There are four non-disability retirement systems currently in effect. These are Final Pay, High-3 Year Average, Military Retirement Reform Act of 1986, more commonly referred to as REDUX, and the Blended Retirement System, or BRS.

To determine which retirement system applies to you, first confirm the date you first entered uniformed service. This date is called the Date of Initial Entry into Uniformed Service, or DIEUS. You can find your DIEUS by reviewing your service dates in the virtual Military Personnel Flight or your records in the Personnel Records Display Application. The date you first entered the military is the first time you enlisted or joined active or reserve duty. Your DIEUS is a fixed date and does not change, even if you have a break in service. Your DIEUS only determines which retirement pay plan applies to you. It does not determine when you are eligible to retire. 

Retirement System criteria:

  • Final Pay – DIEUS is before Sept. 8, 1980
  • High 3 – DIEUS is Sept. 8, 1980 through July 31, 1986
  • REDUX – DIEUS is Aug. 1, 1986 but before Jan. 1, 2018 AND you elected the Career Status Bonus no later than Dec. 31, 2017. If you did not elect the CSB, your retirement plan remains High 3
  • BRS – DIEUS is Jan. 1, 2018 OR
    • DIEUS is prior to Jan. 1, 2018, you had less than 12 years of service (calculated from your pay date) as of Dec. 31, 2017, AND you opted-in to BRS

For detailed information about associated service dates that affect retirement and calculating service for retired pay, visit myPers and click the Compensation link on the left side of the page. If you do not have a myPers account, click on the Support tab at the top of the page and select "myPers access."


Airmen who are already receiving retired pay and have questions, or desire to make changes such as withholdings, address or direct deposit information, need to call the Defense Finance and Accounting Service-Cleveland Center at 800-321-1080 or 216-522-5955.

Changes can also be mailed to DFAS-CL, U.S. Military Retirement Pay, P.O. Box 7130, London, KY 40742-7130.


If you are a retired Reservist under age 60, and not already receiving retired pay, approximately four months prior to your retired pay effective date, Headquarters Air Reserve Personnel Center will notify you of your eligibility for retired pay, to include general pay information and how to initiate the process.  

For more information about Reserve Retired Pay, please review the Fact Sheet provided by the Air Reserve Personnel Center.

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