Resource Center: Professional Development


The Blended Retirement System: Questions & Answers

January 16, 2018

The new Blended Retirement System goes into effect on January 1, 2018. Speaker Andy Corso will discuss Blended Retirement basics, including identifying the requirements for eligibility to opt into the BRS, requirements for automatic enrollment in the BRS, the opt-in period; enrollment and training requirements, including the factors used to determine if a member is opt-in eligible or automatically enrolled in the BRS, how enrollment status impacts benefits under the BRS, which training course(s) a member must complete, hardship extensions, ROTC/Academy rules, and special treatment of Delayed Entry Program enlistees. Mr. Corso will also cover vesting and account options such as basic rules for starting and stopping TSP contributions and receipt of matching and automatic TSP contributions, the vestment process in retirement savings and retirement benefits, breaks in service, re-entry, and change of component each impact benefits; and continuation pay and lump sum options including the requirements for receiving Continuation Pay, the policies and procedures for requesting a lump sum of retired pay, how a discount rate affects the amount of a lump sum, tools to analyze lump sum options, and the advantages and disadvantages of a lump sum.

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