Here are a few pointers concerning foreign citizenship and retired pay:

  • Retired officers & retired enlisted may not voluntarily renounce U.S. citizenship
  • Will result in loss of retired pay
  • Dual citizenship is permissible
  • Retired officers & retired enlisted may not serve in a foreign military service
  • May result in loss of retired pay
  • Exception for newly democratized nations

Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)

If a retiree renounces U.S. citizenship, they will forfeit retired pay, but are still eligible for the Survivor Benefit Plan, provided the following conditions:

  • At the time of renouncement, the deductions were being made
  • The member continues to make payments (direct contributions) to the U.S. Treasury.