2012 Military Retirement Pay Dates

I can’t believe it is almost 2012.  When planning for 2012, don’t forget that the schedule for military retirement pay changed in October.  Instead of being the 1st of the month or the first business day after, it is now the 1st of the month or the business day prior.

For 2012, the military retirement pay days are:

Friday, 30 December 2011

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Friday, 30 March 2012

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Friday, 1 June 2012

Friday, 29 June 2012

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Friday, 31 August 2012

Monday, 1 October 2012

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Friday, 30 November 2012

Monday, 31 December 2012

If I’ve made any mistakes, or you have any questions, please let me know!  Hope that helps.

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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.
  • Lucille

    I would like to know if this increase also includes spouse death benfitte. please let me know. Thank you

    • KateKashman

      Lucille, if you are receiving Survivor Benefit Plan payments, they will also increase 3.6%.

    • John Lyles

      How can we print out the military pay dates?

  • Lenora

    Do these dates apply to disabled veteran benefit payments as well?

    • Miguel Morales

      Your best bet is to check the VA web page, because sometimes they do things different, but the increase raise I was told was the same.

    • Isabel

      VA payments are totally separate from Retired Pay. I would say the answer to your question would be NO.

    • Guest

      yes, well I thought it was being paid earlier than the 31. Are banks closed on the 31?

      • KateKashman

        I don’t have any reason to believe that banks would be closed on the 31st. It isn’t a federal holiday, and I can’t see any indication that it would be a bank holiday. If you know more information, please share with us!

        • david

          Chase bank is closed on the 31st…just called them

    • Guest

      After looking up and asking different sources, like the VA phone center I was able to find out that the payday will be on the Dec 31. Also, it depends on which bank you bank with but it might be before the weekend. It is a definite that the $ will be there on the 31 though. I hope that helped.

  • sara

    when are they going to release BAH rates or release the date they are going to be released? Normally the website has the date they will come out by now; and last year the new figures were released on 12/15. so when are they going to release 2012’s?

    • Timothy Cobb
      • Renee

        Even if you have Bank of America?

  • Tim

    Thanks Kate! I appreciate your time.

  • earl

    what about the government shutdown that may happen Friday? If it happens and goes through the 1st will we not get paid? i can’t believe this is happening again. i swear they are so incompetent. politicians are freaking idiotic.

    • Mary

      Sooo . Vote them all out of office and clean up our goverment!!!

  • kaye

    remember we elect these freaking idiotic politicians.Maybe be we should Reconceder who we elect?

    • earl

      already planned on it. but sadly i don’t think anyone who gets in there will do better. All of them are more party driven then country driven. We need a complete overhaul of how this country is run.

      • guest

        The obvious intent is to advance the tax revenue to 2011, rather than have the income tax on ALL of the retired payroll for the month appear a year later. Just another book cooking gimic to lessen the red ink for the year.

    • Mort

      Sounds like the old TK I’ve known for over 50 years…still complaining!
      Cheerios from Brize Norton, UK

    • Isabel

      Remember, the President can do little if the other arms of government do not get their act together! Ask your Senator for advise! lol

    • LynN

      That,s why we need to downsize gov. 1 congressman and 1 senator per state. Use the money saved in wages/entitlements/ and just general partying to reduce the deficit.

  • Michael

    Tis the way with the inside the Beltway thinking. You will note, not a one of our elected officials have not gotten a pay raise since forever.

  • Randy

    Just Great — advancing the Dec 2011 Pay so that it counts as 2011 taxable (13 pay periods this year vice the normal 12) just cost me over $260 in additional federal taxes this year due to a last-minute higher income level (which amounts to a $260 pay cut from my Dec 2011 earnings). My only other income is Social Security. And, no, it doesn’t decrease income for CY-2012 because now the Dec earnings will now always be paid in Dec not the previous policy of 2 days later in January.

    • HJDavis

      Give it back.

  • William

    All year long, we’ve planned our taxes based on a 12-month income, and now some “brain” sabotaged the military retirees with a 13-month income burden — all for political reasons — THE “NEW” AMERICAN WAY — continue to put the screws to military retirees who have lost their guaranteed “free medical for life”, (I also lost 6 of my 10 “guaranteed” years to finish my Vietnam era GI bill in 1989, (retired in 1985) right in the middle of pursuing a 4-year degree — never could finish due to the financial burden). Keep burning the military retirees, and remember to continue on never asking us first — we quit counting to this country a very long time ago, and it just continues to get worse — what’s next on this administration’s agenda – basic pay cuts for retirees?

    • Clint Herr

      I’m with you William I too lost my GI Bill guarantee years because of the Montgomery GI Bill and even with the new bill signed by Barack Obama (I refuse to acknowledge him as President because of the Birth Certificate issue) we lose out on that because we are to old. It only goes to cover those veterans 60yo and younger

      • Isabel

        Some colleges will not charge students aged 60 and above, so Y would U use/need the educational GI bill? Shop around!

      • Jackson

        Almost the end of his term, and your still talking about not acknowledging him???? Birth certificate , is that REALLY why you STILL don’t acknowledge him…

    • Jim Butler

      You retired in 1985 in the middle of a four year degree program? And 26 years later you still have not finished the other two years? Could it be that your problems were self-inflicted?

