Army Echoes informs Retired Soldiers, surviving spouses, and their Families on changes to their benefits and entitlements, developments within the Army, and how they can continue to support the Army.
Where can I read Echoes?
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How do I subscribe to Echoes?
The best way to subscribe depends on your status. If you are:
- A Retired Soldier collecting retired pay or the surviving spouse of a Soldier who is collecting a Survivor Benefit Plan annuity, just ensure that the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) has your current mailing and email address. To update DFAS, create or update your myPay account. You may also call DFAS at 1-800-321-1080 or call the nearest installation retirement services officer, whose contact information is located here.
- A “Gray Area” Soldier (in the Retired Reserve not yet collecting retired pay), just ensure the Reserve Retirements Branch at the US Army Human Resources Command has your current mailing and email address by calling them at 1-888-276-9472.
- A surviving spouse of a Soldier and are NOT collecting a Survivor Benefit Plan annuity, use our subscription form to receive Echoes electronically. If you prefer to receive it by mail, send your name and address to the editor at ArmyEchoes@mail.mil.
- An Active Duty, National Guard, or Army Reserve Soldier, use our subscription form to receive Echoes electronically.
If your status is NOT listed above and you’d like to receive Echoes, use our subscription form to receive Echoes electronically.
What is different about the electronic edition?
In 2013, the Army increased the electronic edition of Echoes to 20 pages. Fiscal constraints prevent printing more than 16 pages in hard copy.
Electronic editions include links to additional information on external websites and to email addresses for RSOs and other resources.
Periodic email updates keep electronic subscribers updated between editions. To subscribe to the email updates, use our subscription form. Old editions are posted here and can be downloaded again if lost or deleted.
The first Retired Army Personnel Bulletin was published in March 1956. Previously, Retired Soldiers received information through inserts in their paychecks. After conducting a survey of Retired Soldiers, the Army changed the publication’s name to Army Echoes in January 1979, and shortened it to just Echoes in January 2009. Today, Echoes, is a 16-page printed newsletter and a 20-page electronic newsletter published three times each year plus frequent email updates. The Army now mails or emails Echoes to over one million Retired Soldiers and surviving spouses. As publication and mailing costs have increased, the Army is shifting to more electronic publication. Soldiers who retired after January 1, 2012 may only receive Echoes by email.
Comments concerning Echoes can be emailed to ArmyEchoes@mail.mil or directed to:
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Arlington, VA 22202-3531