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How Your Sailor Gets Paid During Navy Boot Camp

Direct Deposit is mandatory for military pay. You should already have a bank account set up before you leave for basic training, and bring your account information and an ATM/debit card with you. If you don't have an account set up, one of the first things the staff will do is require you to establish an account at the base credit union or base bank. However, it may be several weeks before the bank can give you a debit card, which will impact on your ability to access your pay.

 

During your in-processing, you will complete paperwork to begin your military pay. Military personnel are paid on the 1st and 15th of each month. If those days fall on a non-duty day, you are paid on the duty day, preceeding. Your pay is direct-deposited into your bank account.

 

So, when will you receive your first paycheck? Good question, and one that can't be answered accurately. In general, if your military pay information is entered into the Finance Computer System prior to the 7th of the month, you'll receive your first paycheck on the following 15th. If the information is entered into the Finance Computer System after the 7th of the month, but prior to the 23rd of the month, you'll receive your first paycheck on the following 1st. However, please note that the date you fill out the paperwork during in-processing and the date the information is input into the Finance Computer System are not the same dates. A Finance Clerk is going to take the paperwork you filled out, and enter it into the Computer. However, the clerk is entering the information of hundreds of other recruits at the same time, so it may take several days before yours gets entered. I always advise people to estimate that the first paycheck won't be deposited until a full 30 days after arrival. That way, if you're paid before that, it's an unexpected surprise, and if it takes the entire 30 days, it's what you were expecting anyway.

 

In any case, your first paycheck will contain all the pay you have coming to you at that point. For recruits without dependents, that means base pay, only. For those with dependents, it means base pay and housing allowance. Your first paycheck will be "pro-rated" to the number of days you've been on active duty. For example, if you receive your first paycheck 30 days after arrival, you will receive the full-rate of the monthly basic pay in that paycheck, and (if you have dependents), the full rate for the monthly housing allowance. If, however, you receive your first paycheck two weeks after arrival, it will contain 1/2 of the monthly base pay, and 1/2 of the monthly housing allowance (for those with dependents). Of course, taxes and other deductions (such as deductions for non-issue items, such as running shoes, soap, shampoo, laundry, ect.) are taken out.

 

SRs are paid while in Boot camp.

Source: About.com

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Thank You Sir. I appreciate the information. I just talked with ny daughter last night. I should have known she had already done everything you suggested and has in fact received two paychecks by direct deposit. So we are good to go.

My son only took 20 dollars to boot and left his ATM card at home. should I mail it to him?

How does my son pay for DIV pictures,ect. ect.? Is it taken out of his pay ?

His expenses will be paid for through his Navy Federal account if he chooses to....that is how most recruits do it....

My son is leaving for Basic in three days.  After reading through the immense amount of information ;), I see that only the recruits are able to purchase the pictures before the actual PIR date?  If we wanted to get more pictures will that be an option?  I am assuming at this point he will need to go ahead and order all that might be needed..

Thanks!!  

RECRUIT INDIVIDUAL/DIVISION PHOTOS & DVD OF PIR/GRADUATION & YEARBOOK: If your recruit has not ordered any of these, you may contact the Navy Exchange Photos Lab after  the graduation date to order at 847-578-6205.

The photo lab only keeps individual photos and yearbooks (if available) for about a year and division photos back about 10 years. Older items are are not available.



NavyDads Co-Admin, Jim said:

Ross, this link will take you to a page that will have the Photographic services number at the bottom. Just give them a call:

http://www.navydads.com/group/pirtipshintsandhelps/forum/topics/ord...

Ross Canion said:

My son is leaving for Basic in three days.  After reading through the immense amount of information ;), I see that only the recruits are able to purchase the pictures before the actual PIR date?  If we wanted to get more pictures will that be an option?  I am assuming at this point he will need to go ahead and order all that might be needed..

Thanks!!  

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