Retirement is a PROCESS, not an event!
In order to qualify for a military
retirement, a Soldier must serve 20 qualifying years. A year qualifies as a
good year with at least 50 points and the Soldier served the entire Anniversary Year
Ending date range.
There are a number of time periods that a Soldier could only earn limited numbers of Inactive Duty Service (IDS) points. It is very important to remember that when you begin comparing the points in the various columns to the points displayed in the total column.
Maximum IDS Points Allowed Per Year
There are four dates to keep in mind regarding the maximum inactive (non active duty) service points allowed per anniversary year.
Example of IDS point limit on your 5016.
*any active duty points earned would still apply; total point limit per year is 365 or 366 for a leap year
Example of Total Points Difference:
If you add all the point columns together
you may get a different number than is displayed in column 10. That’s OK you’re not going crazy. It’s because of the
IDS point limitations. The total columns for the sample above are used in the
Not accounting for the MAX IDS point
limits = 944 + 0 + 466 + 3807 = 5217
Column 10 accounts for MAX IDS points
allowed = 5126
When you have 20 qualifying years of service and qualify for retirement, there are a few things you need to do:
Your S1/G1 or RPAC will build and help you complete your packet to transfer to the retired reserve. The packet will be forwarded to the Readiness Division. The Readiness Division will produce your transfer order.
The checklist to the right will take you to the request packet.
At the same time you submit for your request to transfer to the retired reserve, your unit should submit for your retirement recognition items using the checklist T-11-A-5.
IN THE GRAY AREA
Once you transfer to the retired reserve, you are now in the gray area. The gray area is the period in which you are no longer drilling, but you are not receiving your retired pay yet.
While in the gray area, the Soldier is responsible to keep HRC informed of any POC change; mailing address, phone number, or email address. If that information is not up to date, it could affect your retired pay. To update your POC information you can reach HRC at 888-276-9472 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You should continue to review your documents and ensure they are all accurate. If you notice that you are missing documents or your points statement is incorrect, it is not too late to solve the problem. You can always reach out to HRC or to your readiness Division RSO for assistance.
RESERVE RETIREMENT BRIEFINGS
As you approach your retired pay eligible age, you should plan on attending a reserve retirement briefing. The dates and locations can be found in the calendar to the right. These briefings are a wealth of information and is recommended that your spouse attend as well. Topics covered at the briefings:
When you transfer to the retired reserve, you will turn in your CAC. Without your CAC you will be limited to your ability to access many of the websites after you retire. In order to maintain accessibility you will need to create a DS Logon account.
This account will allow you to access sites like MyPay, HRC records portal and more, as if you still had your CAC. The link to create this account is: https://myaccess.dmdc.osd.mil/identitymanagement/authenticate.do?execution=e4s1
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DoD successfully closes BRS Opt-In WindowThe Blended Retirement System opt-in enrollment period closed at midnight on Dec. 31, 2018, capping off the successful roll-out of a new retirement system for members of the uniformed services. More than 400,000 DOD service members chose to opt into BRS during the enrollment period, and more than 150,000 new members were automatically enrolled upon entering the service. (Read more)