What paperwork do I need to retire from the Army?

What paperwork do I need to retire from the Army?

Form DD 2656 is the most important document you will complete in preparing for your retirement. As you fill it out, you will make decisions that will determine: How you receive your pay. Beneficiaries for any pay owed you at the time of your death.

What is the Soldier for Life Program?

The Soldier for Life (SFL) Program improves Soldier, Family and Army readiness by developing a broad network of resources to support every Soldier, Veteran and Family member through all phases of their service.

How long does SFL-tap take to complete?

How long: 15 mins. Register with SFL-TAP and schedule Initial Counseling. you have created your account, contact the SFL-TAP Center to schedule your initial counseling.

What is the process for SFL-tap?


  1. Step 1: Create your TAP Record.
  2. Step 2: Individualize Initial Counseling (IIC) with Self-Assessment.
  3. Step 3: Attend Pre-Separation Briefing/Counseling:
  4. Step 4: Attend TAP Classes.
  5. Step 5: Submit Career Readiness Standards (if needed)
  6. Step 7: Complete Capstone.

How much leave do you get when you retire from the military?

Military Leave Basics Military leave can be carried over from one month to the next; it is also possible to accrue a maximum of 60 days of unused leave total (carrying a balance from one year to the next) before entering “use or lose” status for leave over 60 days.

How many years do you have to be in the military to retire?

20 years
Retirement Pay Active duty military members can retire after 20 years of active duty service. In exchange, they receive retirement pay for life. How much retirement pay a member receives is based on years of service and rank.

When can you start Soldier for life?

By law, Soldiers must participate in SFL-TAP after completing at least 180 days of continuous Title 10 active duty service. Soldiers attending the program can start SFL-TAP 18 months prior to transition or 24 months prior to retirement to maximize benefits and properly prepare for transition.

What programs does SFL-tap offer?

Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP)

  • TAP provides transition and employment assistance to Soldiers and their adult family members who are transitioning from active duty to being a veteran.
  • TAP workshops provide information about successful job search, and make connections to useful resources.

Is SFL-tap required?

The Soldier For Life Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) is a mandatory pre-separation training requirement, which all Army service members must complete before leaving active duty.

When can I start SFL taps?

TAP begins no later than 365 days prior to transition for those who are separating or retiring. It is recommended retirees begin the transition process at least two years prior to retirement and 18 months for all other transitioning Soldier.

How much is a 20 year military pension?

This retirement plan offers a pension after 20 years of service that equals 2.5% of your average basic pay for your three highest-paid years or 36 months, for each year you serve. That’s why the plan is sometimes called the “High-36.”

Can you retire from military after 20 years?

If you retire at 20 years service you get 40% of your final base pay. If you retire at 30 years service you get 60% of your final base pay. You can either get your full retirement when eligible or opt to get a lump-sum benefit at retirement.


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