, 10). Or did the assclowns in DC put a kibosh on that?

  • t.barr

    Just heard of the disability for sleep apnea. I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea a few years ago at a va hosp. & given a CPAC machine. How do I connect the diagnosis to service connected?