TEAM ARMY RESERVE: Attention! You will see additional money in your paycheck beginning in September and continuing through December, but YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY IT BACK!
This is not free money for you to spend. Please do not think you have extra money for the holidays because of the extra money showing on your LES! And don’t be caught by surprise in January when your paycheck is less than what you expected!
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Please visit the IRS website at https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/guidance-issued-to-implement-presidential-memorandum-deferring-certain-employee-social-security-tax-withholding.
As more information becomes available, it will be posted on https://www.dfas.mil/taxes/Social-Security-Deferral.
There are several factors that determine a Soldier’s pay entitlements. Some of these factors are type, length, and location of the duty. For all types of IDT, Soldiers are only entitled to Basic Pay and some incentive and special pays, if qualified and authorized. Most IDT is performed in 4 hour blocks, performance of each block entitling the Soldier to one day of Basic Pay. However, some IDT periods such as RMAs and EBDLs are only authorized one day of Basic Pay regardless of the number of hours performed during the day.
For AD periods, Soldiers always receive Basic Pay, Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) (with the exception of Initial Entry Training). BAH have different rates depending on whether the AD period is 30 days or less or 31 days or more.
Soldiers on AD may qualify for additional entitlements such as Family separation Allowances (FSA), Cost of Living Allowance (COLA), special and incentive pay, Clothing Monetary Allowance (CMA), Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA), Hostile Fire Pay (HFP), Imminent Danger Pay (IDP) or Hardship Duty Pay (HDP).
» Basic Allowances & Entitlements for Reserve Components on Active Duty (.pdf)
» Military Pay vs. VA Pay (.xlsx)
IDT and AD payments initiated in RLAS generally result in payment to the Soldier within 10 days. Units and RPACs are to initiate payment for Battle Assemblies within 24 hrs of completion, all other IDT should be process no later than 72hrs after the UA or RPAC receives the DA 1380.
AD orders of 7 days or less are paid after duty performance. The unit or RPAC can initiate payment for AD orders of 8-29 days in advance so that the Soldier receives pay on or about the last day of duty. AD orders of more than 30 days are paid on the 1st and 15th of each month.
Soldiers must provide certification of AD performance to the appropriate personnel. Failure to provide certification will result in collection of any payments made for the AD period or stoppage of pay. To certify, the Soldier must provide a copy of the orders or a USAR Form 25-R with his/her signature and the signature of someone with knowledge of duty performance as follows:
• For orders of 1-7 days, the Soldier must provide certification to the UA or RPAC to initiate pay.
• For orders of 8-29 days, the Soldier must provide certification to the UA or RPAC within 45 days of duty completion.
• For AD of 30 days or more not performed on an Army Installation, the Soldiers must provide certification to the unit or RPAC at the end of each month and at duty completion.
• Include name, SSN, mailing address, telephone number and attach documents demonstrating the error.
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