Traditional Soldiers working until age 60 should contact an RSO approx. 6 months in advance of retirement. There is a delay of at least 6 months before receiving your first retirement check.
Soldiers that have already retired should contact an RSO one year prior to age 60 or one year prior to collecting retirement pay (Reduced Age Retirements included). There should be no delay in receiving your first check.
Army Retirement Services develops Army policies and oversees Army wide programs that educate Soldiers and their families about retirement, advise survivors of soldiers who die on active duty/inactive duty for training, advocate for and advise Retired Soldiers and surviving spouses until death in order to comply with federal laws and DoD and Army policies, convince Retired Soldiers to remain active Soldiers for life who help Veterans get hired, inspire the next generation to join the military, and connect Americans with the Army that defends them. Visit the Army Retirement Services website.