In most cases, Soldiers who have completed 20 years of active service are eligible to receive Retired Pay at the end of their career. The Date of Initial Entry into Military Service (DIEMS) determines which of the three retirement systems a Soldier falls under. Retired Pay amount and requirements depend on whether a Soldier qualifies for active duty retired pay or non-regular retired pay (Reserve Component).
Note: In accordance with Section 631 of P.L. 114-92, Section 354 of Title 37, U.S.C., was amended to discontinue authorization of any new payments of the Career Status Bonus (CSB/REDUX) as of January 1, 2018. No new CSB agreement may be entered into after December 31, 2017 and, accordingly, no member may elect a reduction in that member's retirement multiplier (i.e., convert to the REDUX retirement plan) as a consequence of electing a CSB after such date. An agreement to elect a reduced retirement multiplier in exchange for a CSB made on or prior to December 31, 2017, remains in effect. Payments pursuant to a CSB agreement entered into on or before December 31, 2017, may continue to be made on or after January 1, 2018. Letters to notify currently-serving active duty members of their eligibility to make a CSB election was discontinued as of July 1, 2017.
The return home from combat can often leave servicemembers feeling out of place with the most important people in their lives - their families.
"In deployment, Soldiers grow accustomed to a new lifestyle and a new 'family' - those buddies that bond together to defend each other," said Maj. Ken Williams, 14th Military Police Brigade chaplain. "This lifestyle change is prolonged and becomes familiar, i.e., the new normal."
The families also change while the Soldier is deployed.
"The family is a system," Williams said. "When one family member is absent, the whole system changes. All members of the family adapt to a new 'normal' way of life."
When the servicemember returns, the family may feel uncomfortable with each other, and the servicemember may withdraw from the family.