An allotment is a designated amount of money that is automatically distributed for you, post-tax, from your base or retirement pay each pay period. This is the default payment method for retired uniformed service members if you have enough available funds or allotments in your retirement pay.
Active duty family members may submit a payroll authorization form, completed by the service member sponsor, to change their payment method from automatic bank withdrawal (ABW) to an allotment. You can download this form from your My BENEFEDS dashboard after you enroll.
If you're a retired uniformed service member, your first allotment is taken from the retirement paycheck you receive in the month following the month in which your coverage begins, or becomes effective. If you enroll during open season, your coverage will be effective on January 1. This means your first allotment will occur in the retirement check you receive in February.
If you're an active duty family member, the first allotment from the sponsor's pay will be taken from the paycheck that covers the first full pay period beginning on or after the date we process your payroll authorization form.