The Retirement Services Office at Fort Rucker provides information on benefits and entitlements to active duty Soldiers and their Families preparing for retirement. RSO provides counsel and support to active duty personnel, family members, retirees and their family members on the Survivor Benefit Plan program. RSO publishes an annual retiree newsletter and works in conjunction with the Retiree Council to host the installation's annual Retiree Appreciation Day.
Retirement ceremonies are held quarterly on the second to last Friday of January and the last Friday of April, July and October.
Appointments can now be made with the ID Card Section. One ID card station is designated to process individuals with an appointment. When calling for an appointment, the customer will be screened and advised of any documentation they need to bring. Walk-ins will continue to be served at the three remaining stations on a first-come, first-served basis. For an appointment call (334) 255-2182 or (334) 255-2437.
Detailed pre-retirement group briefings for all retiring Soldiers are normally held on the third Wednesday of each month starting at the Soldiers Service Center, Building 5700, Room 282, at 1:30 p.m. Family members are also highly encouraged to attend. The topics covered during the pre-retirement briefings include:
SBP counseling is conducted on a "by appointment" basis. Appointments are made by calling (334) 255-9124. SBP information packets outlining the program and estimated benefits/costs are mailed to Soldiers approximately six months prior to the start of transition leave or retirement date. A one-to-one appointment is then scheduled for the retiree to make their SBP election. Spouses should also attend as they must sign the SBP paperwork if an election is made for less than the full amount of SBP. The appointment is also used to complete the DD Form 2656, Data for Payment of Retired Personnel, which establishes the retiree's pay account with Defense Finance and Accounting Service.
The Retiree Council is made up of members who are military retirees or the widow(er) of a military retiree with representatives of all branches of the military. The Council meets on the first Thursday of every month for the purpose of presenting the issues of local retirees to the installation command and annually to the Chief of Staff of the Army's Retiree Council. For more information, please contact the RSO at (334) 255-9124. Issues of an individual nature cannot be addressed by the Council; however, items of a general nature of concern to all military retirees will be addressed.
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