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IMA Pay Office

A note from the RPO

For most pay requests, please allow our office up to 10 business days to process your documents. If at that time you don't see an LES on MyPay, please give us a call.  

To avoid a delay in pay, and if your tour is less than 30 days, you may submit your orders using Electronic Tour of Duty Certification (TODC). If you choose this option in place of the hard copy, your orders will be processed within 4 business days upon certification by your certifier. For a tutorial on how to use TODC, Seee the "Tour of Duty Certification Instructions" below (Note this cannot be done if IDTs are in conjunction). 

If you have issues sending an encrypted email to the RPO please try to fax the document or use the myPers messaging tool (see instructions below).

Average processing times: 

  • Leave Carry Over: This is sent to DFAS 10 business days after receipt; it may process within 15-30 days 
  • Leave Sell: 15-30 days to process/produce LES, depending on type of leave sell request 
  • Short/Long Tours: 10 business days to process; 15 business days to produce LES 
  • Accessions: 10 business days to process; If sent to DFAS it may process within 15-30 days 
  • OHA/COLA: 10 business days to process; 15 business days to produce LES 
  • Leave Number: 7-10 business days to generate leave number 
  • Pay Inquires, including dates that are more than 11 months back: 15 business days 

 If you have any travel related documents for payment, please send them to the IMA Travel Office.

Finance and pay resources

  • Leave can be transferred to an AGR/EAD tour with no break in service.
  • Leave can be transferred to an MPA/RPA Order.
  • If you are performing back-to-back orders with no break, this process may not be necessary. It depends on what order you are transferring leave from.
  • Leave cannot be carried over to a VLPAD Program. 


Step-by-step instructions:

  • Review the Air Force Reserve Command Leave Carryover Program Policy Guidance Phase II
  • Complete a Leave Carryover Statement of Understanding. This must be signed by your Supervisor and CC/Director (of your gaining unit where performing duty) prior to publishing of new order.
  • Complete an AF 1089. Include the order number from which you are carrying leave from in Part IV, Remarks, and ensure the form is dated prior to publishing of the new order. The HQ RIO/RPO also needs the completed AF 938 that you are carrying leave from. The commanding officer must sign/date block 44 after your tour is complete.
  • The statement of leave carryover must be written into your new order, or as a modification to it. In order to have the leave carryover statement authorized in your order, you must submit the signed Leave Carryover Statement of Understanding to your Detachment so the authorization can be written in the M4S/E49. A modification can also be generated to approve this, but only if the SOU was approved prior to the orders being published.

    (Note: If carrying leave to an AGR tour, this step is not needed)

    The statement in the orders should read "Member is authorized to use XX days of leave carryover in addition to normal leave accrued during this tour."
  • Keep in mind:

    Orders will not be extended for the sole purpose of taking leave carryover. However, with the gaining commander’s approval of a leave carryover request, the leave carryover days will be “built into the orders” upfront and prior to orders initial publication, as part of the “tour length.” Once the orders are published, the orders cannot be amended after the fact to extend the order for the sole purpose of taking leave/leave carryover days.


    Once you have the Leave Carryover Statement of Understanding and the authorization published in the order, you can email the pre-certified order (on the start date) to the RPO. Also send in the AF Form 1089 and the final certified order (AF938) from which you are carrying leave from (4 total documents).

    In order to sell any outstanding leave, please submit a completed Leave Sellback MFR with a final, certified copy of the corresponding order (AF 938) to the HQ RIO Reserve Pay Office.

    Individual Reservists may now submit pay documents via myPers by following these steps:

    1. Log-in to myPers
    2. Select "Incidents/Messages" from the My Account block (top left)
    3. Select "E-mail Us"
    4. Component - Select "Air Reserve" and "Officer" or "Enlisted"
    5. Category - Select "Compensation"
    6. Enter a descriptive subject and relevant text in the "Question" field
    7. Use the "Choose" button to attach pay documents
    8. Select "Continue" to submit

    DSN: 847-3711
    Fax: 720-847-3960
    Email: Arpc.riorpo.1@us.af.mil

    Mailing Address:
    Attn: Reserve Pay Office
    18420 E. Silver Creek Ave.
    Bldg. 390, MS68
    Buckley AFB, CO 80011

    DFAS Pay Charts

    Blended Retirement System

    The Fiscal Year 2016 Nation Defense Authorization Act created a new military retirement system that blends the traditional legacy retirement pension with a defined contribution to Service members’ Thrift Savings Plan account. The new Blended Retirement System goes into effect on January 1, 2018. All members serving as of December 31, 2017, are grandfathered under the legacy retirement system. No one currently-serving will be automatically switched to the Blended Retirement System. Though they are grandfathered under the legacy retirement system, Active Component Service members who entered the military after December 31, 2005, and Reserve Component Service members who have accrued fewer than 4,320 retirement points prior to January 1, 2018, will have the option to opt into the Blended Retirement System or remaining in the legacy retirement system. The opt-in/election period for the Blended Retirement System begins January 1, 2018, and concludes on December 31, 2018. All Service members who enter the military on or after January 1, 2018, will automatically be enrolled in BRS.