Preparing to Retire

Soldiers should start gathering information and planning their military retirement 12-24 months before they submit the application for retirement. In a survey of Retired Soldiers, 88% indicated their pre-retirement briefing was "extremely" or "critically" important to their retirement planning.

Changing from military to civilian lifestyles is not always an easy task, but planning can be a big help. Upon military retirement, Soldiers change locations, careers, and lifestyles.

At least 12 months before the planned retirement, Soldiers should attend a pre-retirement briefing provided by a Retirement Services Officer. Soldiers are encouraged to attend one long before a retirement application is submitted and another shortly before an actual retirement date. Spouses are strongly encouraged to attend the briefing.

Visit your Retirement Services Officer for information on briefing dates, times, and locations.

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