30 December 2011 Military Pay

The last 2011 military pay day is coming next week, and people are getting anxious.  Heck, even I am getting anxious.  We have spent a lot of money this month!

According to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), Leave and Earnings Statements (LES) should be available today.  However, they have been having technical difficulties today and many people are not yet able to access their LES.  Don’t panic – it is just a temporary problem and it will not affect your payment.

The official payday is Friday, 30 December 2011.  Service members should receive their direct deposit no later than Friday, 30 December.  Many banks and credit unions offer early release of direct deposit funds as a courtesy to their customers.  If you know that your banking institution offers early release of funds, then you should expect to see your deposit on Thursday, 29 December 2011.  Banks that definitely offer early deposit include USAA and PMCU.  I’m sure there are more but those are the only two that I know for sure.

Navy Federal Credit Union members may receive their deposits early or on the regular payday, depending on which type of account they have.  If you have an Active Duty Checking account, you will see your deposit pending on Wednesday, 28 December and it will post overnight to be available on Thursday, 29 December.  If you have any other type of checking account, you will see your deposit pending on Thursday, 29 December and it will post overnight to be available on Friday, 30 December.  Remember that you can’t spend a pending deposit!

Any more questions?  Put them in the comments and I’ll see what I can find out for you.


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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.
  • CDP

    When are the electronic funds actually sent to the financial institutions (Banks)

    • KateKashman

      CDP, as far as I know, it is different every month. Anyone else know more?

  • William D. Bolt

    Will there be an increase in retired military pay for 2012?

    • KateKashman

      Yes, Mr. Bolt, there will be a 3.6% increase in military retired pay.

      Thank you for your service.

  • Brittany

    When will the pay raises for 2012 kick in? On the Jan. 15th pay check?

    • KateKashman

      Yes, Brittany, the pay raise will show up in the January mid-month pay.

  • Ryan J Melik

    Wait so if I have USAA I should be getting Paid Tommorow?

  • ali

    hi, we have Fidelity Inavestments checking. Husband is retired, so will we see money tomorrow or friday?

  • Shelley Shumaker

    will the Dec 30th Pay be towards the 2011 year or the 2012 year?

    • Shelley Shumaker

      ok..I know I not the smartest cookie in the jar, however does anyone know else know if we apply the pay on Dec 30 to our 2011 taxes or our 2012 taxes???

  • Kat

    Does the Dec 30 payday included retired Army pay as well as disability pay?

  • harpeach

    Are they still having tech difficulties, I did not receive my pay.

    • Ben

      They didn’t split the pay like last time did they?

      • harrpeach

        No, I tried to call, but they are not accepting calls.

        • Ben

          yeah i tried Finance nothing

  • Marc

    Any new news? I still haven’t been payed and I’m getting worried. Any way I could check into this myself?

    • Marc

      just noticed this was an active duty thread and I’m retired but semi clueless on these matters any direction would be helpful

      • KateKashman

        No problem, Marc. We’re all in this together, sort of. You should have seen the direct deposit of your military retirement pay yesterday, 30 December. I would recommend you log into MyPay and check your Retiree Account Statement to see if it can shed any light into the situation. If you do not have a MyPay account, setting one up is relatively easy and will allow you to access your account anytime you have internet. It is a great tool!

        Hope it turns up soon.

        • Marc

          It has been over a year since I used it and don’t remember my log in (or if I changed the e-mail it was associated with to a civilian e-mail) I can’t seem to get anything to work with it either

  • wtanks

    I did not recieve retirement pay on 30 DEC or on 03 Jan? What should I do?

  • Katrina

    My husband did not receive his pay yet either. He received his VA pay but not his military retired pay. We tried to call, but it says due to a high call volume to call back another time. So we cannot talk to anyone. We are also getting worried. Any ideas about what is going on

  • William St George

    I received my 1099-R with a Newsletter stating that I have received 13 payments for the year 2011. The explanation given was that the Military Retired Pay is now processed on the first day of the month and since January 01, is always a Holiday, the new pay amount was forced into the previous year. My problem is that I have only received eleven of my 2011 Military Retirement payments. What happened to the 12th payment that would have normally occurred in December 2011. If thirteen payments have been issued, I should see 13 deposits in my Vystar Credit Union account. There are only 12 deposits reflected.

  • Brittany

    I didnt receive ANY extra pay on my Jan 15th paycheck… BAH, BAS, or the 1.6% pay raise…Nor the Rank pay raise my husband was supposed to receive.. Should I be calling finance tomorrow or is this being worked on?

    • concerned

      You’re not going to see it until Jan 15th. It’s only Jan 6th right now.

      • AFFlyer

        MyPay website has Jan. 15th paycheck amounts posted. Mine doesn’t
        show BAH or BAS increase either just 1.6% increase.

  • mac

    I agree with both of you. Checked my pay today Jan. 7 and I saw a small increase but not enough to cover the raise and BAH increase. Wondering if there is a slight problem.

  • Pam

    Were there THREE DoD paydays in December 2011? There was one on 12/1, another on 12/15 and the one on 12/30. Would someone please confirm if the 12/30 check is counted as the one that would have arrived on 1 Jan 2012 but for the holiday? Thanks!

    • KateKashman

      Pam, there are often three military pay days in December. Because 1 January is always a federal holiday, the December end-of-month military pay is always paid on the previous business day. This happens any time the first falls on a weekend or a holiday.

      Hope that helps.