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Military Annual Leave

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If you are active duty in any of the five branches of the armed forces or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) you earn 30 days of leave (paid vacation) every year. Military and NOAA members earn 2.5 days of leave for each month of service. Up to 60 days of leave can be banked (accrued) over a two year period, but your leave balance is checked on the first day of the fiscal year (October 1) and any excess leave above 60 ... more

Retired Pay Centers

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The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) operates the Defense Retiree and Annuitant Pay System (DRAS). The DRAS replaced the former systems performing military and annuitant pay processing through the Department of Defense. The system is a standard combined system. It uses advanced data processing techniques and telecommunications capabilities. The simplest and quickest way to manage your retirement account is through myPay , DFAS's ... more

Military Retirement Paychecks

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All military retirees are required to have their retirement paychecks sent by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to a financial institution. Retirement Paychecks are always electronically deposited on the first business day of the month. In addition, International Direct Deposit (IDD) is available to U.S. military retirees and annuitants living in certain overseas locations. The following is a summary of retired payment information: Setting Up ... more

Be Prepared: 5 Steps to Build Your Emergency Fund

Your furnace breaks. It will cost thousands to get it working again. What do you do? If you don’t have an answer, it may be time to start building your emergency fund. Unfortunately, many of life’s setbacks can’t be predicted, and not having funds set aside can leave you with high credit card debt—or in even worse financial straits. Follow these steps to get started toward this important savings goal: 1. Make it a priority. We all know that ... more

Career Sea Pay


Now available: The Military Pay App. has launched a new app that allows you instantaneous access to information about your pay and allowances from your mobile device. Get the free app for Android or iOS. Enlisted Career Sea Pay Overview: If you are an active duty enlisted service member on sea duty, you are entitled to Career Sea special pay, at a monthly rate of up to $750. For officer sea pay information click here. Your act... more

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