Military Pay and Pensions

Learn about military pay and pension benefits, including whom to contact about questions and concerns.

Questions About Military Pay

Pay Tables and More

To find the latest news on military pay and benefits, including pay tables and retirement pay calculators, visit  MilitaryPay.Defense.gov.

Department of Defense (DOD) Employees

You can resolve your military pay issues and report suspected military pay fraud through the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS).

Coast Guard Employees

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Pension Benefits for Military Retirees and Veterans

New Military Retirement System Coming

A new military retirement system goes into effect on January 1, 2018. The new, "blended" system includes:

  • Automatic and matching Thrift Savings Plan contributions
  • Mid-career retention bonuses
  • A monthly annuity for life after 20 years of service. The annuity will be based on a calculation of 2% per year served, versus 2 ½% per year under the current system.

Enrollment in the new system depends on when you joined the service:

  • If you joined before January 1, 2006, you’ll remain in the current system.
  • If you joined between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2017, you’ll have the choice of staying in the current system or enrolling in the new one.
  • If you join the service on or after January 1, 2018, you’ll be automatically enrolled in the new system.

Check out this infographic to learn more about the new system.

Military Retirees

If you are a military retiree of the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Navy, contact the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) for questions about your pension benefits.

If you are a Coast Guard military retiree, contact the Coast Guard Pay & Personnel Center.

Veterans

If you are a low-income wartime veteran, you may qualify for a veterans pension. Contact the Department of Veterans Affairs to learn more.

Pension Taxes

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers an online tool and an online publication to help you determine whether or not your pension or annuity payment is taxable.

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Last Updated: February 16, 2017

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