Military Pay and Pensions

Find information on basic pay, pensions, and retirement benefits for servicemembers, veterans, and military retirees, including whom to contact with questions and concerns.

Military and Retiree Pay Information

DFAS Pay Charts and Military Retirement Calculators

To find the latest news on military pay, benefits, and pensions, including Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) pay charts and retirement calculators, visit MilitaryPay.Defense.gov.

Military, Civilian, and Retiree Pay Problems

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

Department of Defense (DOD) Employees, Reserve, and Retirees  

Coast Guard Employees, Reserve, and Retirees 

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Pension Benefits for Military Retirees

New Military Retirement System

A new military retirement system went 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 traditional legacy retirement pension.

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

  • If you joined before January 1, 2006, you’ll remain in the legacy retirement system.

  • If you joined between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2017, you have the choice of staying in the legacy system or enrolling in the new one. The last day to enroll in the new system is December 31, 2018. To enroll, visit DFAS myPay (Army, Navy, and Air Force), Marine Online (Marine Corps), or Direct Access (Coast Guard or NOAA).

  • If you joined the service on or after January 1, 2018, you have been automatically enrolled in 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.

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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State and Federal Benefits for Military Families

If you receive military or veterans benefits, you may also qualify for other state and federal benefits. This includes Social Security, unemployment benefits, health insurance coverage, welfare, and food assistance.

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Last Updated: November 16, 2018