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Military Pay and Pensions

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

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  • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnMilitary pay

  • Benefits

  • Taxes

And look up your basic allowance for housing on the Defense Travel Management Office’s .

Military, Civilian, and Retiree Pay Problems

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

If you’re active duty or in the Reserve, contact your post or base finance office first for questions about your military pay. 

For additional help, contact the appropriate :

  • – Call 1-888-332-7411

  • – Call 1-800-321-1080

  • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miền– Call 1-888-332-7411

  • ​ – Manage your pay information using

Coast Guard Employees, Reservists, and Retirees

  • If you’re active duty or in the Reserve, contact your unit administrative yeoman for questions about your military pay. 

  • Coast Guard retiree – Contact the . Call 1-866-772-8724

  • Civilian Coast Guard employee – Contact your .

Military Pay Complaints or Fraud Reports

Learn how to file a complaint or report suspected fraud:

  • Coast Guard –

  • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnOther military branches –

Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miền went into effect on January 1, 2018. It includes:

  • Matching contributions

  • Mid-career retention bonuses

  • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnA monthly annuity for life after 20 years of service. The annuity is based on a calculation of 2% per year served. The legacy retirement annuity is based on 2 ½% per year served.

Legacy High-3 (High-36) System

Service members in the legacy High-3 system must have begun their service by December 31, 2017. Also called High-36 or “military retired pay,” this is a defined benefit plan.

  • You’ll need to serve 20 years or more to qualify for the lifetime monthly annuity.

  • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnYour retirement benefit is determined by your years of service. It’s calculated at 2.5% times your highest 36 months of basic pay.

  • contributions are not matched by the government.

Military Retirees and Pension Benefit Questions

Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnIf you ’re a military retiree with questions about your benefits, contact your branch of service:

Visit the

  • Changes to your military retiree benefits

  • Cost of living adjustments

  • Other issues affecting your pension

Pension Taxes

You may not have to pay federal income taxes on your military pension. Use the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and to find out.

Military Retirement and Social Security Benefits

Retirees can get both Social Security benefits and their military pension.  

. It’s a tax-free monthly benefit.

Visit  to learn:

  • Which conditions qualify you for benefits

  • How the claims process works

  • Where to file your claim

  • How to  you disagree with. The process changed in February 2019.

may receive compensation benefits in certain situations.

  • How to Calculate VA Pensions

    The amount for both pensions is the difference between the recipient’s "countable" income and the annual pension limit set by Congress.

    How to Apply for a VA Pension

    See how to , including online.

    See how to .

    Aid & Attendance (A&A) and Housebound Benefits

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnIf you receive a VA pension, you may also qualify for . You can only get one of them. Each has its own qualifications.

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnWatch a short .

    Veterans Pension Versus Disability Compensation

    In some cases, veterans can receive disability compensation. It's not the same as the VA pension. Here’s a way to tell the difference:

    • Disability compensation is for an illness or injury that happens because of or was made worse by your military service. It’s not income-based and war service is not required. 

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnA VA pension is for low-income war veterans who may have  

    Veterans Pension Versus Military Retirement

    Some people confuse military retirement benefits with a VA pension. Here are two ways to tell the difference:

    • Military retirement is taxable but a VA pension is tax-free.  

    • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnMilitary retirement uses years of service (not necessarily wartime). But a VA pension is based on wartime service and financial need. 

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    Last Updated: March 13, 2020

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