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The Military Retirement System

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The Different Military Retirement Systems

There are currently four different retirement pay systems depending on when you joined the military:

Join Date Retirement System
Before 9/8/80 Final Pay
Between 9/9/80 and 7/31/86 High 36
Between 8/1/86 and 12/31/17 CSB/REDUX
After 1/1/18 Blended (BRS)

 

 

  • If you joined the military before September 8, 1980 you are eligible for The Final Pay Retirement System
  • If you joined between September 8, 1980 and July 31, 1986 you are eligible for The High 36 Retirement System
  • Between August 1, 1986 and December 31, 2017 means you get The CSB/REDUX Retirement System
  • If you join after January 1, 2018 you get The Blended Retirement System (BRS)

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How To Calculate Retirement Pay

For more information about these retirement systems and details on how to calculate your retirement visit our Computing Retired Military Pay page.

About The Military Retirement System

The military retirement system is arguably the best retirement deal around.

Unlike most retirement plans, the military offers a pension that starts the day you retire, no matter how old you are. That means you could start collecting a regular retirement pension as early as 37 years old. What's more, that pension check will grow with a cost of living adjustment each year.

Your surviving family members can even draw a portion of your retirement if they outlive you.

All of these retirement systems have a common thread: If you stay in the military for 20 or more years, you get a pension based on a percentage of your basic pay.

More Retirement Pay Information

Details on the CSB/REDUX system, including comparisons between the options.

All about the Blended Retirement System.

The Thrift Savings Plan.

Survivor Benefit Plan Overview