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Leave, Earnings & Pay Information




Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) & Pay Information

In most cases, it takes up to 15-45 days for that first check. It can come sooner, but generally not. Typically, the trainee is paid on the 1st and the 15th following the first initial check and they will need to have submitted their LES no less than 7 days prior to the 1st or 15th day of the month they have entered.

For those of you who may have an issue, concern or problems with pay. Your Trainee/Airman must be the one to make the phone call unless you can provide proof of Power of Attorney

When your AB arrives at BMT, they will be issued a "Eagle Cash Card" (store value card). The amount on the card is $400.00 and is used to purchase supplies they may need while they are in training. This advance will be taken out of the first paycheck. Your Trainee's LES will show they were paid the $400, and then the same amount will be deducted. It looks like your Trainee was charged twice, but they weren't.

Does my Airman have to pay for their own uniforms? NO

Due to military accounting practices, it only looks like airman pay for uniforms. However, the LES, (Leave and Earnings Statement on the my pay site they can pull and print), will show both a credit and debit for uniforms above and beyond their base pay. This is for DOD required financial accounting of their issued items only. If they are discharged from the military before their first year is complete every issue item must be returned.
***Clothing allowance: 2016 rates as currently published
Initial issue in BMT:
AF only Males - $ 1499.40. Females - $1713.91 (this is the allotted above and beyond the base pay)

Your Trainee's Uniforms are being furnished by the AF. This is an approximate list: They receive 2 sets of Dress Blues, 3 sets of Camo Fatigues, Military Marching Boots, Steel Toe Boots, Dress Shoes, Trench Coat, Light-weight Jacket, t-shirts, socks, underwear, etc.

Enlisted Basic Allowance:
Males $280.32. Females: $282.96 (this is the annual allowance for airman less than 3 years in service and paid on the anniversary month
Enlisted Standard Allowance:
Males $400.44 Females - $404.28 (this is the annual allowance for 3 years or more in service and paid on the anniversary month

Remember base pay is prorated based on date of arrival and that the $400 advance will be repaid. So that first checks are going to be tiny the later in a month they arrive. First paychecks take about 4-6 weeks to catch up to the airman depending when they start BMT. Payday is the 1st and 15th of the month unless they fall on weekend or Holiday... Then they usually post checks a work day or 2 before.

Here is a great official link with understanding pay and allowances and current pay charts you may want to review...

Here is the Department of Defense Financial Management Regulation. Volume 7A: "Military Pay Policy - Active Duty and Reserve Pay"

They will earn 30 days of paid vacation a year which is 2.5 days per month. If they take RAP leave after Tech School, those days will not be deducted from their overall leave.

LEAVE: Here is Official Information shared by Diane Dickey: AFI 36-3003 which is the LEAVE Program...

6.3. Advance Leave. Advance leave is leave granted based on a reasonable expectation that a member will accrue leave during the remaining period of active military service.

6.3.1. Purpose of Advance Leave. The purpose of advance leave is to enable members to resolve emergencies or urgent personal situations when they have limited or no accrued leave. Members may not depart on leave before the unit commander approves the advance leave. Unit commanders may approve requests for members: Requesting up to 30 days of advance leave and includes leave requests which, if approved, result in a negative leave balance of 30 or less days. Requesting up to 30 days of advance leave in connection with travel, either PCS or TDY, including a consecutive overseas tour (COT). This includes leave requests which, if approved, result in a negative leave balance of 30 or less days. Completing technical training and requesting up to 10 days advance leave if the first duty station is in CONUS or up to 14 days if outside CONUS. Note: Unit commanders normally approve the lesser of 30 days or the amount of leave the member will earn during the remaining period of active military service.

6.3.2. Delegating Approval. Unit commander can delegate approval to a level no lower than squadron section commander, deputies, or equivalents. For emergency leave situations, first sergeants can approve advance leave when delegated authority to approve emergency leave for enlisted members. At headquarters‟ staff, commander can delegate approval to no lower than assistant functional deputy directors or equivalents. AETC training commanders delegate approval authority to no lower than first sergeants for enlisted members.

So the truth is airman graduating Tech School going on CONUS assignments can get 10 advanced days and going OCONUS 14... This approval is delegated to the first sergeant for AETC (Air Education Training Command) an the max in the hole they can go is 30 days... Feel free to ask questions.

Note: From Diane Dickey

For the linguistics fields and all the very long schools they won't get RAP until they graduate all schools some could be at 2 years in service before they head to the first base and get rap so they will have to request close to the graduation from the last school. Which could be Intel school at Goodfellow if they are ground linguistics or SERE training if they are airborne...

While in training, your AB will be earning their base pay. Direct deposit and MyPay are some things your Trainee will not be able to see unless it's payday & they have smart phone internet access.

