My soldier has to wait four to six weeks to receive his first paycheck, but I’ve heard there are ways to get around it.
Unfortunately, this rumor is generally true as the first paycheck typically does take four to six weeks to arrive. It depends on when in the pay cycle he begins basic training, if he has all of the necessary paperwork completed and how fast they process the paperwork.
In most situations, he will receive his first paycheck within two pay cycles of starting basic training (not arriving there). However, I always tell everyone to be prepared for six weeks just in case.
Some people have emailed me to say they heard that the recruiter can speed up the paycheck process and help him get it faster – FALSE. The recruiter doesn’t have anything to do with him getting paid.
Some have said if they complete all of the paperwork ahead of time, he will get paid faster – FALSE.
While this does help and ensures mistakes are not made on the paperwork, having the paperwork completed before he arrives will not speed up the process. However, it is a good idea to gather all of this information before he leaves so he has what he needs.
Typically, there is enough time between him leaving his current job and enlisting in the Army to set up a plan to avoid financial hardship while waiting for his first paycheck.
Calling his commanding officer will not speed up the process or help out your soldier. Call your creditors to let them know the situation if all else fails. They are much more understanding if you make the call versus waiting to be called about a late bill.