Posted on Sep 9, 2014
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I served 4 1/2 years in the National Guard and I have recently accepted an Active Duty Commission. I'm confused when it comes to the Mid-Month-Pay Advance that appears under my deductions.
What is Mid-Month-Pay? When am I given that pay advance? Do I receive the full amount of mid-month-pay?
Please feel free to share any other advice or insight on Active Duty Pay that you might have.
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SSG Human Resources Specialist
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Congrats on your commission Sir, let's get to your pay. All military service members to the best of my knowledge receive mid-month pay. That mid-month pay is an advance of half what DFAS estimates your total monthly pay will be. If you look on your LES, you’ll see mid-month pay in the middle column, as a deduction. The LES shows that your pay is calculated on a monthly basis, and that the mid-month pay is deducted from the total to result in your end-of-month pay. DFAS calculates on a 30 day cycle regardless if the month has 31 days.

Since you you served 4.5 year prior to you commission, pay close attention to your LES, you may receive O-1E pay. This is only applicable if you have 4 years and 1 day of active duty or more than 1460 points as a warrant and/or enlisted member.
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SSG Jacob Wiley
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I opted to only get paid once a month also. Made the change about a year ago. I find it easier to budget when you have your lump sum, pay your bills and the remainder is yours to do with as you please.
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for some once a month is good, I found it easier for me to budget it for twice a month
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LTC Paul Labrador
LTC Paul Labrador
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SFC William Swartz Jr, when we came in the Army way back when we could choose either/or. Nowadays, from what I understand, everyone coming in no longer has that choice. I'm not sure when it changed. I still get my pay once a a month and pay all my bills within the first couple of days of the month.
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LTC Paul Labrador
LTC Paul Labrador
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Only problem with once a month is you have to make sure all your bills are clumped together and that you have enough in the bank to cover anything unexpected for the rest of the month as there are no funds coming in until next month.
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SSgt Tim Ricci
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I remember when Mid Month pay started, I was an E2 and was asked to fill the form out for how much I wanted, so I figured out that half my pay was 150 so I wrote 150 on the form, well for the next 4 years through promotions and everything I only got 150 for midmonth pay!
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LTC Paul Labrador
LTC Paul Labrador
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Lol....
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We technically only get paid once a month at the end of the month. The mid month deduction is approximately half of the pay given around the halfway point of the month which gives you your two week pay. Thus, you get paid twice a month (once in the middle, once at the end) and that equals your whole pay check for that month.
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LTC Paul Labrador
LTC Paul Labrador
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SSG (Join to see) - IIRC you still get 2 LES but mid-month pretty much has nothing on it.
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SSG Motor Transport Operator
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LTC Paul Labrador okay thanks because I submitted my paperwork two weeks ago and when I checked my les today is was the same as any other month and was wondering did my paperwork need to be re submitted
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LTC Paul Labrador
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SSG (Join to see) - Probably doesn't kick in until next month.
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SSG Motor Transport Operator
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LTC Paul Labrador okay so I will get September 1 pay skip September 15? Then October 1 will be a full months pay?
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