RESTRICTIONS FOR RETIRED MILITARY PERSONNEL
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* Retiree Restrictions Overview *
Retirees should not engage in personal or professional activities which are incompatible with the standards of conduct expected of active duty personnel. This page provides an overview of appropriate behavior and your responsibilities as a retiree.
Conflict of Interest
You cannot receive pay from more than one Federal Government source. There are restrictions on searching for a job (see non-government employment), but for the most part you may work with whom you choose.
Foreign Citizenship and Retired Pay
Renouncing U.S. citizenship will forfeit your retirement pay. However, you may still be eligible for the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP).
Foreign Government Employment
The Constitution prohibits retired military (officer and enlisted) from working for foreign governments without Congressional consent. Read here for more details.
Generally speaking, there is no provision of Federal law that prevents retirees from being employed in any private company of their choosing.
Soldiers and their families need to plan their military retirement long before the application for retirement is submitted. Read about getting ready to retire and restrictions on job-searching.
There are generally no restrictions on where you may retire. This page provides some helpful information for you if you plan to travel / retire overseas.
If you had any sort of security access before you retired, you must complete a Security Termination Statement. Read here for further details of terminating your security clearance.
Speeches and Publication of Articles
Political activities, speeches, and articles are generally un-restricted in retirement. There are a few exceptions - read here for further details.
Learn where and where not to wear your uniform. This page goes over the basics of where and how to wear yours.
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