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Retirement Pay


Retirement Pay

Military personnel can retire after 20 years of active duty service. A military member who retires at 20 years of service receives 50 percent of his/her monthly base pay.

For each year served over 20 years, the military member receives an additional 2.5 percent, up to a maximum of 75 percent of their base pay, at 30 years of service.

Military members who entered the service after September 8, 1980, but before August 1, 1986, fall under a slightly different system that pays a little less. Instead of a direct percentage of the base pay they were receiving at the time of retirement, these members receive a percentage of their average base pay during the three years of service when their pay was the highest (which is usually, but not always their last three years of service).

Enlisted Retirement Pay
Warrant Officer Retirement Pay
Commissioned Officer Retirement Pay
 Enlisted Retirement Pay
A military member who retires at 20 years of service receives 50 percent of his/her monthly base pay.
 Warrant Officer Retirement Pay
The exact percentage would depend on individual factors, such as annual pay increases.
 Commissioned Officer Retirement Pay
For each year served over 20 years, Military's receives an additional 2.5 percent.