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Soldier Service Center
5700 Novosel Street
Fort Rucker, AL 36330
Military Personnel Division Room 161
|Phone - Local||(334) 255-9124/9739|
|Phone - Commercial||(800) 240-9373|
|Soldier for Life: soldierforlife.army.mil/retirement|
The Retirement Services Office (RSO) 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.
We are an appointment based system, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (normal duty hours). Closed second Wednesday of the month from 2:15 pm – 4:00 pm. Open training holidays and days of no scheduled activities (DONSA). Closed federal holidays. Click here for more information.
Detailed pre-retirement group briefings for all retiring Soldiers are normally held on the third Wednesday of each month 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:
Conducted on an appointment basis to make their SBP election. Appointments are made by calling (334) 255-9124. Spouses are encouraged to 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 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, Army Retired Soldier 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.
I want to retire, what is my first step?
Contact your unit's personnel section. Units have a sample of the packet submitted to request retirement.
When can I pick up my Installation Clearance Form?
Ten working days before start of transition leave or permissive TDY taken in conjunction with retirement.
Who should attend Pre-Retirement Orientation Briefing and when?
All service members eligible for retirement to include those just thinking about retirement should attend as soon as possible. Spouses are welcome to attend.
When and where is the monthly Pre-Retirement Orientation Briefing?
It is held monthly on the third Wednesday in Soldier Service Center, Building 5700, Room 282 from 1330-1530. Reservation/advance notice is not required.
How do I contact the Fort Rucker Retirement Services Officer?
You can reach the office at (334) 255-9124 or toll free at (800) 240-9373.
Do I need an appointment to see the Retirement Services Officer?
An appointment is not required but it is recommended. The office is located in the Soldier Service Center, Building 5700, Room 161, next to the ID card section, whenever it is convenient.
How do I contact Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) about my retirement pay?
All services' Retirees are taken care of by DFAS-Cleveland. Their telephone number is (800) 321-1080.
How can I get a copy of my DD Form 214?
If there is a copy on file, you can get it via the internet at https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records or by submitting Standard Form (SF) 180, Request Pertaining to Military Records via regular mail.
My ID card needs renewed / is expired / is lost, who do I contact?
You can contact the Fort Rucker ID card section to schedule an appointment by calling (334) 255-2182 or schedule one by clicking here.
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