Military.com Pay App Makes Life Easier

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A new app focused on military pay and benefits takes the guess work — and googling — out of exactly what your paycheck should look like.

The app, run by Military.com and available for both iPhone and Android, is clean cut, easy to navigate and simple to use. Instead of sitting down and searching for “military pay 2015” every time I want an update on just what that next promotion is going to do for us, this handy app makes it easy.

Here’s my Military.com pay app review.

This Military.com pay app is really simple. It helps you figure out your pay.

When you first open the app, you have three options — pay calculator, news and information and resources. Let’s talk about the pay calculator first.

When you tap “pay calculator” you get a very straight forward screen. Here you get to select your pay grade, branch, and years in.

The Military.com pay app helps you easily calculate your military pay and benefits in one handy place -- no squinting at tiny pay charts required. http://wp.me/p1d7d0-8ov

 

Tap to the next screen and you calculate your allowances (dependents?) and pull up your housing allowance based on an alphabetical list of possible locations. I thought scrolling through this to find “Fort Campbell” was going to be annoying, but it went faster and was easier than I expected.

The Military.com pay app helps you easily calculate your military pay and benefits in one handy place -- no squinting at tiny pay charts required. http://wp.me/p1d7d0-8ov

 

You can also manually enter your COLA or other allowances. If you don’t know what your COLA rate is you can tap “look it up here” and be sent outside the app to the Defense Travel Management site which, unfortunately, is not mobile responsive.

Finally you’ll head to the “special pay” section where you can select any other pays for which you qualify (Hazardous duty pay? Sea pay?).

The Military.com pay app helps you easily calculate your military pay and benefits in one handy place -- no squinting at tiny pay charts required. http://wp.me/p1d7d0-8ov

This whole time at the top of the app you can see your pay number change as you add money … up, up, up (hopefully).

Easy!

The Military.com pay app also has other helpful sections.

There are two other sections in the pay app, both of which can be really useful, especially if you’re looking for information beyond just that paycheck number.

The Military.com pay app helps you easily calculate your military pay and benefits in one handy place -- no squinting at tiny pay charts required. http://wp.me/p1d7d0-8ov

 

Take a trip over to the news and information section and you can scroll through a TON of Military.com articles on exactly what your pay is, how it works and how it’s changed lately. Helpful!

Go over to resources and you can see articles categorized by subject — even more helpful.

The only bummer about both of these things is that tapping the article takes you outside the app. However, because Military.com’s site is mobile responsive, it’s still easy to read and use.

The Military.com pay app takes the guesswork out of military pay benefits in a way that is easily accessible and user friendly. This is an app I’ll be keeping around.

Go here to download the app from the Apple store and here to get it for Android.

About the Author

Amy Bushatz
Amy is the editor in chief of Military.com’s spouse and family blog SpouseBuzz.com. A journalist by trade, Amy also covers spouse and family news for Military.com where she is the managing editor of spouse and family content. An Army wife and mother of two, Amy has been featured as a subject matter expert on CNN.com, NPR, Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC and BBC as well as in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. Follow her on twitter @amybushatz.
  • Jay H.

    For those of us wanting to know the name of the app as listed in Google Play Store it is called “Military Pay by Military.com” created by Monster Worldwide. You can also just search using “Military Pay” and look for the Military.com M logo. You can also click the link at the end of the the article if you are reading this on you mobile device.

    • Marie

      I noticed that the BAH is incorrect when I type in my zip code so I just left that off. That may need to be fixed.

  • guest

    One weird thing I’ve noticed, on the site, and in this app, is that most of the special pays are Navy/diving oriented. There’s not much listed for Army. For example, jump pay, HALO is listed but regular jump pay is not. There are a number of SOF related special pays that don’t appear on the list.

    • Amy_Bushatz

      Great feedback thank you! Ill pass it on.

      • Docs are people too

        I get it, military doctors have a really complicated pay structure, but as the app gets revised, working out medicine pay would really open this app to many families.

  • tom

    They should also add in for Reservists

  • James

    Can you add in space for those who have retired? That would be nice.

    • Nothing Changes

      What changes for retirees? 50% of your high three indexed to CPI. That’s it. No special pays, no bah, no bas, no cola, no longevity bonuses. It’s literally the same thing no matter what forever (indexed). One pay that changes once a year, its easy as 3.14.

      Heres the app: What did you make last month? You’ll make that the rest of 2015, and in 2016 you’ll get a pay bump based on CPI, and repeat.

  • Dennis John

    Agree James, add one for us retires

  • You are doing very well dear. Keep sharing with us.