Army Echoes informs Retired Soldiers, surviving spouses, and their Families about changes to their benefits and entitlements, developments within the Army, and how they can continue to support the Army.
The current issue of Army Echoes is available in both full color, high-resolution (PDF) and black and white, printer-friendly (PDF) formats. For past editions of Army Echoes, visit the Army Echoes archive.
You can read the Army Echoes Blog between editions of the newsletter to stay updated. We post to the blog three to five times each week. Instructions for subscribing to the blog are on the blog’s webpage.
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The best way to subscribe depends on your status. If you are:
- A Retired Soldier collecting retired pay or a surviving spouse 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” Retired Soldier (in the Retired Reserve not yet collecting retired pay), ensure the Reserve Retirements Branch at the US Army Human Resources Command (HRC) has your current mailing and email address by calling them at 1-888-276-9472. You can also update your mailing and email addresses yourself by going directly to the HRC My Record Portal, and logging in with your DS Login. Until they start collecting retired pay and have a myPay account at DFAS, Gray Area Retired Soldiers can receive the (larger) electronic edition of Army Echoes by subscribing on our webpage.
- A surviving spouse of a Soldier and are NOT collecting a Survivor Benefit Plan annuity, use our subscription form to receive Army Echoes electronically. If you prefer to receive it by mail, send your name and address to the editor at ArmyEchoes@mail.mil.
- A current Active Duty, National Guard, or Army Reserve Soldier, use our subscription form to receive Army Echoes electronically.
If your status is NOT listed above and you’d like to receive Army Echoes, use our subscription form to receive Army Echoes electronically.
In 2016, the Army increased the electronic edition of Army Echoes to 24 pages. Fiscal constraints prevent printing more than 16 pages in the hard copy that we mail.
Electronic editions include links to additional information on external websites and to email addresses for RSOs and other resources.
The Army Echoes Blog keeps electronic subscribers updated between editions. Please visit and subscribe to the blog.
Past editions of Army Echoes 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. Today, Army Echoes, is a 16-page printed newsletter and a 24-page electronic newsletter published three times each year plus a blog with posts three to five times per week. The Army now mails or emails Army 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 Army Echoes by email.
Comments concerning Army Echoes can be emailed to ArmyEchoes@mail.mil or directed to:
Army Echoes Editor
251 18th Street South
Arlington, VA 22202-3531