Knowing your military pay dates can help you avoid confusion as to when you should expect to see your military pay deposited into your bank account. Each service member has the option of receiving his or her pay once or twice a month. If they select to receive their pay twice a month, they will receive semi-monthly pay on the 15th of each month. If the 1st or 15th falls on Saturday or Sunday, payday is the Friday before. See the active duty and reserve component military pay dates in this Military.com article.