Policy Highlights
  • The Fiscal Year 2016 Nation Defense Authorization Act created a new military retirement system that blends the traditional legacy retirement pension with a defined contribution to Service members’ Thrift Savings Plan account. The new Blended Retirement System goes into effect on January 1, 2018.
  • All members serving as of December 31, 2017, are grandfathered under the legacy retirement system. No one currently-serving will be automatically switched to the Blended Retirement System.
  • Though they are grandfathered under the legacy retirement system, Active Component Service members with fewer than 12 years since their Pay Entry Base Date, and Reserve Component Service members who have accrued fewer than 4,320 retirement points as of December 31, 2017, will have the option to opt into the Blended Retirement System. The opt-in/election period for the Blended Retirement System begins January 1, 2018, and concludes on December 31, 2018.
  • All Service members who enter the military on or after January 1, 2018, will automatically be enrolled in BRS.


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Troops to Receive Training on Military’s New Blended Retirement System

The Defense Department has launched mandatory training for eligible service members about their options under the "Blended Retirement System" nearly a year before that new system goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, Defense Department officials said.

Not ‘In For Life’? Let’s Talk Retirement Anyway

The military retirement system, Defense Department experts tell me, has remained fairly consistent since the 1960s: You stay in 20 years or more, you leave with an annuity that can help support you for the rest of your life. You don’t stay in for 20 years? You don’t get the annuity.

DoD Ramps Up Training on Blended Retirement System

The Defense Department’s new retirement system will affect some 2.2 million people who all need to get smart on what it will mean.

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Your Money is Your Future!

Your Money is Your Future! Changes to the Uniformed Services retirement system are coming in 2018. Learn more from the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman.

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