Blended Retirement is on the horizon

By Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey

Starting Jan. 1, active-duty service members with fewer than 12 years of service as of Dec. 31, 2017, and those Reserve component service members with less than 4,320 points will have until Dec. 31, 2018 to decide to remain in the current system or opt into the Blended Retirement System.

The mandatory training is available via the Joint Knowledge On-line and at ArmyOneSource.

The websites are designed to assist eligible Soldiers with the decision to either opt in or continue with a legacy retirement system.

It is mandatory for all Soldiers to complete this training no later than Dec. 31, 2017.

The training includes videos, glossaries and example scenarios that explain the new retirement benefits and provide comparisons of the current and new systems.

Ultimately, Army leadership desires that all Soldiers receive the right compensation and benefits — whether wearing the uniform during military service, in retirement or following any period of honorable service.

Make the time to complete the required training and decide which retirement plan works best for you and your family.

Soldier for Life! Army Strong!

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