1 May 2013 Military Pay

It’s popping up in the searches again, “military pay days.”  The next regular, active duty military pay day is Wednesday, 1 May 2013.  This means that even members who have early deposit as a benefit to their bank account will not have their pay deposited until at least Monday, 29 April 2013, and most people will be Tuesday, 30 April 2013 or Wednesday, 1 May 2013.

The earliest anticipated deposits, among the banks about which I know, will probably be Service Credit Union.  Service CU deposits active duty military pay “up to two days early,” pending the receipt of the information from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS.)  Therefore, it is reasonable to think that Service CU customers may see their pay on Monday, 29 April 2013.  Please keep in mind that Service CU does not guarantee early direct deposit.  DO NOT make any silly financial moves assuming that your money will be deposited early.

On Tuesday, 30 April 2013, customers of USAA and Pacific Marine Credit Union  should expect to be paid.  Both financial institutions offer direct deposit military pay “one business day early.”    In addition, Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) Active Duty Checking who saw their pay pending on Monday, 29 April, and had it posted overnight to be available for use on Tuesday, 30 April 2013.

On Wednesday, 1 May 2013, everyone who has not had an early direct deposit will be paid.  This include NFCU members with checking accounts types that are not Active Duty, who saw their pay pending on Tuesday, 30 April 2013, and had it posted overnight to be available for use on Wednesday, 1 May 2013.

I’ve written this post in a little different format this time, doing it chronologically instead of by bank or credit union.  I’m not sure it was a great idea, but I had to do something to spice things up a little bit.  Regular readers of this post, do you have any thoughts?

As always, over 99% of emails and comments I get regarding late deposits are resolved with a few hours patience.   See  What Time Will I Get Paid?  for more information about pay posting times.

Don’t see your pay at all?   Check out  Why Hasn’t My Pay Been Deposited? for an ordered list of how to track down the problem and how to fix it.

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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.
  • gary huth

    whilenot active duty give me ideawhenmy va disability willbe deposited. it hard to say the same thing every month maybe a payday joke used to be a lot when sevice was paying cash thank again for your story linr

    • KateKashman

      Mr. Huth, I believe that disability payments are paid on the 1st of the month just like other payments. Readers – is this right?

  • CarrieP

    My husband went from reserve to active status on 4/21. He’s currently in VA for training and deploying to Afghanistan on 5/19. He didn’t get paid yesterday so I frantically texted him only to find out that no one in his group got paid. They are saying we have to wait until the 15th. Maybe this isn’t anything you can help me with but do you know WHY this is happening? It is maddening that they expect families to wait that long! We’re broke and there’s no way we can make it another 2 weeks. It’s ridiculous that they are putting this on families, deployment is stressful enough!

    • KateKashman

      CarrieP, unfortunately, this is relatively common during changes in status. If you are in financial trouble, you should contact your husband’s branch’s relief society: Army Emergency Relief, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, or Air Force Aid Society. You should be able to get a short-term loan until your husband is paid. Hope that helps!