Posted on Jul 15, 2015
LTC Stephen F.
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I remember pay call while being stationed in Bamberg, Germany in the early 1980's. I think pay call was only used for forces stationed overseas [expect that includes all Navy vessels as well] where a choice of currency to receive your pay made sense. Pay call made sense when many service members did not have direct deposit for their salary. I don't know if pay call still exists and where it is used.

[Update July 19] I was an infantry training company commander in 1985 and 1986 so the soldiers under my command [IET soldiers] had pay call and I am pretty sure they were strongly encouraged to get direct deposit. I don't remember if the National Guard soldiers had to switch to direct deposit after they finished infantry one station unit training (OSUT) or if they were exempted because they were not going to be on active duty.

Images: Marines 2nd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company Pay Call;
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LTC Stephen F.
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I remember being a pay officer in Germany for 1st Battalion, 52nd Infantry Regiment at Warner Barracks in Germany. I carried a briefcase with US dollars and Deutsche marks from the finance office to the battalion area. I was armed with a pistol in the holster while carrying and issuing the money during pay call. Having to keep strict accountability of the funds was an important lesson for me as a young officer.
I certainly enjoyed spending my Deutsche marks at the Bäckerei [bakery], Metzgerei [meat market] especially when we are on maneuvers in the German countryside.
Images: 1981-09 1st BN 52nd IN Controllers for Reforger exercise –results of morning brotchen run – breakfast on the hood of the jeep - West of Giessen, Germany.
1981-09 1st BN 52nd IN Controllers for Reforger exercise –results of morning brotchen run – alternate of breakfast on the hood of the jeep - West of Giessen, Germany

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SPC Lyle Montgomery
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I was in the Army in 1969 to 1971 We always were paid in cash once a month. In viet Nam we received MPC ( military payment certificates) instead of greenbacks. We called it funny money but it was goog at the PX and clubs.
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MSG Conrad Winchenbaugh Jr
MSG Conrad Winchenbaugh Jr
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Pay Call at Ft. Dix , NJ in 1969.
Republic of Vietnam MPC ( military payment certificates) in 1969 - 1970
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SGT David Schrader
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I remember pay call at Fort Ord California in 1971 Basic Training’
Stationed in Eschborn Germany with Company D, 317th Engr.Bn from 1972 - 1974.
Line up behind the orderly room at the XO office, come to attention, salute and say: Sir, specialist Schrader reporting for pay. Receive your pay, come to attention, salute get released, do an about face and get back to work.
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LTC Stephen F.
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Thank you my friend MSG Conrad Winchenbaugh Jr for making us aware that you remember pay call at Ft. Dix , NJ in 1969.and being paid in Military Payment Certificates while being deployed to Vietnam 1969 - 1970.
Do any of these MPC's seem familiar?
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1. $1 Military Pay Certificate (MPC) Vietnam
2. $10 Vietnam War MPC
3. $20 Military Payment Certificate US MPC Series 691 Vietnam War Obverse
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Pay call in the late 50s was in cash, once a month. Right after the appropriate amount was disbursed, the 1SG was ready to be sure that each EM was "participating" in the US Savings Bond program, and whatever other charitable functions were current that month. Long ago and far away - for and EM under E6 to have a checking account permission from the COC was needed. Looks like many things have truly improved over the last few generations.
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LTC Gary Macnamara
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I was the class "A" agent for my company, "B" Company, 2/508 PIR, in the Dominican Republic. I picked up a payroll of 24,000 dollars in $5.00 bills. They were all new bills and would frequently stick together (I learned to pay attention and did not come up short.). I paid in a tent with a .45 pistol on the table and a guard with an M-16. This might think think this was overkill but a class "A" agent at Ft. Bragg was held up outside the 82nd Airborne Division Finance Office at Fort Bragg and his guard was shot. The robber was caught and I am sure he did a long stint at Fort Leavenworth.
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CSM Donald McGlasson
CSM Donald McGlasson
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Sound like many of you came along later than I did! I not only remember "pay call" overseas in the mid 80's in Germany where you would have to exchange US currency into marks so that you could pay rent or use in town. I also remember having "pay call" every month in my unit at Fort Bragg in the 70's. We all looked forward to "pay day activities" once a month (we only got paid once a month) where we would have a barracks inspection, in-ranks inspection and "pay call", then the rest of the day off (usuall by 1200 hrs). It was like running the gauntlet, first you would get in line and check off by the company clerk, then report to the pay officer, and of course Top would be there at the end of the line to collect some type of "voluntary?" (red cross, AUSA, etc) donation.
Those days as an enlisted Soldier also came with duties to perform as payroll guard or driver (DA6) duty a couple times a year.
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CPT William Jones
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CSM McGlasson: must hace been a very small unit to get guard or driver for the pay officer as it was only paid monthly and their are only 24 needed per year. Former unit pay officer most months from Dec 66 to Jan 1972
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SPC Dwight Turner
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that was way before my time !!! hey thanks for sharing
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MSG Floyd Williams
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I remember like it was yesterday!
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LTC Stephen F. - those were some good ole days, before the internet.
I also remember a MILITARY WORKING DOG/MP guarding the cage too at Fort Sill in 1989. Wow I was nervous as can be sounding off for that pay-while in BCT.

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SSG Edward Tilton
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Korea 63,64,65 with VD Lecture and Donut Dollies
Vietnam 66, 67 I don’t remember a single one. I guess that without the VD lecture they weren’t memorable
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