STAND-TO! Edition: Thursday March 14, 2013

Today's Focus:

Army Reserve Retirement Services

What is it?

In an effort to increase Army Reserve Soldier's awareness and understanding of their retirement benefits, the Army Reserve created dedicated Retirement Services Offices within each Regional Support Command (RSC) in April 2012. These offices are staffed by two trained Soldiers - an officer and a senior non-commissioned officer. Their purpose is to provide timely and accurate benefits information to all retiring and retired Soldiers, surviving spouses and their families.

What has the Army Reserve done?

The 2002 Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference via AFAP issue #529 recommended the placement of Retirement Services Officers (RSOs) in each RSC to address the disparity in retirement services support provided to active component personnel vs. Army Reserve personnel. Army research indicated that the Army Reserve did not have viable systems in place to provide pre/post retirement services comparable to the services received by the active component and National Guard.

The Ready and Resilient Campaign also builds upon physical, emotional and psychological resilience in our Soldiers, families and civilians so they improve performance to deal with the rigors and challenges of a demanding profession.

What continued efforts does the Army Reserve have planned for the future?

Army research indicated Soldiers at approximately 18 years of service needed to be better educated about retirement services support. Educating Soldiers about their retirement benefits is critical to ensuring they are able to make good decisions when they reach 20 years and have to make a [Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan]( Component Survivor Benefit Plan RCSBP Coverage and Costs) election.

The Army Reserve conducts pre-retirement seminars in each RSC region with a goal of hosting a minimum of four seminars regionally each year. The program continues to make progress in ensuring adequate permanent placement of civilian personnel within each RSC to handle its regional area of responsibility, ensuring all Soldiers receive the support they need and deserve at the appropriate time in the transition process. The transition of all Soldiers, not just those retiring, is a process, not an event; the earlier Soldiers begin the transition process, the more successful they will be.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army is committed to providing the men and women who have selflessly served our great nation with the resources and support necessary to posture themselves for a seamless transition to civilian life. The establishment of Army Reserve Retirement Services offices is just one component of the Army's unprecedented effort to ensure the resources and support are provided to help transitioning Soldiers and families as they depart the Army.


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Soldiers are and will always be the centerpiece of our Army. The readiness and resiliency of our Soldiers, civilians and family members is dependent on their physical, mental and emotional fitness. To ensure the health and well-being of the entire team, our goal is to invest in and improve the performance of every individual on the team. Our success requires engaged leadership at all levels, a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach, and effective prioritization of resources.

- Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Army Chief of Staff

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