Army Retirement Services

Monday May 21, 2012

What is it?

Army Retirement Services, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1, Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA), provides information on benefits and entitlements to active duty Soldiers and families preparing for retirement and to retired Soldiers and families through Army Retirement Services Officers (RSO). In accordance with AR 600-8-7, Army Retirement Services develops Army policy and procedures for the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) program; publishes the HQDA bulletin for the retired Soldier, Army Echoes; develops policy for the operation of the Army Retirement Services Program; and administers the Army Chief of Staff's (CSA) Retiree Council.

What has the Army done?

Today, more than a million retired and retiring Soldiers and family members are supported by Army Retirement Services and a network of 62 Retirement Services Officers (RSOs) at major Army and Joint installations. The Army is the only military service that provides this comprehensive level of service and support.

Over the last two years, Army Retirement Services has improved support provided to retiring Reserve Soldiers and their families through the Army Reserve Regional Support Commands (RSC) and Army National Guard State Headquarters.

Army RSO maintains MyArmyBenefits website which is the Army's official benefits portal that provides life-cycle benefits information, comprehensive planning tools, and resources to all Soldiers and their families, active and reserve. MyArmyBenefits is relevant to all phases of a Soldier's life, with military-specific state and locality tax and benefits information, resource locators and calculators that assist families budgeting for deployment and projecting retired pay or survivor benefits.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

The Army will continue to improve service and support to the Army Reserve and National Guard. In the coming months, Reserve and National Guard Retirement Officers will provide dedicated regional support to ensure all Soldiers and their families have access to representatives who understand the unique challenges faced by Reserve and National Guard Soldiers.

Why is this important to the Army?

At more than a million strong, retired Soldiers, surviving spouses and their families continue to tell the Army story. They remain connected locally and at HQDA through the retiree council program - providing feedback and serving as ambassadors in communities around the world.


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