Here are some of the extras you may see on their LES


  • BAS- Basic Allowance for Subsistence (about $250.00)
  • BAH- Basic Housing Allowance
  • FSA/FSH- Family Separation Allowance


Servicemember's Group Life Insurance, or SGLI, is a program of low cost group life insurance for service members on active duty, ready reservists, members of the National Guard, members of the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Public Health Service, cadets and midshipmen of the four service academies, and members of the Reserve Officer Training Corps. SGLI coverage is available in increments of $50,000 to a maximum of $400,000.(information taken from )

  • MGIB- Montgomery GI Bill ($100.00 for the first 12 months). After the first year is up, you start to see an extra $100.00 a pay period.

Explanation of the MGIB: The Montgomery GI Bill is designed to help you pay for your college education. Depending on how long you enlist with the military and the job you choose, you can get over $50,000 to help pay for college. All you have to do is give $100 a month during your first year of service. While most people think of the Montgomery GI Bill as a military benefit, it's not actually managed by the Department of Defense or any branch of the U.S. Military. The Montgomery GI Bill is actually a "veteran benefit" and is managed by the Veterans Administration, which administers the program based upon the laws enacted by Congress. To find out more about current amounts and eligibility requirements, contact your local AF recruiter or AF job counselor.

  • SepRats- If your trainee does not eat at the mess hall, s/he will see this on their LES which is about $250.00 for a PFC. However, while at BMT this will not be an issue since they are eating at the DFAC.

If he is claiming any dependents, his first paycheck will contain his base pay as well as housing allowance. If he is not claiming any dependents, his paycheck will only contain his base pay.

  • The military prorates his first paycheck. For example, if he receive his first paycheck 30 days after he arrives, he will receive the full-rate of the monthly basic pay in that paycheck. If, however, he receives his first paycheck two weeks after arrival, it will contain 1/2 of his monthly base pay, and 1/2 of his monthly housing allowance for those with dependents. Taxes and other deductions such as deductions for non-issue items will be taken out.

Here you will find the link for military pay. However, unless you have their pin, password, or POA you will not be able to get the information. Please check with your Trainee by either writing or in your next authorized call. In contacting your AB, please let him/her know what the concern is in detail, so that when they are meeting with finance they can give a detailed explanation of concerns. Remember, you'll only be getting calls WOT4 and WOT6. So this is something that is very important and the PIN number should be predetermined before s/he leaves.

Here is updated tutorial videos for some of the more common functions  DFAS Youtube Channel

  • Setting up the account:

Your AB will be receiving a temporary password which is mailed to him/her on a post card while s/he is at BMT. Once s/he gets the temporary password s/he can then go onto the system and change the password to a determined password.

If you do not have your Trainees' POA, you can send blank docs to him/her to sign through legal, or write and ask that s/he make an appointment with either financial or legal. Once they are signed, they may be able to fax it to you so that you can use it right away. Good luck!

The following links will have information regarding pay

This next link is one to help you calculate your BAH.:

This link is to a Military Pay table

Enlisted -

Officers -


  • Pay Days:

Paydays are on the 1st and 15th of the month. If it falls on a holiday or weekend, it will be paid the previous working day. (Ex. The 15th is on Sunday. You will get paid on the Friday before that. If Jan 1st is on Wed, you will get paid on Tuesday. )

If you are claiming any dependents, your first paycheck will contain your base pay as well as your housing allowance. If you are not claiming any dependents, your paycheck will only contain your base pay.

The military prorates your first paycheck. For example, if you receive your first paycheck 30 days after you arrive, you will receive the full-rate of the monthly basic pay in that paycheck. If, however, you receive your first paycheck two weeks after arrival, it will contain 1/2 of your monthly base pay, and 1/2 of your monthly housing allowance for those with dependents. Taxes and other deductions such as deductions for non-issue items will be taken out.


Air Force Recruiting Service 9/11/2013

  • "We had a few questions regarding payroll. ie no pay check."  Always make sure that they have a direct deposit slip AND a copy of the direct deposit slip in two different areas (just in case one gets ate by their dog before they get on the bus to leave)  Always keep in mind that military pay is 2 weeks behind.  When they arrive to BMT 1-15 of the month they will get that pay on the 1st of the next month.  Arrive 15-31 and they will get that pay on the 15th of the month.  IF THEY DO NOT GET PAID WHEN THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO AND THEY TURNED IN THEIR DIRECT DEPOSIT WHEN THEY GOT TO BMT!  Then all they have to do is let their MTI know they did NOT get paid and they need an appointment to go to finance to get it fixed.  Finance does jack up pay a LOT!  And then they will get it fixed.  The longer they wait the worse it will be. "Sir" Resident, Ret. Master Sgt. MTI, Thomas Rogers Hollywood
  • It is common that there may be some slight delay in payroll. Not often but it does happen. Only the trainee or Airman can take care of this since they will have to go through their First Shirt/MTI/Finance personnel.
  **Official information can be viewed & printed by clicking on the official links.
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