Wondering what the 2021 military pay dates are? Not sure where to get your hands on your LES? We’ve got you covered.
Service members usually receive their pay on the 1st and 15th of each month, but in the event that payday falls on a weekend or holiday, the payments will go through on the last workday prior to the break.
Some service members, however, may have opted into a single payment per month pay schedule. Service members that only receive one payment per month will receive their pay on the 15th of each month, or on the immediately preceding workday if that pay date falls on a weekend or holiday.
Military payments will include basic pay and any applicable entitlements for each service member. These entitlements may include Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), Basic Allowance for Sustenance (BAS), and any other specific entitlements related to orders being executed.
The 2021 military pay dates are as follows:
|Month||Mid-Month Pay||End-of-Month Pay|
|January 2021||Jan. 15||Feb. 1|
|February 2021||Feb. 15||Mar. 1|
|March 2021||Mar. 15||Apr. 1|
|April 2021||Apr. 15||Apr. 30|
|May 2021||May 14||Jun. 1|
|June 2021||June 15||July 1|
|July 2021||July 15||July. 30|
|August 2021||Aug. 13||Sep. 1|
|September 2021||Sept. 15||Oct. 1|
|October 2021||Oct. 15||Nov. 1|
|November 2021||Nov. 15||Dec. 1|
|December 2021||Dec. 15||Dec. 31|
Although these are the dates payments are dispersed, these aren’t necessarily the dates the money will appear in your bank account. Different banks process incoming payments at different rates, but you will often see deposits process quicker when using military-friendly banks like USAA and Navy Federal.
Leave and Earnings Statements
A Leave and Earnings Statement, or LES, is a document that’s generated on a monthly basis to keep service members apprised of their pay and leave status. The LES includes pay and leave accrued during that month’s cycle, as well as any pertinent deductions. Service members and their families can use their LES to keep track of their finances throughout the year.
You can access your LES online through MyPay.
New LES’s post later in the month, and reflect pay and deductions from the previous month. LES publication dates for 2021 are as follows:
|January 2021||Jan. 25|
|February 2021||Feb. 22|
|March 2021||Mar. 25|
|April 2021||Apr. 23|
|May 2021||May 25|
|June 2021||June 24|
|July 2021||July 23|
|August 2021||Aug. 25|
|September 2021||Sept. 24|
|October 2021||Oct. 25|
|November 2021||Nov. 22|
|December 2021||Dec. 23|
Feature image courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Jim Araos, U.S. Air Force