Blended Retirement System: The New Military BRS

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Last update 17 Feb 2017

I will use this page to collect ideas, resources, and links to all things Blended Retirement System related. I will keep it continuously updated as new information comes out, so come back often. There is a lot of misinformation and lack of knowledge out there about the new plan coming in 2018.

All of the links I provide have been vetted and confirmed by me to contain accurate information, but things are changing rapidly as the BRS implementation date of 1 Jan 2018 approaches. Stay informed and make your choice early in 2018 so you can get a full year of matching, if you decide to switch!

Information About The New 2018 Military Retirement

USAA BRS Calculator

Should I Opt Into the BRS?

If you find any other good resources please email me, use the contact page, or leave a comment below. Thanks!

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