Comparing CRSC and CRDP

CRSC is an application-claim based program versus the Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments (CRDP) program, which is an automatic entitlement from DFAS for any Retiree with a combined 50% or higher VA disability rating. Some Retirees believe they are already receiving CRSC when they are actually receiving CRDP and thus do not submit their claim for CRSC. If you are not certain what you are receiving, please check your DFAS pay stub and consider submitting your claim for CRSC. The following is a summary of the contrast between CRSC and CRDP:

Comparing CRSC and CRDP

It is important to note that Retirees cannot receive both CRSC and CRDP and must elect one each year through an annual ?program election.? Many retirees are confused about which is better for them. When making this decision, please note the following characteristics of CRSC and CRDP:

Full Concurrent Receipt
No - 10 Year Phase In
(Except for 100% rated Disabled Retirees)
Required VA Disability Rating:
VA Individual Unemployment (IU) Eligible
3 Yr. Phase in (2009)
Survivor Benefit
Application Requirement
Yes - DD 2860
No - Automatic
Type of Disability
Combat Related
Service Connected
Subject to USFSPA Division?


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CRSC Eligibility

Eligible claimants are/ have:

  • Retired with 20 yrs Active or Reserve Duty*;
  • Receiving retired pay;
  • Retired pay must be offset by VA payments;
  • A 10%+ disability rating; and
  • At least one combat-related disability.

*CRSC Updates: The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was signed into law on January 28, 2008. It expanded the eligibility of CRSC to include anyone recieving military retired pay. This includes: Medical Chapter 61, Temporary Early Retirement Act (TERA) and Temporary Disabled Retirement List (TDRL) retirees. These new eligible components for CRSC went into effect January 1, 2008. Medical and TERA retirees must still provide documentation that shows a causal link between a current VA disability and a combat related event.

Combat-Related Criteria

Combat-related criteria include those VA rated disabilities that occurred under the following situations:

  • In the performance of duty under conditions simulating war (e.g., named exercises, routine field training exercises/F0000000000000000000TX)
  • While engaged in hazardous service (e.g. flight, diving, parachute duty)
  • Through an instrumentality of war (e.g. combat vehicles, weapons)
  • As a direct result of armed conflict (e.g. Purple Heart)


  • Presumptive cases (e.g. Agent Orange, radiation exposure, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

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CRSC Eligible retirees should submit their claim today!

Retirees can download the CRSC claim form DD 2860.

For more information on how to apply contact your parent military service branch:

  • ARMY:

      Department of the Army
      U.S. Army Physical Disability Agency
      Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC)
      200 Stovall Street
      Alexandria, Virginia 22332-0470
      Toll-free: (866) 281-3254
      Hours: 8am - 8pm EST
      E-mail your questions to:

      Or visit:

      Department of Navy Naval Council of Personnel Boards
      Combat-Related Special Compensation Branch
      720 Kennon Street S.E., Suite 309
      Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5023
      (Toll free 1-877-366-2772)
      United States Air Force Personnel Center
      Disability Division (CRSC)
      550 C Street West, Suite 6
      Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4708
      (Toll Free 1-866-229-7074)
      Commanding Officer (RAS)
      U. S. Coast Guard Personnel Service Center
      444 SE Quincy St.
      Topeka, KS 66683-3591
      (toll-free at 1-800-772-8724)

    Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the new Concurrent Receipt and Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC) laws.

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