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  • Survivor Benefit Plan for Reserve Component

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    The Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP) enables people who served in Reserve Components to leave the people they care about with a benefit called an “annuity.” An annuity is a monthly payment that lasts the lifetime of your beneficiary after you pass away. The amount of the monthly payment is a percentage of your retired pay, and that percentage depends upon the election you make when you sign up for RCSBP. The RCSBP is quite sim... more

  • Guard and Reserve Survey Deadline Extended

    The cutoff date has been extended for Guard and Reserve Soldiers to complete a survey on gender relations in the workplace. The new deadline for mailing surveys is Oct. 13, and Soldiers have until Oct. 19 to complete the online "2015 Workplace and Gender Relations Survey of Reserve Component Members" (2015 WGRR). The survey went out to 487,300 members of the Reserve components, Aug. 7. Soldiers can see if they have been selected as part of the... more

  • Reserve and Guard Retirees Near to Becoming 'Vets'

    On the eve of Veterans Day, the Senate passed a bill with language to grant "honorary" veteran status to as many as 200,000 Reserve and National Guard retirees — those not deemed veterans now because they did not serve a qualifying period of active service under federal orders. The House is expected to adopt similar language soon, either by passing a standalone bill from Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), the Honor America’s Guard-Reserve Retirees Act (... more

  • Plans for Reserve/Guard Retirement Getting Clearer

    Many Reserve and National Guard members are likely to face a difficult choice of retirement plans next year. Some reserve component advocacy groups are delighted by the prospect that their members will be given the choice: to stay under their current retirement plan or accept a reduced defined benefit at age 60 in return for participating immediately in a 401(k)-like Thrift Savings Plan. More details of that choice are emerging as architects o... more

  • Early Retirement Benefits for Marine Reserve SSGs

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    NEW ORLEANS -- Marine administrative message 138/14 announced that within fiscal year 2015, the Marine Corps is authorized to offer voluntary retirement at a reduced monthly retainer-pay rate to Reserve-component staff sergeants. The Marine Corps Active Reserve Enlisted Temporary Early Retirement Authority Program gives early retirement benefits that active-duty Marines received in fiscal year 2012 to Active-Reserve Marines. Applicants must h... more

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