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Active Duty Retirement System

Members who remain on active duty for 20 or more years are eligible for retirement. There are three non-disability retirement systems currently in effect. These are Final Pay, High-3 Year Average, and Military Retirement Reform Act of 1986 (more commonly referred to as REDUX). REDUX was revised by the FY2000 National Defense Authorization Act---a $30,000 Career Status Bonus (CSB) was added for those who accept the REDUX retirement system. Individuals formerly under REDUX may now choose between the High-3 and CSB/REDUX systems. The date you first entered the military determines which retirement system applies to you and whether you have the option to choose your retirement system.

To find out which system applies to you, select "which system" from the Navigation bar on the left. To learn more about any retirement system, select the system you are interested in from the navigation bar on the left.

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