Allotments On Your LES

The third, and simplest, major block on a military Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) shows the allotments that you have set up to have money paid directly to various companies or organizations.  These are sometimes known as payroll deductions.  This block is on the far left of the LES, after the Entitlements and Deductions blocks.

There are two categories of allotments, discretionary and non-discretionary.  Discretionary allotments are paid to non-government organizations  or agencies, and are always at the direction of the servicemember.  Servicemembers may have up to six discretionary allotments each month.  Non-discretionary allotments are made to government agencies or groups.  Sometimes these are directed by the service member, sometimes they are withheld by the government for a debt.

Discretionary Allotments

Bank Acct Allot:  Payments designated to go to a checking or savings account.

Discretionary Allotm:  A catchall when the other listings are not used.

Insurance Allot:  Payments to a private company for insurance converage.


Effective 1 January 2015, allotments for the purpose of buying, leasing, or renting personal property (such as furniture or jewelry) are prohibited.

Non-Discretionary Allotments

This is a designated amount of money that is automatically distributed from a military person’s pay that may or may not be voluntary and cannot be started or stopped at the member’s will.  This may include charitable contributions, payments for services, or debts owed to the government.

AFAF Allot:  Contributions to the various relief societies are often lumped under this category.

Comb Fed Campaign:  Charitable contributions to the Combined Federal Campaign.

NMCRS Allot:  Charitable contributions to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

Privatized Housing:  “Rent” payments to a privatized housing company for base housing.

Savings Bonds:  When a servicemember makes arrangements to have a portion of their pay automatically directed towards the purchase of US Savings bonds.

Tricare Dental, or TDP:  The voluntary (but good!) dental insurance program available to military families.

U.S. Debt:  A repayment of debt to the U.S. government, such as delinquent taxes. or one of the military relief agencies (such as Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Air Force Aid Society, Army Emergency Relief, and Coast Guard Aid Society.)

I am 100% positive that you have probably seen some things on your Leave and Earnings Statement that I have not seen.  Let me know so that I can make this list more complete!

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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.