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Military Pay Allotments

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Now available: The Military Pay App. Military.com 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. Update: Service members are now blocked from setting up new paycheck allotments for personal property, Defense Department officials have announced. The change, which officials said is designed to protect troops from "unscrupulous... more

Clothing Allowances

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To help pay for a member's uniform and other clothing costs, you may be given a clothing allowance (if appropriate clothing is not furnished). It is Department of Defense policy that the quantities and kinds of items of individual clothing to be furnished shall be prescribed by the respective Service Secretary or the Commandant of the Marine Corps under the parameters set by the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Management Policy). The fol... more

Dislocation Allowance

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The purpose of Dislocation Allowance (DLA) is to partially reimburse a servicemember, with or without dependents, for the expenses incurred in relocating the member's household on a PCS, housing moves ordered for the Government's convenience, or incident to an evacuation. This allowance is in addition to all other allowances and may be paid in advance. The amount varies by rank and family status. Normally you can receive DLA only one time per... more

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

On the phone. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Raymond J. Piper/Army

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

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