Retirement Services Program

Army National Guard: State Active Duty

Benefit Fact Sheet




The Army Soldier for Life Retirement Services Program provides assistance to Soldiers and their Families preparing for and transitioning to retirement, Families of Soldiers who die on active duty and Retired Soldiers, surviving Spouses and their Families. Through a network of Retirement Services Officers (RSOs) at major Army installations, National Guard State Headquarters, and Army Reserve Regional Support Commands worldwide, they: 1) provide counseling to these groups on their rights, benefits and entitlements, 2) assist with Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) elections, 3) assist with Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP) elections and 4) keep the retiree population informed of law and benefit changes.



State Active Duty is not creditable service toward an Army federal retirement as the Soldier is employed by the states and not the Federal Government.  Examples of State Active Duty not covered are Governor Call-up for flood, hurricane or earthquake assistance.

Additional Information:

For more information, visit the Web site maintained by the Department of the Army Soldier for Life at:

Retirement Services Program Army Regulation 600-8-7:

Army Retirement Service Officers:

For National Archives Military Records Request information:

Document Review Date: 29 February 2016