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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 commercial lenders," went into effect Jan. 1, 2015, according to the military announcement. "This will significantly improve protections for all service members and their families, while not significantly reducing the flexibility to use allotments for a number of legitimate purposes," the release said. Under the new policy, service members will be banned from setting up payment allotments for any vehicles, household goods, electronics or "other consumer items that are tangible and moveable." For more details, see this Military.com article.
An allotment is a designated amount of money that is automatically distributed for you, from your pay. There are many reasons to have an allotment, including setting aside funds for family, or paying off a loan from the military, or paying for your life insurance premiums. The following summarizes what you need to know about allotments:
There are two types of allotments: discretionary and non-discretionary. You can have up to six discretionary allotments per month, and any number of non-discretionary allotments, as long as the total allotments per month is 15 or less.
Your allotment is evenly divided between your semimonthly paychecks. For example: If you have an allotment of $100 it will reduce your take-home pay on the 1st and 15th by $50.
All active duty service members, midshipmen, cadets, and reservists on EAD are eligible to make allotments from their pay. In addition, to help servicemembers transition from active duty to retired status, retirees are eligible to continue all existing authorized allotments.
In addition retirees are eligible to continue all existing authorized allotments. This is to help servicemembers transition from active duty to retired status.
There are two general categories for allotments: discretionary and non-discretionary. Allotments can either be voluntarily, or involuntarily taken from your paycheck. All allotments require a DD 2558 form.
A discretionary allotment is a voluntary allotment that is setup by a member and may be stopped, started or adjusted at will. Members are authorized no more than six discretionary allotments.
Examples include, but are not restricted to, the following:
Non-discretionary allotments may be voluntary or involuntary and they cannot be started or stopped at the member's will. Non-discretionary allotments of military pay and allowances by members in active military service are limited to the following:
Questions concerning SPECIFIC PAY ACCOUNT INFORMATION should be directed to the servicing payroll office or to your normal customer service representative as follows:
|Civilian Employees||Your local Customer Service Representative|
|Annuitants||1-800-321-1080 (US) or (216) 522-5955 (Outside US)|
|Military Former Spouses||1-888-DFAS411 or 1-888-332-7411, DSN 580-5096|
|U.S. Air Force Active||Your Local Finance Office|
|U.S. Air Force Reserves||Your Local Reserve Center Finance Office|
|U.S. Army Active||Your servicing Defense Military Pay Office or Finance Battalion|
|U.S. Army Reserves||1-888-DFAS411 or 1-888-332-7411, DSN 580-5096 or your administrative unit|
|U.S. National Guard||1-888-DFAS411 or 1-888-332-7411, DSN 580-5096 or your administrative unit|
|U.S. Army Separatees||1-888-DFAS411 or 1-888-332-7411, DSN 580-5096|
|U.S. Marine Corps Active||Your Local Admin Office|
|U.S. Marine Corps Reserves||Your Local Admin Office|
|U.S. Navy Active||1-888-DFAS411 or 1-888-332-7411, DSN 580-5096 or your Local Personnel Support Detachment|
U.S. Navy Reserves
|1-888-DFAS411 or 1-888-332-7411, DSN 580-5096 or your Local Reserve Personnel Support Detachment|
U.S. Coast Guard Pay & Personnel Center
Call 866-PPC-USCG (772-8724)
0700-1600 (Central time) M-F & Select Weekends
Important Note: If you have an allotment question or problem, you should visit your local pay office with the question first. If your pay office can't resolve the problem, it should officially refer your question to DFAS.
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