Podcast Episode 0032 – What is an Anniversary (or Retirement) Year?

References:
Excerpt from NGR 680-2
Related YouTube Episodes:
YouTube Episode 0003 - The Basics of Reserve Retirement
Related Podcast Episodes:
Podcast Episode 0003 - The Basics of Reserve Retirement
Related Articles:
The Basics of Reserve Retirement

YouTube Episode 0034 – What is an Anniversary (or Retirement) Year?

https://youtu.be/thF_fMo-sKk

References:
Excerpt from NGR 680-2
Related YouTube Episodes:
YouTube Episode 0003 - The Basics of Reserve Retirement
Related Podcast Episodes:
Podcast Episode 0003 - The Basics of Reserve Retirement
Related Articles:
The Basics of Reserve Retirement

Twenty-Year Letter Counseling and Other Playlists

This week I’m going to speak primarily to the retirement services officers out there. However, this information will also be useful to you individual service members as well.

This is going to sound like a sales pitch.  In a way, you could say it is.  I believe what I am about to describe will be of immeasurable value to you and to your service members.

As you have seen, I spent the last several weeks developing articles which give you the briefest of overviews on how to read your retirement points statement.  There was a bit of an ulterior motive to this series, though.  Not only was I trying to provide information which I think will be useful to you, I was also developing the last topic needed for a basic set of articles (or episodes if you subscribe to my YouTube channel or podcast) which can be used to provide basic counseling to service members who have just received a twenty-year letter.

If you, as a retirement services officer, have the same problem I do – namely more people to counsel than you can possibly see yourself – then this could be useful.  Not only will you not have to travel to the service member (or make him come to you), the option to simply have them read the applicable series of articles (or have them view the YouTube episodes or listen to the podcasts) is now available to you.

I have made it even easier for you than simply clicking on a bunch of links, though, at least for the YouTube and podcast episodes.  For YouTube, I have created playlists of the episodes you will need.  I have also created conjoined podcast episodes and lists of the articles the members will need to read.  Links to all of these resources are in the resources section below.

Each playlist covers the following topics:

  • How to read a retirement points statement (specific to the reserve component in question)
  • The notice of eligibility for retired pay (twenty-year letter)
  • The basics of the Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan
  • Calculating retired pay under the legacy (current) retirement plan
  • Reduced retirement age eligibility

I have created a new section of my website specifically for these twenty-year counseling topics.  Check that out and let me know what you think.

The good news is once a service member has finished any of these series then they can then simply ask any questions they may have -either to you via a teleconference or some other method or to me by way of email or in the comments section.  If they ask questions of me, I will then build a list of frequently asked questions and post those on my website for you or them to reference.  So, how does that sound?

I have a few other playlists for you, as well.  First of all, I have a list of every official episode I have posted.  There are a few announcements and whatnot but for the most part it is just the episodes themselves.

Next, we have a series of episodes showing a recording of the Department of the Army’s Retirement Services Officer certification course.  While this is the actual material from the course, this will not be an official certification for you since no completion certificate can be generated. The only way to get that would be to take the course through the Joint Knowledge Online course yourself.

Lastly, we have another series with recordings of the Department of the Army’s Survivor Benefit Plan certification course.  Again, this is for information only and will not officially certify you as a survivor benefits counselor (again, you need to go to JKO for that) but it is good stuff to know.

Hopefully, these playlists will be good information for you.  Let me know what you think in the comments section below.  Also, let me know if there are other tools which I can add which will be beneficial to you and your service members.  I want this site to become a one-stop shop for all reserve retirement information.  Naturally, anything you can suggest to help meet that goal will be appreciated.

As always, thanks for being part of this audience and, of course, thank you for your service.

D.J.

Resources:
http://www.rcretirement.com/20yl-counseling/


Podcast Episode 0031 – Twenty-Year Letter Counseling and Other Playlists

Resources:
http://www.rcretirement.com/20yl-counseling/