Here is an example Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)...
Important points are numbered and explained below, while the 'bottom‐line' entries are highlighted.
These are the dollar figures that will or will not end up in your bank account.
1. EOM Pay ‐ End Of Month Pay. This is the final amount that will be deposited into your bank
2. Total Entitlements ‐ This is how much money your soldier has earned during the month. This will
include their base pay, plus any bonuses and benefits that your soldier is entitled to, such as
hostile fire pay, BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing), etc...
3. Total Deductions ‐ This is money that is being taken away from your soldier's entitlements. Most
often this column lists tax payments.
4. Total Allotments ‐ This is money that your soldier has voluntarily chosen to have automatically
taken outof his check to be deposited elsewhere, such a savings account or to pay off a loan.
5. ID ‐ This is your soldier's identity information. If any of this is not correct than have your soldier
correct it immediately, as it may prevent them from getting paid correctly.
6. Leave ‐ This row states how much leave time your soldiers has saved up and used recently. The
important numbers are explained below.
a. BF Bal ‐ How much leave was saved up before this LES
b. Ernd ‐ How much leave has been earned since the last LES
c. Used ‐ How much leave has been used since the last LES
d. CrBal ‐ The current balance of leave days
7. YTD ENTITLE / DEDUCT ‐ These are your Year To Date numbers. These can be important when it
comes to calculating taxes and certain state or federal benefits, such as school grants.
8. Remarks ‐ These are assorted, often cryptic, and hard to understand comments concerning the
LES. The most important comment is usually the first one, and that is which bank account this
LES is being deposited into. If you switch banks, make sure that the change is reflected here.
Other notes will often explain unusual entitlements or deductions.