      • Isabel

        Ditto! Remember, college credits expire in 10 years, so he now has to start all over again!

      • Jackson

        Jim, I so agree with you. I would have been hesitant to even announce that.

    • Dave

      I agree with you, I also lost a portion of my Vietnam GI bill and am struggling to complete my degree program.

    • Herman Hill

      I’m really feelling you on this one1 I retired on December 1, 1987, while actually going to school at night (Education degree)…I had 45 months of GI Bill Eligibility…I ended up writing to the Department of the Air Force…and there was a disconnect between the universities and DOD about entitlements. I pursued an MBA out of my own pocket; even using Dan Lungren, my Congressman and his Education Assistant! Still nothing! it’s probably the only benefit I really wanted. These political offices just don’t care, unless they can get some kind of personal advantage by supporting the veteran! Everybody is out there looking for some kind of advantage. Where there is none, you are not supported. Where do we go to get an “advocate” for us?

  • R.D.McDowell

    Remember that 30Dec2011 payday makes 13 paydays in 2011 and the increased tax liability come 15 Apr 2012.

    • Mikeman46

      Remember taxes are withheld from that 13th payday so it shouldn’t make a whole lot of difference.

    • Isabel

      Increased Tax Liability – what about increased pay?

  • Jsejeffrey

    Bank may receive pay ont these new dates but will not credit the account till 2 Jan thats what happened in Oct with my crsc pay. Va pay has not changed

    • Bob

      When is the Va disability checks going in for Jan 1st

  • bill

    I am sure that by now everyone is aware that that all military retirees will suffer an 11% tax increase on their 2011 income tax bill for their retired pay as a result of the DFAS change in the pay schedule. This is the largest tax increase inflicted on any group of taxpayers over the last ten years.It will result in a tax windfall to the U.S. Treasury 0f roughly a billion dollars by creating the fiction that the military retiree benefitted from thrteen months pay in 2011. I complained about this absurd administrative fiasco to the MOAA in late October and was told that it was an item on their legislative agenda. I would like to know who was responsible for initiating this theft from the military retirees pay.No cvil service union would have allowed something like this to have even been considered.

    • martin

      The Internal Revenue Code requires that the money one receives is taxable in the year of receipt or credited to one’s account. It is not reportable until it becomes available for your use, no matter how the military reports it. If your form 1099 says you received in the year 2011, but it was not deposited to your bank account then, you should not report it but send a letter with your return explaining why you did not report it. If the IRS disputes it, file a complaint with the Tax Court — find it and how to submit your complaint on the net. You do not need a lawyer in Tax Court for small claims and it can be handled entierly by mail.

  • Ray

    Just finished looking at the above posted pay Schedule–Am I missing something here? It was my understanding that we got December’s pay on 31 Dec(always paid the end of the month) but deposited on 2 Jan. But the new schedule shows no payment for January 0f 2012. Is this true? If so, we just lost ONE whole month’s payment. Can some one clear this up,

    • KateKashman

      Ray, when the new Defense Authorization Act was passed, it mandated that payments be made on the last day of the month, or the business day PRIOR. This is a change from the previous practice of paying on the last day of the month or the business day following. This took effect in October, when the payment previously expected on 3 December was paid on 30 September. The payment previously expected on 2 January will be paid on 30 December. There are still the same number of payments, just on different days. You might find this article helpful: https://paycheck-chronicles.military.com/2011/09/0… (I can’t link in the comments, but it is also linked at the start of the post above.)

    • Sam

      We get 13 pmts in 2011 and only 11 in 2012

      • beans

        You will still get 12 payments in 2012.

  • Jim

    Shifting the Jan 2012 pay to 30 Dec 2011 cost me dearly. Not only did it put me in a higher tax bracket it also shifted additional Social Security income into the taxable window. My 2011 tax liability increased over 33% without any long term changes in income. That is over $500 dollars out of pocket after the additional 30 Dec withholding, an amount that I can ill afford since my only income is retirement and SS. I think this administrations mantra of “Tax The Rich” just became “Gouge Senior Citizens On Fixed Income”

  • Doug

    Is 30 Dec 2011 the day Dec 2011 & Jan 2012 will be paid?

  • Ray Willis

    When your bank posts the payment is irrelevant. Your 1099-R for 2011 will reflect the extra pay. But, Jan1, 2013 is a tues, so, you will only have 11 paydays in 2012.
    Regarding politicians: Kickbacks, favors from fellow politicians, guaranteed pension after one month, etc.
    I say, clean house. Get rid of every politician you don’t feel is truly great. Republican, Democrat, forget it. Vote for the other side, or an independent, if necessary. Let’s get rid of all the good old boys & get a whole new congress, President, etc. They do what they do either because it fills their pockets, or they think they can’t (read won’t) buck the system. LET’S GET RID OF THE SYSTEM. I vote Republican. If a Democrat outside the Congress is all I have to vote for, I will. Democrats need to do the same. Both parties are pathetic. Let’s send a message that to get re-elected from now on, they better think voter first. Ray Willis

    • Guest

      The January payment will always be made in December since Jan 1 is always a national holiday.

