Podcast Episode 0053 – Military Divorce Minefields – Part 2 – Division of Retired Pay

 

References: ·

 

MILITARY PAY CENTERS

Air Force
DFAS-Indianapolis Center
Attn.: Garnishments Section
8899 East 56th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46249-0875
Phone: 1-888-332-7411
Fax Coversheet:   https://corpweb1.dfas.mil/civpaywf/coversheet
Fax: 866-401-5849
*Utilizing coversheet  expedites processing time*

Army
DFAS-Indianapolis Center
Attn.: Garnishments Section
8899 East 56th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46249-0865
Phone: 1-888-332-7411
Fax Coversheet: https://corpweb1.dfas.mil/civpaywf/coversheet
Fax: 866-401-5849
*Utilizing coversheet  expedites processing time*

Commanding Officer (SES)
Coast Guard Pay and Personnel Center

444 Southeast Quincy Street
Topeka, KS 66683-3591
Phone: 785-339-2200
Fax: 785-339-3780
US Coast Guard Website (https://www.uscg.mil/ppc/)
E-mail: PPC-DG-CustomerCare@uscg.mil

Marine Corps
DFAS-Cleveland Center
Attn.: DFAS-CL/JFLTC
1240 East 9th Street
Cleveland, OH 44199-2005
Phone: 888-332-7411
Fax: 216-367-3614; DSN: 580-7011
E-mail: DFAS.CLEVELAND-OH.JFL.MBX.USMC-SPECIAL-PROCESSING@MAIL.MIL

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
NOAA Commissioned Personnel Center
1315 East-West Highway, Rm. 12100
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282

Navy
DFAS-Cleveland Center
Attn.: DFAS-CL/JFLAGB
1240 East 9th Street
Cleveland, OH 44199-2005
Phone: 888-332-7411
Fax: 216-367-3666; DSN: 580-7603
E-mail: DFAS.CLEVELAND-OH.JFL.MBX.CCL-CATCH-62-CLE@MAIL.MIL

Public Health Service
U.S. Public Health Service
Division of Commissioned Corps Personnel and Readiness
Commissioned Corps Compensation
1101 Wootton Parkway, Plaza Level, Suite 100
Rockville, MD  20852
Phone: 240-276-8799
Fax:  240-276-8817
E-Mail: CompensationBranch@psc.hhs.gov


Podcast Episode 0052 – Military Divorce Minefields – Part 1 – Military vs Civilian Plans

 

References: ·

 

MILITARY PAY CENTERS

Air Force
DFAS-Indianapolis Center
Attn.: Garnishments Section
8899 East 56th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46249-0875
Phone: 1-888-332-7411
Fax Coversheet:   https://corpweb1.dfas.mil/civpaywf/coversheet
Fax: 866-401-5849
*Utilizing coversheet  expedites processing time*

Army
DFAS-Indianapolis Center
Attn.: Garnishments Section
8899 East 56th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46249-0865
Phone: 1-888-332-7411
Fax Coversheet: https://corpweb1.dfas.mil/civpaywf/coversheet
Fax: 866-401-5849
*Utilizing coversheet  expedites processing time*

Commanding Officer (SES)
Coast Guard Pay and Personnel Center

444 Southeast Quincy Street
Topeka, KS 66683-3591
Phone: 785-339-2200
Fax: 785-339-3780
US Coast Guard Website (https://www.uscg.mil/ppc/)
E-mail: PPC-DG-CustomerCare@uscg.mil

Marine Corps
DFAS-Cleveland Center
Attn.: DFAS-CL/JFLTC
1240 East 9th Street
Cleveland, OH 44199-2005
Phone: 888-332-7411
Fax: 216-367-3614; DSN: 580-7011
E-mail: DFAS.CLEVELAND-OH.JFL.MBX.USMC-SPECIAL-PROCESSING@MAIL.MIL

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
NOAA Commissioned Personnel Center
1315 East-West Highway, Rm. 12100
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282

Navy
DFAS-Cleveland Center
Attn.: DFAS-CL/JFLAGB
1240 East 9th Street
Cleveland, OH 44199-2005
Phone: 888-332-7411
Fax: 216-367-3666; DSN: 580-7603
E-mail: DFAS.CLEVELAND-OH.JFL.MBX.CCL-CATCH-62-CLE@MAIL.MIL

Public Health Service
U.S. Public Health Service
Division of Commissioned Corps Personnel and Readiness
Commissioned Corps Compensation
1101 Wootton Parkway, Plaza Level, Suite 100
Rockville, MD  20852
Phone: 240-276-8799
Fax:  240-276-8817
E-Mail: CompensationBranch@psc.hhs.gov


Bonus Episode 006 – Tricare East Update

There is an important change coming up for those of you in the former Tricare North region. Please see the quote below from an update flier I received today.

