Army Retirement Services Office Mission
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 retirees and families through Army installation 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 retiree bulletin Army Echoes; develops policy for the operation of the Army installation Retirement Services Program; and administers the Army Chief of Staff's (CSA) Retiree Council.
- SBP Open Enrollment Period (1 Oct 05 - 30 Sep 06) Special Section
- Retirement Services Officers (RSO)
The installation RSO is THE source for retiring and retired Soldiers, their families and, ultimately, their surviving spouses. Before retirement, you go to your RSO for your pre-retirement and Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) briefing. After retirement, you go to your RSO for assistance and for special program items such as the installation retiree council, the annual Retiree Appreciation Day and installation retiree newsletter. Click on the link above for a complete list of RSOs or an interactive link to a particular RSO.
- Army Retirement Services Preretirement
This information is designed to help Soldiers and families prepare for retirement.
- Army Retirement Services Postretirement The information provided here is intended to help retirees and their family members understand their benefits and entitlements in order to use them to the fullest extent.
- CSA Retiree Council This Council is made up of seven retired officers and seven retired enlisted Soldiers and is co-chaired by a retired general officer and a retired senior NCO. Prospective members are nominated by their installation retiree councils and approved by the CSA. At its annual meeting, the CSA Retiree Council reviews issues forwarded by installation retiree councils and determines which should be reported to the CSA and which can be addressed at the installation level.
The Survivor Benefit Plan is the sole means for retirees to continue a portion of their military retired pay to their survivors. The decision must be made at retirement from military service and is a critical one, given its lifetime impact on the family's financial well-being. This information is provided to ensure that you are able to make an informed decision about the SBP that best suits your needs.
- Casualty Affairs & Survivors Assistance This Web site provides links to resources designed to assist our Army families in the emotionally stressful time of bereavement.
- Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act (USFSPA) The USFSPA outlines the treatment of retired pay and the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) as property. It also provides information on a former spouse's eligibility for an identification card.
- Pay & CalculatorsA selection of links to web sites that provide information on your pay and benefits as well as ones that can help you plan for the future by estimating some of those benefits.
- Army Benefits Tool The Army Soldier Life Cycle Benefits web site is designed to assist Soldiers, retirees, veterans, and all family members to better understand their pay, benefits, and entitlements by providing them with links to sites that they can use to help them individually plan for their futures.
- Quicklinks: Address and Phone Directory This section provides easy access to contact information for a variety of benefits and services used by retirees and their families.
- Other Web Sites This is a list of government and military Web sites that provide information concerning many additional related benefits, such as the VA and Social Security sites, that are important to Soldiers, retirees, and their families.