  • Air Force Retired

    It’s time to get rid of the “old boy network”, kick-um all out this election inclucing the worst of um all Obama!!!

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  • Randy

    When will the congressional act of 1972 be rescinded,, It is not fair I am paying a cheating spouse 50% of my military retirement,,, I was told this is being changed…

  • Mitch

    I served in the Air force from 97-01. I was recently awarded 100 percent disability from the VA because I was diagnosed with MS. So, I am 100 percent, service connected disabled and I was wondering if I qualified for back pay from when the time I was seperated from the military? I was told that I should have been “back paid” from the year I seperated? Does anyone have info on this? I would deeply appreciate it… :)

    • Jrome Goodwin

      Check with your local VA Representative but I am pretty sure it could be. However it is usually from the time of application.

    • Deb

      I received back pay for my disability when it was increased from 10% to 30% after nearly a year. Yes, it should date back to your separation unless they have changed the rules.

    • George Nave

      the date from when they say you had it from ,if you don’t have date use medicare second opinion take your documents, the problem is connection is based on separation date if you had it in record the nexus link, and the other, Va don’t like to back pay should woulda coulda, there going to say day of diagnosis, probably, I ve been dealing with them shit head at VA for 2 years pending 2 appeals for 100%, new claims injured have priority now.

  • martin

    Is there any way that we can arrange to have our Cost of Living Income increase donated to the government until we get out of this recession? Helping those families who are out of work is more important to me that getting that small amount, which I do not need at this time.

  • martin

    The government is reducing the amount of social security tax taken from the wages of employees. Employee’s may like this as it gives them a fatter pay check. However, the employer is required to match the amount take for S.S. from your pay! So, the employer will also be paying less into the employees’ account. Such practices will not help to insure that the system will be healthy when the employees are ready to retire.
    S.S. is the best investment that an employee can make. As soon as the employee’s part is take from his pay, the employer must match it 100%, before the ink is even dry on the employee’s paycheck! Where else can anyone get an immediate return of 100% on his investment instantaneously? When this Recession hit us, many investor’s lost everything in their retirement accounts! But our S.S. must be paid to us as we paid into it as insurance, and the courts must uphold it! It was paid in under the Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA). If necessary at the time, the government will just have to raise the taxes of others working at the time the money is needed or just print more money).

  • Dave

    You young folks do not remember when they moved the payments back to save the cost of one month’s pay until the next year. Now folks are unhappy because we get paid sooner.

  • Carlena

    question, when do we get the COLA.. Is it paid in the rear or will we get it Dec 30th also? because on our E-ras it doesn’t show cola for Dec 30 Pay check..

  • Barbara

    Why did we have 12 paydays in 2010 and 13 in 2011 and also 13 in 2012?

  • maria cantrell

    I am confuse about the 13 payment. Should i have 13 payment in 2011? because i cant not find the 13th payment in my bank deposits.

  • Sandy

    How much did retirement pay for 2012 increase? And when will it reflect into our checks?

  • dick

    I guess we are paying for the 2% reduction in social security taxes for the working people and there employers

  • ray M

    Good Evening i was medically retired on Feb 29, 2012, i was wondering should i have received my first “retired” paycheck on March 01? Also i was discharged at 50% disability DOD. For pay wise do i receive BAH along with my dod disability rating? I am very confused on this..

  • Bill

    Just finished working on income taxes (always owe a little so wait till the last minute). Wow someone added an extra retiree pay check into the 2011 period. Now I owe an extra $927 in taxes over last year for a total of $1738, Almost a 50% increase!. I would gladly awaited for the 30 Dec to come on the programmed January payday but I wasn’t given the option Looks like the liberal US Government figured out another way to soak the middle class. They don’t need to worry about the $250,000 a year or over income bracket, they have us!!

    • Mary

      with you Bill–we get to pay an extra $1300.00 because of getting paid on the 30th…doesnt seem right at all …how infuriating….

  • samuel kleinman

    Anybody called their congressmen yet? Their not getting the message. No one is calling mine but me.

  • David F.

    what becomes of the FICA taxes we pay?
    I’m filing for disability thru the ssa and they claim I have only paid FICA thru my current employment. I pay FICA taxes according to the 1099R, but social security doesn’t recognize FICA from the 1099R??. SSA said for me to follow up with the military pension reps. to solve the issue.

  • Deb

    My spouse retired 1 July 2012. He says he was told by DFAS we will not receive any pay until 1 August, which just increases our financial burden due to our loss of part of his income due to loss of BAH, etc. Will he get paid for July and for the first part of August on the Aug 1 paydate, or will we never see pay for July? If we are not paid for July, is he eligible for unemployment that month? We have creditors, of course…

  • Ernest Hutchins

    Where can I go or call to rec’d my 2011, 1099R to continue my taxes, My accountant says I need this & I don’t recall ever recieving the 1099R.
    Please e-mail me,
    Thank you
    Ernest F. Hutchins

  • Guy W. Davis

    Can not locate a Military Retired Pay Chart. Please advise where I can locate one. Thanks