WHO MAY BE IMPACTED BY THIS CHANGE?

Soldiers, families, and retirees previously covered by Health Net Federal Services in the TRICARE NORTH Region, who are now covered by Humana Military under the new combined TRICARE EAST Region, and are paying for the following coverages:

  • TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS)
  • TRICARE Retired Reserve (TRR)
  • TRICARE Young Adult (TYA)

IMPORTANT: Effective January 1, 2018, due to the contractor change from Health Net Federal Services (HNFS) to Humana Military, all Soldiers and Retirees formally in the TRICARE North Region, paying their premiums/fees by auto-payment from a banking account using Recurrent Credit Card (RCC) or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to Health Net Federal Services MUST set up a NEW auto-payment with Humana Military. By law, the contractors cannot exchange credit card or banking information. Even if you already have auto-payment from your bank account to Health Net Federal Services, you MUST re-establish a NEW payment with Humana Military.

* This does NOT affect Soldiers or retirees in the South Region or who currently have an Allotment (PRIME ONLY) set up with DFAS. These allotments were transferred and do not have to be re-establish to a new allotment.

IF IN DOUBT, please check the Humana Military website at www.humanamilitary.com/provider-east (which will change to www.tricare-east.com in the near future) or call to verify at: (800) 444-5445.

This notice is important not only for keeping Tricare coverage. It is also critical in order to prevent having to re-enroll to keep coverage. Re-enrolling requires paying two months of premiums up front. Let’s help people prevent having to do this. Please pass this information on to others you think should know about it.

By the way, the contact number I originally gave in the YouTube episode is incorrect. The correct number is shown in this article and on the corrected flier.

Thanks for joining me today and, of course, thank you for your service.

D.J.

References:
Tricare East Region Update


Podcast Episode 0051 – What is the Gray Area?

What is a gray area retiree and what benefits does it provide for you?

References:
Benefits for Gray Area and Recipients of Retired Pay
Soldier for Life Blog
RAPIDS Site Locator


Bonus Episode 005 – Senator Defends Reservists During Budget Debate

 

When I restarted this website and YouTube channel last year, I said I would avoid giving political opinions.  I hope to still keep that vow while still informing you of an interesting event from earlier today.

 

During the Senate budget debate this morning, a senator brought up some interesting facts unique to reservists.  That senator was Mrs. Joni Ernst, a retired National Guard officer.  I found a transcript of her speech on C-Span.com.  I will paste part of her comments below.  There were no paragraph breaks so I added breaks where they seemed most appropriate.

 

Mr. President, I rise today to urge Senate Democratic leadership to end their reckless government shutdown. It’s no secret that over the years I’ve made clear that I don’t like funding our government from one short-sided Band-Aid bill to another. We must establish a path forward to responsibly fund our government for the long term. It’s responsible and right thing to do for our military, for future generations, for our veterans, and for the American people. But rather than finding a long-term funding solution to ensure stability in our military, the Senate Democratic leadership has decided to shut down the government.

 

So what does that mean for our military? Well, for starters, critical defense projects have come to a halt. We can also see delays in maintenance of our critical aircraft, ships, our weapon systems at a time when our adversaries are becoming more aggressive and more advanced. And our service members who put their lives on the line every day for our country don’t know when they will receive a paycheck.

 

I have an advisor right now that is deployed to the Middle East. I received an e-mail from him this morning and he said it’s really hard for all of us here knowing that our government is shut down, but he said every day it’s the same for us here in Afghanistan. We will do what we need to do. God bless him for that. Iowa National Guardsmen are deployed overseas right now. One of my former units, the 248 aviation support battalion is spread out through the Middle East doing their mission while we struggle to find a way forward for them here in Washington, D. C.

 

Military schools have been canceled. I spoke to an active duty army officer this morning. She was scheduled for her pre-command course this weekend and her orders were canceled. She told me, I will not be able to go to that pre-command course before I deploy. She will head overseas not having had a vital course to instruct her on leadership in the military. The likelihood of her picking up that course again in the future, near zero — near zero.

 

Additionally, having served as a battalion commander in the Iowa National Guard during our last government shutdown, I can tell that you these shutdowns have a significant impact on our National Guardsmen. A shutdown prohibits our citizen soldiers from participating in drill and training exercises essential to our military readiness.

