Disclaimer: I am not a professional military expert and any and all advice should be verified with the proper military office or official.
I’ve been reading some of your blogs, love them. I also noticed that you haven’t been on lately so we will see how this goes. My fiance just recently left for basic training. I don’t know how anything works. I know he gets paid. We paid bills together so had a joint account. He set up direct deposit to this account while he is away. Do you know when that money starts coming in? I’m paying his car loan, insurance, phone, and many others and this information would be important.
A. Hi, and congratulations on your boyfriend enlisting into the Army. The military is issued their pay 2x a month on the 1st and 15th. If he is in BCT pay can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks. Even so, he will be back paid. He will complete the processing of his pay documents and so forth at BCT. You can view a 2011 Military Pay Chart here: http://www.dfas.mil/militarypay/militarypaytables/2011MilitaryPayTable1-4.pdf
Edited to Add via our comments: The guys actually get paid on the 15th and 30th of every month. Your paycheck on the “1st” is actually pay for the prior month. It makes a big difference when stopping/starting an allotment or calculating other entitlements. Pay from the 1-15 is paid on the 15th and pay from the 15-30 is paid the 30th (aka 1st). Doesn’t seem like a big deal, but take it from someone who worked at finance and had to explain this to soldiers everyday because of some issue that affected their pay!!
Best of Luck!
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