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.

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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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SFC Myron Cofer
SFC Myron Cofer
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Thank You Sir! My experience with "First Tank" convinced me, that I would be making the Army a Career. We worked hard and we played ever harder!
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SSG Todd Cadle
SSG Todd Cadle
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The Zoo! B Co, 1/52 IN, 86-88
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SPC Edward Abney
SPC Edward Abney
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63,64, stationed at Hokkaido Japan, no cash, just MPC, (Military Payment Certificates, looked like Monopoly money)
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CPT William Jones
CPT William Jones
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I was the pay Officer in units in RVN,Germany, and CONUS.It was a real hassle for pay officer. Go to finance draw your unit payroll verify it and sign for it . (any missing at return you paid for. Return to unit break the total down to each persons pay using largest bills possible but no change it was carried over. Top lines the troops up and the line moved through. Each person saluted (not returned by pay officer)and counted money out and they signed the playbook master and recounted their money back if they desired most did. Tracked down any person away from unit on orders to pay them. After all paid that was possible verify cash left against unpaid vouchers and go back to finance and Settle your account. Most I paid out was about $90,000 in RVN headquarters company engineer command. Direct deposit required came in after I left active duty.
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SP5 Jim Taylor
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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
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
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
SPC Dwight Turner
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that was way before my time !!! hey thanks for sharing
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MAJ Donald Zlotnik
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We have to be kindred spirits! I recall my pay being $71 a month. My last name being Zlotnik, I was always paid by the CO last--but I would wait outside the exit door and collect the money I loaned out for 100% interest--$5 for $10 paid back on payday. We were stationed in Italy and for $5 you could have a good meal, get **** and mildly drunk. I bought a new TR4 with my earnings and spent a lot of time touring Italy. (1960-63)
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SFC David Xanten
SFC David Xanten
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My name starts with a X and I was always last in line as we were paid alphabetical by rank. There was a guy one rank above me, his name was Zamora and when I made E-5 and caught him in grade the very next pay was by check. I never got paid ahead of him and I was pissed
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SPC John Cowhig
SPC John Cowhig
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I remember payroll guard duty on Camp King , 4th Trans BDE , in Oberürsel Germany. M16A1 locked but not loaded. I remember thinking " If anyone wants to rob us , they WILL have a round in the chamber....
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CPT William Jones
CPT William Jones
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SPC John Cowhig - When I was pay officer, many times and many places when I was handed money My guard and I shut our bolts (his a rifle, mine a pistol) and I moved to a table to count it. One time finance officer himself came out and told me I couldnt do that ( I was 1LT at time ) I asked him whose money it was mine or his since we were still in building he said mine. So I told him we were guarding my money since he was not responsible. Last I ever heard about that and I did it everywhere every time I was pay officer
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SPC Dwight Turner
SPC Dwight Turner
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good job captain jones you told him
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