2016 Active Duty Military Paydays

Active Duty Military Paydays

Don’t forget that you can find all the updated 2016 military pay charts here at Military.com.

Military paydays are simple, but they can still be confusing.  Active duty military paydays fall on the 15th of the month and the first of the following month, unless those days fall on a weekend or holiday.*  If the 15th or 1st fall on a weekend or holiday, the payday is pushed earlier to the last business day before the weekend or holiday begins.  Therefore, the active duty military paydays for 2016 are:

Friday, 15 January 2016 (for more information, see 15 January 2016 Military Pay)

Monday, 1 February 2016 (for more information, see 1 February 2016 Military Pay)

Friday, 12 February 2016 (for more information, see 12 February 2016 Military Pay)

Tuesday, 1 March 2016 (for more information, see 1 March 2016 Military Pay)

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 (for more information, see 15 March 2016 Military Pay)

Friday, 1 April 2016 (for more information, see 1 April 2016 Military Pay)

Friday, 15 April 2016 (for more information, see 15 April 2016 Military Pay)

Friday, 29 April 2016 (for more information, see 29 April 2016 Military Pay)

Friday, 13 May 2016 (for more information, see 13 May 2016 Military Pay)

Wednesday, 1 June 2016 (for more information, see 1 June 2016 Military Pay)

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 (for more information, see 15 June 2016 Military Pay)

Friday, 1 July 2016 (for more information, see 1 July 2016 Military Pay)

Friday, 15 July 2016 (for more information, see 15 July 2016 Military Pay)

Monday, 1 August 2016 (for more information, see 1 August 2016 Military Pay)

Monday, 15 August 2016 (for more information, see 15 August 2016 Military Pay)

Thursday, 1 September 2016 (for more information, see 1 September 2016 Military Pay)

Thursday, 15 September 2016 (for more information, see 15 September 2016 Military Pay)

Friday, 30 September 2016 (for more information, see 30 September 2016 Military Pay)

Friday, 14 October 2016 (for more information, see 14 October 2016 Military Pay)

Tuesday, 1 November 2016 (for more information, see 1 November 2016 Military Pay)

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 (for more information, see 15 November 2016 Military Pay)

Thursday, 1 December 2016 (for more information, see 1 December 2016 Military Pay)

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Friday, 30 December 2016

Many banks or credit unions offer early direct deposit of military pay as a benefit to their customers.  If you bank with one of these financial institutions, then the day that you get your deposit may be different from the actual military payday.  You’ll need to see my individual bank and credit union listings or check with your bank or credit union for more details about their policies and practices.

Don’t forget that your pay can arrive any time on payday, or on the day that your bank or financial institution does your pay deposit.  Every payday, I hear from service members who are worried that their pay is late.  99% of these situations are resolved with a few hours of patience.

Now, if payday has truly come and gone, and you still don’t see your pay deposit, then there are things that you can do to track down the source of the problem.  See Why Didn’t I Get Paid? for more information.

*Note:  some military members use the Once A Month Pay Option.  In that case, they are paid only on the first of the month, or the last business day prior to the first of the month.

About the Author

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.