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The Blended Retirement System

Time to make a decision

by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Robert R. Sanchez, Defense Media Activity
05 October 2017 Here are a few things to keep in mind for the upcoming implementation of the new Blended Retirement System.
Service members can choose their retirement plans starting Jan. 1, 2018. Active component members with more than 12 years of service will automatically remain on the current system. However, those who joined after 2006 can choose whether to keep their current plan or switch to the new Blended Retirement System (BRS). The opt-in period for BRS will end Dec. 31, 2018. Any member who joins after Jan. 1, 2018 will be automatically enrolled in BRS. For more information, click here.

Under BRS, base pay will be determined differently than the current system. In order to find your retired base pay, average the highest three years of your basic pay. To determine whether BRS is right for you, you can use this comparison calculator. Eligible service members also must complete a BRS course on Joint Knowledge Online.