If you have been in the military for more than ten years, you are likely looking at sticking around for retirement. If so, you have a retirement decision to make prior to reaching your fifteenth year in service. Many servicemembers choose to accept the so-called "Redux" or Career Status Bonus that offers $30K up front and a significantly reduced retirement payment later. If you entered service after August 1986, you have the option to choose either the High 36 retirement system, or the Career Status Bonus/REDUX (CSB) retirement system. If you decline to make a choice you will automatically receive the High 36 retirement plan.This decision is not to be taken lightly. Watch the following USAA video featuring June Walbert to learn more about this important decision.
There can be a lot of confusion about the relationship between military retirement pay and other benefits and federal benefits such as social security and Medicare. Part of the confusion comes from the fact that there are regular changes to the situation, and the internet contains a lot of outdated information. Retirement Pay A relatively […]