 

Our public affairs officer sent out this notice this morning from the Iowa National Guard. The headline, Iowa National Guard feels effect of federal government shutdown. Nearly 900 technicians furloughed. That’s in Iowa alone. Approximately 400 personnel sent home from weekend training. That’s just Iowa. 110,000 National Guardsmen were affected over this last weekend because of the shutdown. Now, should these men and women be called to defend our nation in the face of danger, it is critical that they are properly prepared and a government shutdown does not allow this.

 

During the time that the government shutdown goes on, we’re not able to maintain our equipment. That hurts our readiness. Our personnel can’t do their wellness and medical checks. That hurts our read aniness — readiness. Our military can’t get to their schools for advancement in their careers, that hurts our readiness. Once those orders to school has been canceled, you can’t just pick up on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday and say, okay, I’m going to school now, there are only so many slots allocated. If you miss that training period, you may be waiting months, perhaps even years to pick up those schools in the National Guard.

 

During the shutdown our folks are furloughed. Depending on how long the government is shutdown, our citizen soldiers might not receive enough training days to be adequately prepared for duty. This could also mean that their time serving throughout the year might not be included in their total years of service, potentially further jeopardizing their benefits and pay. What a lot of folks here that haven’t served in the military or guard or active duty, what they don’t understand, in the reserve and guard you have to meet so many points in a year for that to be considered a good retirement year. If you fall a few days short of that, the entire year does not count towards your retirement. The entire year does not count towards your retirement.

 

It is very rare these days to have any politician who has military experience.  Even rarer is seeing a representative or senator who is knowledgeable about not just military affairs but details about reserve service, as well.  How often do you see someone stand up and mention specifics about reserve life, such as the difficulty of getting school slots or the basics of a retirement year?  Whatever you may think of the political parties, if you are a reservist then it is refreshing to see at least one elected official who has an understanding of your perspective.

 

If you would like to read the full transcript of Senator Ernst’s speech, you can find it at https://www.c-span.org/video/?440061-2/senate-votes-81-18-end-shutdown-leaders-reach-deal-daca-debate&vod&start=125.  There is also a YouTube video of her speech which can be viewed at https://youtu.be/tQKrK0kDZ2A.

 

D.J.


Podcast Episode 0050 – Staff Sergeant Angus Loses It All (The 6 and 8 Year Rules)

References:
10 U S  Code § 12731 – Age and service requirements
10 U.S. Code § 12732 – Entitlement to Retired Pay – Computation of Years of Service
6 and 8 Year Rules Presentation (PDF)
6 and 8 Year Rules Presentation (PPT)
SSG Angus’s Retirement Points Statement


Podcast Episode 0049 – Updating Survivor Benefit Elections (The Sad Story of SSG Walker)

Let’s learn a valuable lesson from a tragic story.

Refererences
DD Form 2656-6

 

Related YouTube Episodes:
SBP Episode Playlist


Podcast Episode 0048 – Eligible SBP Beneficiaries

References:
https://www.dfas.mil/retiredmilitary/provide/sbp/coverage.html

https://www.dfas.mil/retiredmilitary/provide/sbp/educate.html

Department of Defense Instruction 1332.42 – 20090623 – Survivor Annuity Program Administration

Special Needs Trusts FAQs (Findlaw.com)

 

Related YouTube Episodes:

SBP Episode Playlist


Bonus Episode 004 – It’s the New Year. Are You Opt-In Ready?

If you hit twelve years of service in the next few days or weeks, you need to watch (or listen to) this now.

References:
How to Opt-In to BRS

At a Glance – Blended Retirement System
At a Glance – Thrift Savings Plan
BRS Eligibility Opt-In Troubleshooting Matrix
ARNG Continuation Pay Processing Data Flow
Request for Continuation Pay
BRS Customer Service Rep FAQs
All Army Activities (ALARACT) Message 116-2017 – Blended Retirement System Continuation Pay Implementation Guidance
Assistant Secretary of the Army Message – Blended Retirement System Continuation Pay Implementation Guidance

 

Related YouTube Episodes:

Blended Retirement System Series Playlist
Thrift Savings Plan Series Playlist
Reserve Retirement Basics Playlist


Podcast Episode 0047 – Tricare Changes in 2018

http://www.rcretirement.com/podcasts/2017/RCRetirement-Episode_0047-Tricare-Changes-in-2018-Graphics.pdf

Here’s a sneak peak at the Tricare changes for next year.
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