There are additional benefits awaiting Airmen eligible for retired pay, normally at age 60 (See “Eligibility” under Retired Reserve). Probably the most important benefit for a retired reservist is retired pay. Monthly checks are normally dated the first day of the month following the month earned. The Defense Finance and Accounting Service uses direct deposit to pay retired Airmen.
The pay application forms should be returned to ARPC at least 45 days before the retired pay effective date, normally the 60th birthday. The DD Form 2 (retired/blue) ID card can be obtained from the nearest military installation on or after the Airman’s retired pay effective date. Eligible family members of reservists are eligible to receive a DD Form 1173, Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card. Many benefits await blue ID card holders.
The DOD’s regional managed health care program for service families is in operation throughout the United States, with a uniform benefit and cost structure. Persons eligible for TRICARE benefits have three options: TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Extra and TRICARE Standard (the same as standard CHAMPUS). Note: Retirees receiving retired pay before age 60 do not receive medical coverage until age 60. (Reduced Retirement Age)
TRICARE Retiree Dental Program
Members of the uniformed services entitled to retired pay, and members of the Retired Reserve entitled to retired pay but are younger than age 60 are eligible for the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program. Also included are spouses of eligible Airmen who enroll in the program, eligible children and non-remarried surviving spouses and children of deceased Airmen who were covered.
This voluntary dental plan is administered by the DDP Delta division of the Delta Dental Plan of California. Services are provided in the United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Canada. Enrollees pay premium costs; there is no government contribution. Premiums are collected through monthly payroll deductions for those receiving retired pay; or, if the Airman isn’t drawing retired pay, by direct monthly billing.
Enrollment is handled by DDP Delta. Retirees must enroll for at least 12 months. The 12-month commitment is determined by each person’s enrollment date. After the 12-month commitment, an enrollee may choose to remain enrolled month to month. For enrollment, changes to enrollment and enrollment inquiries, contact:
Delta Dental of California
P.O. Box 537008
Sacramento, CA 95853-7008
or visit their website at
Other Retirement Benefits
- Legal assistance - Retirees can receive legal advice and assistance on personal civil matters on a space-available basis.
- Services - There are many activities offered in the services program such as arts and crafts, bowling, golf and other outdoor recreation activities on a space-available basis.
- Theater - Base theaters offer first-run movies for a significant savings in comparison to an off-base theater.
- AAFES liquor store - Many bases offer a package liquor store where many brand-name beverages are stocked.
- Space-available travel - Retirees and their family members with valid ID cards (DD Form 1173) can travel on space-available military air to almost anywhere in the world (see page 35).