Military Separations

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Final Pay and Debt

Wondering why you haven't received your final pay? The timeline varies based on your service and specific situation. For questions about what you'll be paid and when you'll get it, go to your separating office first.

Before you receive your final pay your finance, or administrative, office audits your pay account. If your finance office finds debts of any amount on your pay account – it can take up to 120 days or more to get your final check.  Even small debts that are less than your final pay amount can delay your pay.

Examples of common small debts:

  • Tuition debts
  • Travel overpayments
  • Property loss debts that you haven’t settled
  • Small pay adjustment debts

No matter what your particular situation, getting educated about your service’s procedures for separation will help you avoid debt. For more specific service information, view your service page.

Updated Mar. 3, 2016