2016 Pre-Retirement Guide

2016 Pre-Retirement Guide

October 13, 2016

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The Association of the United States Army, as the professional voice for America’s Soldiers of yesterday, today and tomorrow, wants to help you and your Family through the stressful and hectic period of preparing for retirement. You owe it to yourself to be as well prepared as possible to enjoy the retirement you have earned. 

Read this pre-retirement guide cover-to-cover, and keep it handy as a ready reference. Online, add to your “favorites” list the HQ Army Retirement Services homepage and your installation Retirement Services Officer’s (RSO) homepage. And, of course, work with your RSO — he/she is your expert on all topics associated with military retirement. Keep in mind, too, that you will have the support of an RSO throughout your retirement years, no matter where you live. AUSA will continue to do our part in helping you plan for the “rest of your life” by continuously updating and improving this publication. It is one of the ways we can ensure that every Soldier and spouse understands important topics such as the value of the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP); the benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); and the medical care that is available from TRICARE, the military world-class health care system.

I would like to acknowledge HQs Army Retirement Services and the Army Human Resources Command (HRC) for their contributions to providing an insightful and informative guide for retiring Soldiers of all components. We offer this guide to personal security to those who have devoted their professional lives to ensuring our nation’s security. Thank you for your service.

“Once a Soldier, Always a Soldier…a Soldier for Life!”

Carter F. Ham
General, U.S. Army, Retired
Association of the United States Army