The Pentagon today is reassuring service members and civilian employees in the Defense Department that they’ll receive their full paychecks this week despite the close call in Congress that nearly shut down the government Friday.
“Basically, all active duty and reserve service members will receive full mid-month pay on the 15th of April,” Pentagon spokesman Marine Col. Dave Lapan said. “It may be in two separate payments, but on the 15th everyone will receive their full allotted pay.”
Last week, service members readying themselves for the shutdown read announcements from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service suggesting that they’d receive only week’s pay instead of two. That would’ve severely crimped the budgets of many young, enlisted service members who live paycheck to paycheck.