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myPay 101

What is myPay? myPay is an innovative, automated system that puts you in control of processing certain discretionary pay data items without using paper forms. You can also get your pay and tax statements, and travel advice of payment using myPay. Why should I use myPay?  myPay saves time. myPay eliminates the need to write letters or fill out forms by letting you make your own changes immediately with user-friendly technology. myPay is convenient. You can access myPay nearly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to change...

How secure is your data on myPay?

With security breaches and data theft reported every few weeks, you might wonder how secure your military pay information is in the myPay system. Here is what the DoD has to say: This is a Department of Defense (DOD) computer system. This computer system, which includes all related equipment, software, networks, and network devices, is provided only for official U.S. Government business. DOD computer systems may be monitored by authorized personnel to ensure that their use is authorized to manage the system, to facilitate...

Hearings set on military pay and retirement

A nine-member commission, established by Congress under the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013, is traveling the country to hear testimony from military commanders and other scheduled speakers at public hearings. The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is tasked with recommending changes to military pay and retirement programs. Its goal is to help ensure the “long-term health of the all-volunteer force” and provide for a “high quality of life” for “uniformed forces” of the five...

2014 Military Handbooks Now Available

ARLINGTON, VA - Military Handbooks has released their FREE 2014 handbooks for military personnel. These handbooks, written specifically for military service members, include a variety of information about pay, benefits, education and transitioning from the military. Download any of the handbooks for FREE or purchase a printed copy. Don't forget to tell all of your military colleagues about these free handbooks too!   2014 Military Handbooks - Now Available - 2014 AFTER THE MILITARY HANDBOOK - 2014 BASE INSTALLATION...

Shutdown Ends…And 171,000 Veterans Get Tossed Off of Tricare Prime

Lost among all the huffing and hullaballoo over the federal shutdown, the debt ceiling, the WWII Monument and the baseball playoffs, some 171,000 veterans and their families have been unceremoniously kicked off of Tricare Prime, effective October 1. Earlier this year, the Department of Defense sent out a letter to affected families that any families living more than 40 miles from active or former military installations would be cut off from Tricare Prime. These families are being forced onto the more expensive Tricare Standard,...

Costco, Sam’s Club Extend Shopping Privileges to Military Members through Shutdown

Prominent grocery discount stores Costco and Sam’s Club have both announced that they will extend membership privileges to uniformed servicemembers free of charge. The privileges will extend at least through the government shutdown that is currently in place. The shutdown has forced commissaries across the United States to close due to the lack of authorized funds to pay staff and even keep the utilities going. Costco and Sam’s Club aren’t offering free groceries. But they are waiving their usual membership charges for military...

Shutdown Stops Some Bonus Pay and Tuition Assistance

While Congress voted at the last minute to continue paying active-duty troops after Oct. 1, the larger financial implication of a government shutdown became apparent when it was announced that they may not receive other important forms of compensation, from tuition assistance to imminent danger pay. The Navy initially said in a memo that service members will receive basic pay and allowances for subsistence and housing, but that other types of compensation, including danger pay, will be delayed -- affecting the nearly 60,000...

Military Pay at Risk as Government Shutdown Looms

Military pay is on the chopping block, if Congress and the President can’t come to a budget agreement in the next five days. Even a brief government shutdown could delay the processing of paychecks for soldiers, and planners aren’t sure when the deadline is to make sure all soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen getting keyed in for pay during the first and second weeks of the fiscal year get paid on time. Apparently the servicemembers and bureaucrats processing servicemembers in combat zones don’t qualify as ‘non-essential.’ Uniformed...

Congress, DoD Lock Horns in Battle Over Your Next Pay Raise

The Obama Administration would like to cap your base pay increase at 1 percent next year. That’s the pay increase the Secretary of Defense has proposed for fiscal year 2014 – the smallest military pay increase in half a century. ‘That’s not high enough,’ say members of the Republican-controlled House Armed Services Committee on Personnel. The committee voted to advance a proposal from Representative Joe Wilson (R – North Carolina) calling for a minimum 1.8 percent pay raise for troops across the board. Troops...

Military Officers Association: White House Budget Proposals ‘Cross the Line’

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) condemned President Obama’s proposed cuts in military retirement pay and benefits fee hikes, saying the President’s proposals “cross the line.” The MOAA further announced that intends to use its influence and that of its 380,000-plus members to fight both proposals. The following is verbatim from the MOAA statement of April 11th, 2013: “MOAA opposes the suggested pay cap for currently serving members of the uniformed services of 1% (versus a 1.8% raise by law)...

FREE 2013 handbooks for military personnel

Here's our official press release for the 2013 books! If you have ever downloaded or purchased a book from us, please leave a comment to let us know if you found them useful and share our site with your friends and colleagues.   ARLINGTON, VA - Military Handbooks has released their FREE 2013 handbooks for military personnel. These handbooks, written specifically for military service members, include a variety of information about pay, benefits, education and transitioning from the military.   2013 Military...

Shady Investment Companies Still Targeting Retirees and Their Pensions

Need cash fast?  Just turn on daytime television and watch all the commercials that offer to “help” you with your pressing financial needs, should you already have an annuity. Or a car, if you need a small amount of cash. Or a … While promises of quick cash easily obtained isn’t new, what is new is the upswing in the number of companies targeting military retirees and their pensions. These predatory lenders have managed to elude federal and state laws while bilking thousands of dollars from retirees and their families,...

COLA benefits in 2012

Life in the military means you may find yourself living in some pricey areas of the country. But unlike civilian employers, who usually adjust compensation levels to reflect the local cost-of-living, the military pay table is set and does not change based on location. Thankfully, military service members may be eligible for a Cost-of-Living Allowance (COLA) which is designed to help offset the effects of higher cost areas in the continental United States (CONUS). In 2012, service members are receiving a higher COLA in most...

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