2015 Retired Military Pay Dates


Are you looking for the 2015 Active Duty Military Pay Days?

I can’t forget my retired friends (and Poppop!) when I talk about military pay.  Military retirement pay is paid on the first business day of each month.  If that day falls on a weekend or holiday, then the pay day is the business day prior to the weekend or holiday.  Keep in mind that these are the official dates – your bank or credit union may offer early direct deposit as a benefit to its customers.

Update:  Next to each payday, I have added the month for which that pay is being made.  I hope that helps unconfuse people.

It seems that my attempts to make it less confusing actually made it MORE confusing.  Let me try again.

Military retirement pay is paid in arrears, which means it is paid for the month before the payment is made (just like most regular paychecks.)  For example a payment made on the first of February is for the retirement month of January, and will reflect any activity (taxes, allotments, deduction) that occurred in January.  The military retired payday is the first of the month, except for when the first of the month falls on a weekend or a holiday:

Wednesday, 31 December 2014:  replaces 1 January 2015 payday, for December 2014

Friday, 30 January 2015:  replaces 1 February 2015 payday, for January 2015

Friday, 27 February 2015:  replaces 1 March 2015 payday, for February 2015

Wednesday, 1 April 2015:  for March 2015

Friday, 1 May 2015:  for April 2015

Monday, 1 June 2015:  for May 2015

Wednesday, 1 July 2015:  for June 2015

Friday, 31 July 2015:  replaces 1 August 2015 payday, for July 2015

Tuesday, 1 September 2015:  for August 2015

Thursday, 1 October 2015:  for September 2015

Friday, 30 October 2015:  replaces 1 November 2015 payday, for October 2015

December:  Tuesday, 1 December 2015:  for November 2015

Thursday, 31 December 2015:  replaces 1 January 2016 payday, for December 2015

For those of you who are more visual, it looks like this:

2015 retirement pay calendar

If there is some other way I can make this less confusing, please let me know.  It seems so simple and clear to me, but that’s just the way my brain works.  I want to make sure it is simple and clear for you, too, and we’re all different.

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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.
  • florence robinson

    you forgot March pay date

    • retsgm

      Nope…the pay you would normally receive in March for Feb moved up to 27 Feb since March 1st is on a weekend and the pay for March is on April 1st…

  • Ken

    The pay date for March is Friday, 27 February 2015.

    • Frank peace

      If 27 February is March payment, where is January and February’s payment ??!

  • Harvey M

    What about Jan 2015 ?

    • retsgm

      It’s on 30 Jan

  • Ken

    Wednesday, 31 December 2014 is for Jan 15, Friday, 30 January 2015 is for Feb 15. Remember if the 1st is a weekend or holiday the pay date is the work day prior. 1 Jan is Federal holiday, 1 Feb and 1 Mar are weekends.

    • retsgm

      Actually, 31 Dec 2014 is for Dec 2014…pay date is for the month preceding the pay date….30 Jan 2015 is for Jan….27 Feb is for Feb….

  • Lurleen Stinehart

    on May 21 2014 Rep. John Tierney introduced aH.R. 4741 surviver spouses benefits Improvement Act. for a raise from $1,233 a month to $1,572 any way I can find any results on this Thank you


    Thanks much for the info.
    Has the COLA for retirees been reduced to 1 % instead of the previous 1.7 % that was proposed back in Oct.

    • Kate

      MCPO USN, the Cost of LIving Adjustment (COLA) increase has not changed. It became effective on 1 December 2014 and will be seen in your January paycheck, which covers December, and will be paid on 31 December 2014.

  • Robert Eddy

    Somehow this has lost me. It reads like we receive pay for the future month. Indeed, I thought that the payday covered the past month — ie. check for the month of November would be issued at the end of November So in your example Friday 30 Jan 2015 would be for the month of January 2015 the month for which that pay is being made, not the month of February. ???

    • Kate

      Sigh. Mr. Eddy, thanks for pointing out that I’ve made it MORE confusing. You are absolutely correct, military retirement pay is paid in arrears. I was including the month in which the payment would have been paid if there were no weekends or holidays. Let me figure out how to make this easier. I appreciate your feedback.

    • Derrick

      You are correct as is the article. It seems that most every one making comments didn’t read the article and are saying retired paydays are for the coming month when they are for the PRIOR month. I don’t personally know anyone who gets paid at the beginning of a pay period, for work not yet done, even retirement pay!

  • Thutch6624

    You are right. What you have to remember is the fiscal year and what Congress did many years ago. The Fiscal year for Budgets and moving funds around is Sept to Sept (Remember your Training Budget deadlines for spending money) . We are paid at the end of the month for the month that has passed. However, many years ago to shift money from one fiscal year to the next year, Congress shifted the payday for Sept 30 of one Fiscal year to 1 Oct on the Next Fiscal Year. That esentially made retirees wait one extra day to receive their retirement pay. So, one months entire pay shifted from one fiscal Year to the next Fiscal Year, Billions of dollars. Since then, all paydays are on the first of the month. Unless Weekends and Holidays as noted above. If there is a Weekend, or Holiday on the 1st, then you are paid on the last weekday before then. As for the COLA raise we receive whatever Congress appropriates for Social Security Recipients by Statue (Law) , not Active Duty Service Members, so the raise for Retirees is 1.7% effective in your Jan 1 Pay.

