The Army Retirement Services Program celebrates its 60th Anniversary


November 14, 2015 - The Army Retirement Services Program is celebrating its 60th Anniversary. 60 years ago, on November 14, 1955, the Army dedicated an office to prepare Soldiers and their Families for retirement, assist survivors of Soldiers who die on active duty, and serve Retired Soldiers, surviving Spouses, and their Families until death. Since then, the U .S. Army Retirement Services Office (RSO) has developed policy and managed Army programs across the globe that assist this special population of Soldiers. RSO currently supports 1.2 million Retired Soldiers and surviving spouses.

In addition to these services, Army Retirement Services develops Army policy and procedures for the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) program; publishes Echoes, the newsletter for Retired Soldiers and surviving spouses and their families; develops policy for the operation of the Army Retirement Services Program; and administers the Army Chief of Staff's (CSA) Retiree Council.

Celebrate this milestone by engaging with RSO on Army Echoes Blog throughout the month of November and on Soldier for Life social media:,

To hear a 60th anniversary message from the Army Vice Chief of Staff, General Daniel B. Allyn, visit: