The Pentagon’s accountants said today that all troops will receive their pays and allowances on time for the mid-month paycheck next week, but some details remain unclear.
The Defense Finance and Accounting Services issued a statement saying that “Normal pay and allowances have been processed and you will receive them in your mid-month pay. The amount reflected in your mid-month statement will be deposited.”
DFAS officials are beginning the process of running the payroll for the Oct. 15 paychecks and have been awaiting the Pentagon’s official interpretation of the law Congress passed on Sept. 30 ensuring troops get paid during the government shutdown.
A Pentagon official familiar with the process said troops will likely receive all pays, allowances and bonuses, including incentive pays and reenlistment bonuses. However, any payments that are not directly issued to service members, including some issued to spouses such as death benefits, may be withheld, the official said.
DFAS spokesman said the agency on Wednesday will provide a detailed list of the pays and bonuses slated for inclusion in the next week’s checks.