Retiree Pay Procedures

Air Force Retiree

Like active duty members, retirees must have their pay directly deposited into their bank. Unlike active duty, retirees can only get one check each month. You are usually paid on the first working day of each month for the previous month. Check out our Retiree Pay Day schedule.

Your Retirement Account

Like your active duty pay, retirement pay is processed by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), unless you are Coast Guard. In that case your pay is handled by the Pay and Personnel Center (PPC). 

All changes to your account must be done using myPay or PPC.

Your tax documents will be available online from myPay or PPC by default. You can get them by mail, but you must request that specifically. 

Who to Contact Regarding Your Retired Pay

As always, it is easier and faster to use the internet to take care of things, but there are times when that isn't possible. You can call DFAS at 800-321-1080 or PPC at 866-772-8724 or use postal mail to contact them at:

Change of Address for DOD Retirees
Defense Finance & Accounting Service
U.S. Military Retired Pay
8899 E. 56 St. 
Indianapolis, IN 46249-1200
Phone: 800-321-1080
Fax: 800-469-6559
Change of Address for Coast Guard Retirees
Commanding Officer (RAS)
U.S. Coast Guard
Pay & Personnel Center
444 E. Quincy St.
Topeka, KS 66683-3591
Phone: 866-772-8724
Change of Address for DOD SBP Recipients
Defense Finance & Accounting Service
U.S. Military Retired Pay
8899 E. 56 St. 
Indianapolis, IN 46249-1300
Fax: 800-982-8459

Paper forms can take up to 60 days to be processed.

Direct Deposit Abroad

Retirees living outside the U.S. can enroll to have their monthly payments directly deposited in their bank accounts. Contact DFAS or PPC for more information.

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