    • retsgm

      And military and military retirees should still consider ourselves lucky on this one. Federal civilians get their paycheck one week after they complete the work. So a federal civilian gets paid for every two weeks of work but doesn’t get their first paycheck (for two weeks work) until they have worked three weeks. And that lag continues for their entire career.

  • andrea martin

    My husband medically retired this year dec 11 2014 when should we expect his first retirement pay?

    • Kate

      Mrs. Martin, I would expect that his first retirement pay should arrive on 30 January 2015.

  • charles

    the way it is set up we lose money

    • Kate

      Charles, could you explain what you mean by that?

    • retsgm

      Per my reply above…better than federal civilian employees have it.

  • William C. Smith III

    The method and manner of pay is easily understood; Why is there no chart available so I can see HOW MUCH will be in the check. Is somebody trying to pull the wool over I our eyes? That seems to be the prevailing trend. It is a simple question; the simple answer would be a pay chart. Would it not????

    • Kate

      Mr. Smith, there is no retiree pay chart because each retiree’s pay is calculated individually based upon the date that they entered military service, the retirement system under which they retired (if they had a choice), the date of retirement, the exact number of years and months served, and the rank at retirement. It’s not a chart, it is a formula, and the results are different for everyone.

      You can easily access your monthly Retiree Account Statement (RAS) online using the MyPay feature of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS). It may take a little effort to set up an account, but the Retiree Account Statement clearly shows the amounts coming into and out of your monthly retirement paycheck. I know that my grandfather uses it each month to make sure that he knows what it is going on – I am sure you would like it, as well.

      • Guest 8

        Do you have a website address?

        • Kate

          The website for DFAS is http://www.dfas.mil. From there, you can click on the myPay link to go to the myPay home page, or you can use this address: https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx

          I don’t even bother to remember the exact address because it is the first result if you put “mypay” into a good internet search engine.

  • Eric

    The pay date for March is Friday, 27 February 2015.

  • James Pierce

    How bout just posting the twelve month calendar and circling what day of the month a retiree will receive there retirement check, LESS CONFUSING. Everything you explain is not new, we went through the same thing in 2014.

    • Kate

      Mr. PIerce, I will do that. However, I don’t understand how circling dates on a calendar is less confusing that listing dates in a list. Can someone please explain what is so difficult about this concept?

  • James Pierce

    Hey thanks for posting the calender reflecting the retire paydates. I guess it’s just a visual thing thing with me. I’m not concerned about the dates represent ing certain months I just wanted to know EXACTLY on what day of any given month that retired pay would be deposited. Thanks, you done a GREAT JOB. Keep up the good work….SEMPER-FI

    • Kate

      I’m glad it will help; you are not the only person who says that the calendar format works well for them. I will remember that in the future! Thanks for reading!

  • Tom Arnhold

    Ok, so I turned 60 on December 1, 2014. Does anyone know if I will get my first check on January 30, 2015 or will it be February 27?

    • Kate

      Mr. Arnhold, congratulations on your milestone birthday. IF you submitted your application to start receiving retired pay, you should have had your first pay deposited on 31 December. If not, it should start on the pay period after you submit your application, giving a week or so for processing time.

  • Rod

    on the chart at the very end….shouldn’t it be 2016?

    Thursday, 31 December 2015: replaces 1 January 2015 payday, for December 2015

    SMSgt Rod

    • Kate

      SMSgt Rod, you are absolutely right. My brain is having a hard time talking about 2016 already!!

  • The Stanleys

    THANK YOU! Your efforts make our lives a little bit easier and wegreatly appreciate your help!

  • Dolores Nevins

    Hi Kate,
    Please disregard todays email I sent. I just received a call from Edward at LAAFB stating he had received an email from my daughter questioning why her Mom didn’t receive the packet and he apologized and said he found it in the mail box and so it was never mailed last Tuesday as he promised. He will mail it tomorrow and I will call him when I receive it. Thank you anyway Kate, Dolores Nevins

  • retsgm


    Looks to me like you did a pretty good job explaining this. I’m sure the calendar helped for visual learners as well. This is still a much simpler process than federal civilian pay or figuring out how VA compensation starts…now that was confusing. You are rated for disability back to your first day out of the service but your pay entitlement doesn’t start until the 1st of the next month and it is paid in arrears either at the first of the next month or (as with retired pay) on the last business day of the previous month. Basically, unlike retired pay, there is a 30 day gap with no benefits if you retire at the end of a month as is the norm for retirement for length of service….THAT is confusing.