Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC)

Army National Guard: Federal Active Duty

Benefit Fact Sheet



Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) provides military Retirees a tax-free monthly compensation that is intended to replace some or all of the retired pay that is withheld due to receipt of VA compensation. CRSC is payable for disabilities that are found to be related to combat, including disabilities that were incurred in actual combat, while engaged in hazardous service, in the performance of duty simulating war, training for combat or as a result of an instrumentality of war. The amount of CRSC payable is directly related to the evaluation(s) assigned to combat-related disabilities, but cannot exceed the amount of withheld retired pay. Retirees cannot receive benefits simultaneously under both, CRSC and Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments (CRDP), programs.


National Guard Service members on federal active duty are not eligible for the CRSC program. The CRSC program benefits retired Service members (including chapter 61 Retirees, Temporary Early Retirement Act (TERA), and Temporary Disable Retirement List (TDRL) Retirees with less than 20 years of service).


Additional Information:

For more information on CRSC, including specific eligibility requirements, please visit the CRSC webpage maintained by Army Human Resources (HRC) Command:

CRSC Webpage maintained by DFAS:

DoD Financial Management Regulation:

Document Review Date: 13 June 2016