Blended Retirement System: 6 Major Considerations Before You Choose

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Here is a nice article for those debating between the current retirement system and the new Blended Retirement System or BRS:

Blended Retirement System: What Will You Do? 6 Major Considerations Before You Choose

Personnel Chiefs Worry Over Deployment Pace, New Blended Retirement

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Here is a link to an article that discusses two genuine concerns, the current operational tempo and the new Blended Retirement System (BRS):

Personnel Chiefs Worry Over Deployment Pace, New Blended Retirement

Beta Test of the DoD’s Blended Retirement System Calculator

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Here is a link to the beta test of the Department of Defense Blended Retirement System Comparison Calculator:

Blended Retirement System Comparison Calculator – Beta Version

You Were Selected for Promotion to O5 or O6 – Should You Accept It?

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BLUF – If you are hoping to retire but are not willing to serve 3 years as a Commander or Captain, you should decline the promotion.  (This is not applicable if you are resigning.  Only if you are hoping to retire.)

The policy regarding promotions and retirements is governed by OPNAVINST 1811.3A.  If you are lucky enough to be selected for promotion to O5 or O6, you should be familiar with this instruction and make sure you are willing to spend 3 years as a CDR or CAPT before you plan to retire.

Paragraph 4b of the OPNAVINST states:

“Officers must satisfy the minimum active duty time-in-grade requirement to retire in the highest grade satisfactorily served…Officers who desire to retire before completion of the minimum time-in-grade requirement must decline appointment to the next higher grade. Officers who have accepted appointment to the next higher grade must satisfy the retired grade criteria in paragraph 7.”

Seems like we need to go to paragraph 7…

“7. Time-in-Grade Requirements. Unless retirement in the next inferior grade is directed by SECNAV for an officer or warrant officer under reference (c), then officers, warrant officers, and enlisted members retired voluntarily or transferred to the Fleet Reserve shall be retired in the highest grade satisfactorily held upon completion of the following time-in-grade requirements…Three years for an officer serving on active duty in pay grade O5 or O6.”

Paragraph 5b states:

“Unless waived by proper authority, approval of requests for voluntary retirement or transfer to the Fleet Reserve will normally be denied until an individual has completed: (1) The applicable time-in-grade requirements of paragraph 7;”

In addition, paragraph 7e states:

“COMNAVPERSCOM shall normally deny retirement requests or Fleet Reserve requests of members serving on active duty in, whose length of service in the highest grade held while on active duty does not meet the time-in-grade requirements specified above.”

What’s the bottom line?  There are certain exceptions spelled out in this policy, and you can get information on time-in-grade or next-lower-grade waivers here and here, but if you want to retire and accept promotion to CDR or CAPT you should be willing to serve in that rank for 3 years.  Otherwise, you should decline the promotion.

Detailing Update – Orders, PRDs, Resignation, Retirement, a Survey, and War College

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Here are a few notes one of the Detailers sent out yesterday:

Delayed Order Release

Due to financial constraints, no orders have been released in the last several weeks. We acknowledge this is incredibly inconvenient to our constituents. Standby for more information, we will pass it as we get it.

Expired Projected Rotation Dates (PRDs)

Many officers have PRDs that are set to expire this summer. Officers with expired PRDs are attractive targets to place in high priority OCONUS and operational billets. Please get your extension requests in ASAP.


Officers planning to resign or retire should have their requests in 9 months prior to their requested detachment month. Requests turned in less than 6 to 9 months prior to requested detachment will be kicked back. There were several officers extended past their obligation because they did not send their request in on time.

I recommend reading CDR Schofer’s blog post entitled “How to Resign Worry Free.”

The earliest these can be submitted is 12 months prior to requested detach date.

Survey for Officers with a 2017 PRD

If your PRD was in 2017 and you accepted PCS orders or extended, please consider completing a one minute survey to assess attitudes regarding the billet assignment process among Medical Corps officers. The survey will close June 1st.

Last year we administered a survey of Navy Medical Corps officers to assess attitudes regarding the billet assignment process. We took measures to improve the process for billets assigned in 2017 and we are administering another short survey to measure improvement. The results, available at the end of the survey, will be briefed to leadership and made public. THANK YOU!

Naval War College

PERS needs people for the August 2017 Naval War College class. Applicants must have completed Joint Professional Military Education 1. They will consider breaking orders for appropriate applicants. Please see this blog post for a War College description by a current student.