The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023 includes a Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) Open Season. The SBP Open Season began on December 23, 2022 and ends on January 1, 2024. The Department of Defense, along with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) and the branches of service, are working on implementation guidance, forms, policies and procedures. For the most up-to-date information, go to https://www.dfas.mil/RetiredMilitary/provide/sbp/SBP-Open-Season-NDAA2023/. Check back on this page for Army-specific information. We will publish more information as it is received.
The Department of Defense Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) program was established by Congress in 1972 to give retiring Soldiers a way to provide a portion of their retired pay to their eligible survivors should they pass away. Choosing to participate in the SBP program extends a portion of the benefit of retired pay past the lifetime of the Retired Soldier to their eligible survivor(s).