Benefits and Entitlements
Retirement Recognition
Blended Retirement System
Blended Retirement System


On 1 January 2018, the Department of Defense introduced a new military retirement plan known as the Blended Retirement System (BRS). Anyone joining the service on or after that date is covered by the new retirement system, while anyone who joined prior to that is grandfathered under their current retirement system. While grandfathered, service members with fewer than 12 years of service as of 31 December 2017, have the option of switching to the Blended Retirement System.

DoD launched a comparison calculator, which allows you to input information on your unique personal financial situation, career progression, pay and bonuses and retirement options, and review estimated benefits between your current retirement plan and the BRS. The calculator allows you to input up to 12 data items to describe your personal situation and plans to see how changes to your career and savings impact retirement benefits over the long-term. You may input various scenarios as often as you like to help you understand the available options. If desired, please review the comparison calculator as soon as possible.

Before you make a decision, you must complete on-line training to better inform you of the benefits under your current retirement system compared to the benefits of BRS.  The BRS Opt-in Course is available through the Advanced Distributed Learning System (ADLS) website, course number ZZ133146