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After the Army

Temporary Disability Retirement List (TDRL)


A soldier is placed on the Temporary Disability Retirement List (TDRL) if during the MEB (Medical Evaluation Board) he was assigned a disability rating of 30% or more but the condition was not deemed stable enough for a permanent rating. TDRL entitles a soldier to all retirement benefits the same as if he had served [...]

Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP)


This program continues paying the surviving dependent a monthly inflation adjusted income should the retired soldier pass away. This coverage must be elected at the time of retirement. Historically, there have only been four open periods when retirees were able to opt in to coverage. There is no guarantee of an open season so it [...]

Army Retirement Briefing for Soldiers and Families


If a soldier is retired for time in service or medically retired, he is required to attend a retirement briefing on post. This briefing must be attended in order to outprocess from the post. Spouses are encouraged to attend the briefing as well. While most benefits and compensation plans apply to time in service retirements [...]


The military pension system is one of the greatest benefits of serving in the military. After twenty years of service, the soldier is entitled to a pension. The pension is calculated based on the number of years of service. For each year of service, the military awards a pension of 2.5%. For twenty years of [...]

Army Medical Evaluation Board Outcomes


Going through a medical evaluation board (MEB) can be an overwhelming experience. You are dealing with so much of the unknown and the process can be very confusing. When my husband went through his, we were only aware of two options – discharge and discharge with settlement. We did not know any other options even [...]