Army Echoes updates 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?

The current issue of Echoes is available in PDF and Word. For past editions of Echoes, visit the Echoes archive.
Note: PDF documents require the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. It may be downloaded for free at Adobe's Web site.

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, send an email to listserv@listserv.army.pentagon.mil and put "Subscribe rso-echoes" (without the quotation marks) in the body of the email. We’ll send you 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, send an email to listserv@listserv.army.pentagon.mil and put "Subscribe rso-echoes" (without the quotation marks) in the body of the email. We’ll send you Echoes electronically.

If your status is NOT listed above and you’d like to receive Echoes, send an email to listserv@listserv.army.pentagon.mil and put "Subscribe rso-echoes" (without the quotation marks) in the body of the email. We’ll send you 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.

You can download the electronic edition on your iPhone, iPad, and Android phone using the free Echoes apps in the App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android).

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, send an email to listserv@listserv.army.pentagon.mil and put "Subscribe ArmyEchoesUpdates" (without quotes and no spaces in ArmyEchoesUpdates) in the body of an email. Old editions are posted here and can be downloaded again if lost or deleted..

Echoes History

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.

Contact Echoes

Comments concerning Echoes can be emailed to ArmyEchoes@mail.mil or directed to:
Editor, Echoes
2530 Crystal Drive, Room 6048,
Arlington, VA 22202-3941

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