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Posted 4/26/2013 Printable Fact Sheet

To be eligible for Reserve retired pay, Airmen must:

Attain eligibility age (normally age 60). The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act directs that age 60 shall be reduced by three months for each aggregate of 90 days qualifying active-duty service performed in a fiscal year after Jan. 28, 2008. The total reduction shall not be below 50 years of age (see "Reduced Retirement Age" fact sheet)

Complete 20 years of satisfactory service by earning at least 50 points per year, which includes 15 membership points. Airmen who have accrued 19 years and any number of months and days of satisfactory service must remain in a participating status until they have reached 20 full years of satisfactory service. It is possible to complete a partial year of satisfactory service. However, they must earn a prorated portion of the 50 point minimum, including membership points.

For example: An Airman has 19 years, 11 months and 23 days of satisfactory service as of Jan. 14, 2010. To complete 20 years of satisfactory service he would need seven days. Prorated membership points for seven days of Reserve service would be zero, however, the minimum points required to receive credit for the seven days of satisfactory service is one point. This point can be earned either by active duty or inactive duty. Closeout date of Reserve service with 20 years of satisfactory service would be Jan. 22, 2010, and the effective date of transfer to the Retired Reserve would be Jan. 23, 2010. Note: If Airman elects to retire later than 23 January, more points would be required to make a good partial year. DoDI 1215.07, E2.

Airmen may contact HQ ARPC at 800-525-0102 or through vPC-GR (include details of your request), to see whether they have met all of the requirements to be eligible for retired pay.

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