Blended Retirement System Resource Center

If you are a member of the uniformed services who will have served for fewer than 12 years on December 31, 2017, you will have an important decision to make between January 1 and December 31, 2018. You must choose whether to stay with the current retirement system or move to the new Blended Retirement System (BRS). Once you make your choice, you won’t be able to take it back, even if you change your mind before the December 31, 2018 deadline.

Here are some useful resources for those facing the decision about whether to opt into the new BRS or stay with the current system:


Resource Centers

DoD – The Uniformed Services Blended Retirement System

Military One Source – The BRS Essentials



Beware the Lump Sum: An Update on the New Blended Retirement

Blended retirement: Should I make the switch?

Blended Retirement System: One Month Til Opt-In Starts

Blended Retirement System: What Will You Do? 6 Major Considerations Before You Choose

BRS breakdown: This service leads, by far, in troops switching to the new retirement system

BRS Consideration: Thrift Savings Plan Balances Are Inheritable

BRS Decision Should Consider the Whole Story

BRS Limits TSP Matching For Some Reservists

DoD Plans Benefit Revision With ‘Blended Retirement’

Examining BRS: Get the Most Out of Your Military Retirement

5 key points about the military’s new blended retirement system


I Will Opt Into the New Military Blended Retirement System (You Should Too)

Military Is Overhauling Its Retirement Systems – NY Times

New retirement plan empowers service members to make investment choices

New retirement system’s retention bonus will be lowest allowed by law

Opting In To The Blended Retirement System – Step By Step Instructions

Personnel Chiefs Worry Over Deployment Pace, New Blended Retirement

The Blended Retirement System – Part 1: The Basics

The Blended Retirement System – Part 2: Eligibility and Versions

The Blended Retirement System – Part 3: Comparing Systems

The Blended Retirement System – Part 4: FAQs, Myths, and My Opinions

The Military’s New Blended Retirement System

The military’s new retirement system

The new military retirement system has major flaw, financial experts warn

The U.S. Uniformed Services Blended Retirement System (1 page PDF summary)

Tricky Details Of The Military Blended Retirement System



Department of Defense Blended Retirement System Comparison Calculator

USAA’s Blended Retirement System Calculator


Questions & Answers

DoD Blended Retirement System Frequently Asked Questions – 28 MAR 2018

Military Dollar’s Q&A With A Blended Retirement System Expert

Military One Source Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the New Blended Retirement System

Questions and Answers about Opting into the Blended Retirement System (BRS)



BRS Implementation Guidance

Continuation Pay Rates – 17 NOV 2017



Opting into the Blended Retirement System (BRS)

The TSP for BRS Members: What’s It All About?

Top 5 Things You Should Know About the Military Blended Retirement System