Applying for retirement pay begins by submitting an application through the Virtual Personnel Center, vPC. Individuals approaching their Retirement pay effective date (60th birthday or reduced retirement pay age) should submit an application four months prior to this date.
Applicants will be notified when a technician receives their application and will receive their retirement order two weeks prior to their effective date in most cases. Some exceptions are members who work up to their retired pay effective date and members who file late. Applicants who do not receive their order two weeks prior to their effective date are advised to submit a message to the retirement section via myPers, followed up by a phone call to the Total Force Service Center 1-800-525-0102.
With the retirement order, retirees are able to receive their retiree ID Card from their local military personnel service office and apply for healthcare through Tricare. HQ ARPC submits retirement orders to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, DFAS, where they are processed to initiate the retirement payments. DFAS typically processes retirement pay 30-45 days after receipt of the retirement order, or retirement pay effective date, whichever is later. Once you have received your retirement order please direct questions or concerns to DFAS at 1-800-321-1080. IMPORTANT NOTE: HQ APRC DOES NOT PROCESS RETIREMENT PAY.
The National Defense Authorization Act for 2008 reduced the retirement age for Reserve Component airmen from 60 to a lesser age, not to be any earlier than age 50. The reduced retired pay age is calculated with qualifying service days on or after Jan. 29, 2008.
Orders citing the applicable section of law are required documents. Airmen should maintain copies of their active duty orders and provide them for the Reduced Retired Pay Age Application.
Orders publishing authorities must ensure proper statutory authorities are included on orders.
Airmen will receive all retired pay benefits (e.g., commissary, base exchange, etc.) except:
HQ ARPC is currently processing:
Age 60 pay cases for those who turned 60 mid-June / beginning July 2019
Applications for retired pay for retirees approaching age 60
Retired Reserve Application for members who will be retiring in September 2019
Applications for retirement for members retiring from the Guard and Reserve. Not pay related.
Active Duty Retirement AGR for members retiring in October / November 2019
Applications for members who qualify for an active duty retirement (points, Total Active Federal Military Service)
Retirement Application Process (video)
Electronically Submit Your Retirement Application:
Send via myPers
Mail Your Retirement Application to:
HQ ARPC / DPTTR
18420 E. SILVER CREEK AVE
BLDG 390, MS68
BUCKLEY AFB, CO
Retirement Application Process
Point Valuation for Retirement Benefits (2019) Reservist and Guardmembers
Survivor Benefit Plan Information
Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan Calculator
Retired Pay Calculator
Veteran/DoD Benefits Portal
Reduced Retired Pay Age
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
The DD Form 2656 must filled out and submitted no earlier than 4 months and no later than 30 days before your 60th birthday.
If you have a myPers account you can create a ticket to ask questions or check on a ticket status. You can also use myPers to update your address.
If you do not yet have a myPers account please create an account. If you are unable to create an account or otherwise experience technical difficulties, please contact the Total Force Service Center at 800-525-0102.