15 April 2011 Pay: It’s Going To Look Odd, But It’s OK

Thanks to the continuing resolution that was made into law on Friday, military folks will see their entire regular pay deposited on Friday, 15 April 2011.  However, the math and the depositing is going to be a little different than usual.  Don’t be worried, it is all OK, it is just different.

Because they were not sure whether a budget was going to be passed, and because it takes quite a bit of time to process all those payments, DFAS went ahead and did the calculations for all the pay from 1 April to 8 April.  That is the information that is available on the mid-month net pay advice (for active duty) and the mid-month LES (for reserve and guard.)

Once the continuing resolution was passed, DFAS began calculating the remaining payments for 9 April through 15 April.  Because this is a totally unprecedented situation, it seems that DFAS was unable to go back and adjust the numbers in MyPay.  They can’t update the mid-month net pay advice and mid-month LES to reflect the total amount of the deposit that will be going into accounts for the 15 April pay.  The mid-month net pay advice and mid-month LES will continue to show the lower amount, even though the actual payment will be for the full amount.

Here’s the second part of the deal:  pay will be received in two deposits.  One deposit will be for 1 April through 8 April, and the other will be for 9 April through 15 April.  So if you see one deposit pending, don’t panic yet.  Unless something has gone horribly wrong, the other deposit will be coming on or before 15 April.

All record of pay will be clearly listd on the end-of-month LES, which is usually available between the 23rd and 26th of the month.

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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.
  • marquise

    My les says netpay 00 and has no bank info

    • KateKashman

      Marquise, that one would concern me. Are you able to check with your finance people? I hope that it is just some crazy mistake or you are able to get it sorted out.

  • carla

    the thing i don’t really quite understand is there was no shutdown. So i don’t know why it would even have to be broken up like that. Seems to me that opens it up to more error. IDK..they should of just waited..i mean if they can force out two deposits then they could of waited and forced out one. KWIM?

  • Navy Grandma

    This is inexcusable! Obviously the administration was counting on a shutdown.

    • Joseph

      This has nothing to do with the adminstration. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best. DFAS decided to change what MyPay was showing on the very likely possibility that we would be shut down. The Adminstration kept working right up to the wire to stop that from happening.

  • justin

    my clothing allowance will be on the 17th of april. does anyone know if i will i be earning my clothing allowance? thank you.

    • EJT


      You should see your clothing allowance on May 1st payday.

  • armymedic

    did u find out y it shows 0 for pay? bc mine is the same way and im worried

  • momof3

    I just checked my checking and was about to panic. I’m glad I checked this site. I’m only getting one deposit and it was smaller than I thought

  • momof3

    Mine is showing as pending. Just to clear things up

  • Heather

    I received 2 payments, but still missing almost half of what I should have gotten paid. I’m about to start getting really worried!