WASHINGTON (Army News Service, March 4, 2009) -- The Army has created a Retirement Guide just for Army Reserve Soldiers and their families.

The 26-page Army Reserve Non-regular Retirement Information Guide was written specifically to cover the unique circumstances of Reserve retirement.

The Guide is the result of a collaboration between the Army G-1 Retirement Services Division, part of the G-1's Human Resources Policy Directorate, and the Army Reserve Command.

"Publishing this Guide represents a big step forward in helping to ensure that Reserve Soldiers and their families receive the Army's full support before and after retirement," said John Radke, chief of Army G-1 Retirement Services. "My team now includes an Army Reserve liaison officer, Lt. Col. Robert Hagan, who is spearheading our initiative to support this vital population."

One only needs to open a newspaper or turn on the television to understand the tremendous contributions the reserve-component Soldiers are making every day in support of Army missions literally across the globe, Radke said.

"We know these Soldiers are serving with distinction. We owe it to them and their families to make sure they're ready to retire," Radke said.

Publishing this guide will make it much easier for reserve-component Soldiers to understand the chronological steps they need to take before their actual retirement.

The Guide is in the process of being distributed through the Reserve. In the meantime, it's available online on both the Army G-1 Retirement Services homepage at http://www.armyg1.army.mil/retire, under the "What's New" tab and on the special Army Knowledge Online site for Army Retirees at https://www.us.army.mil/suite/page/559734.

(Laura Paul serves with the G-1 Retirement Services Office.)