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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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  • Military pay

  • Benefits

  • Taxes

Military and Retiree Pay Problems

Department of Defense (DOD) Active Duty, 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​

Coast Guard Active Duty, 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 retirees should contact the . Call 1-866-772-8724

went into effect on January 1, 2018. It includes:

  • Matching contributions

  • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnMid-career retention bonuses

  • A 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.

  • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnYou’ll need to serve 20 years or more to qualify for the lifetime monthly annuity.

  • Your 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

  • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnChanges to your military retiree benefits

  • Cost of living adjustments

  • Other issues affecting your pension

Pension Taxes

Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnYou 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.

Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnVisit  to learn:

  • Which conditions qualify you for benefits

  • How the claims process works

  • Where to file your claim

  • Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnHow to  you disagree with. The process changed in February 2019.

may receive compensation benefits in certain situations.

Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miền

  • 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

    Xổ số trực tiếp 3 miềnSee how to , including online.

    See how to .

    Aid & Attendance (A&A) and Housebound Benefits

    If 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 compensationXổ số trực tiếp 3 miền. 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. 

    • A 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: April 14, 2021