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Retiree & Annuitant Services (RAS) Branch

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Commanding Officer (RAS)
U. S. Coast Guard
Pay & Personnel Center
444 SE Quincy St
Topeka KS 66683-3591
Toll Free: 1-800-772-8724
Commercial: 785-339-3415
Fax: 785-339-3770


Information about your pay and benefits


Reunion Notices

There will be no Retiree Newsletter for Jul/Aug/Sep 2017. Here are the reunion notices we've received that would have been included in that issue of the newsletter:

  • Ahoy New England Area CG Retirees: Some CG retirees are meeting 04 August 2017 at Base Boston's All Hands Club for "An Evening of CG Retirees' Sea Stories and Scuttlebutt". We invite you to drop by and renew old acquaintances. Tell some stories, spin some yarns, Mates. What better way to spend Coast Guard Day than spending time with some old-timers…We welcome you to the first of many "An Evening of CG Retirees' Sea Stories and Scuttlebutt". 04 August 2017, 1300. Send your contact information to SK1 Bob Pawlowski, USCGR (ret); cg.pawlowski@comcast.net or (617)529-2657.

2016 Tax Statements

2016 IRS form 1099r for Coast Guard, NOAA & PHS Retirees are now available via Direct Access/Global Pay Self-Service. See "View and print IRS Forms 1099R". to learn how access your 2016 tax statement.

The 2016 IRS forms 1095-B and 1095-C are also available in Direct Access. All retirees have 24/7 access to download and print these important tax forms using Direct Access Self-Service. See "How to View and Print Your ACA/1095 Form" to learn how to view and print these forms.

The most convenient way to view your Retiree/Annuitant Payslip and manage your account is through Global Pay Self Service, our online account management system. Global Pay Self Service provides faster service, security, accessibility and reliability to all PPC (RAS) customers worldwide.


Blended Retirement System (BRS) Training Courses

ALCOAST 445/16 provides an update on the Blended Retirement System (BRS) training modules that will provide training and inform all members on the BRS.

1. Leader Training to Introduce the BRS for the Uniformed Services – This course was released in June 2016 and is available for all active duty and Reserve personnel. All military personnel in pay grades E-6 and above must complete this course not later than 31 December 2016. Civilian supervisors of military personnel are highly encouraged to complete this course as well. The course is listed in the CG LMS Mandated "B" catalog and completion is tracked through CGBI.

2. BRS Financial Counselors/Educators Course (FCEC) – The course is currently available via CG LMS and is mandatory for Personal Financial Management Coordinators, Command Financial Specialists and Pay/Personnel Staff. Officers, chiefs, and civilian supervisors of military personnel are also encouraged to complete this course. This course provides those counselors/educators additional background in BRS to provide appropriate information and referral to assist service members form a decision based on their specific circumstances.

3. BRS Opt-In Training Course - This course is scheduled to be released January. 31, 2017. A retirement calculator will also be released in February 2017 which will allow eligible members to compare their own retirement benefits under the current retirement system and the new BRS. This will help eligible members make informed decisions as to whether to opt-in to the BRS or remain under the current retirement system.


Don't Forget to Update DEERS

The lives of service members and their families are full of transitions. Whether it's permanent change of station moves, retiring, going from Reserve status to active duty or something else, the one constant is change. The good news is that your TRICARE coverage can stick with you through these life changes, but you do have to make sure that your records in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) are up to date with your latest life events.

This means you should keep all your personal information - address, duty status, phone numbers, and email addresses - up to date. It's important to review DEERS as soon as possible whenever you move or experience one of the following life events:

  • Activation
  • Deactivation
  • Separation or retirement
  • Becoming Medicare eligible

Changing your contact information in DEERS is easy and can be done online at milConnect (www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect), by fax or mail, or in person at the nearest uniformed services identification (ID) card office. One thing you can't update yourself in DEERS is your duty status - only your Service can make those updates. Whenever you have a change in your duty status, check DEERS to make sure it's accurate. You can find your nearest ID card offices online with the RAPIDS Site Locator at www.dmdc.osd.mil/rsl/.

Other life events that can affect your TRICARE eligibility and require you to update DEERS include:

  • Marriage or divorce
  • Birth or adoption of a child
  • Change in a student's full-time enrollment status

Many DEERS updates require supporting documentation, including: marriage, birth, or death certificates, Medicare cards and Social Security Administration notification letters and orders or DD Forms214/discharge orders. A list of required documentation for various types of updates is available at www.dmdc.osd.mil/rsl/. Make sure to review the list and bring the appropriate documents with you, or you may not be able to make the updates you need.

For more information on how to update DEERS information, go to www.tricare.mil/DEERS.

Providing Your SSN in DEERS

Please note that even though your SSN is being replaced on your ID card, it is still important to provide your SSN and the SSNs of your TRICARE-covered dependents in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). In order to notify the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of your TRICARE coverage, so that the IRS is aware that you have met the minimum essential coverage requirement under the Affordable Care Act, your SSN, and your family members' SSNs must be listed in DEERS.

Using Global Pay Self Service

Note: To access the self service system, you must have received your first retired pay slip.

Because you are a new retiree, there is nothing available to view on the system until the pay has been processed.

The most convenient way to view your Retiree/Annuitant Payslip and manage your account is through Global Pay Self Service, our online account management system. Global Pay Self Service provides faster service, security, accessibility and reliability to all PPC (RAS) customers worldwide. With Global Pay Self Service you can:

  • View, print or save your Pay Slip and IRS Form 1099R.
  • Start, stop or change allotments.
  • Change your mailing address, e-mail address and phone number.
  • Update your federal or state income tax withholding information.
  • Make changes to your direct deposit information.
  • Elect to discontinue receiving Pay Slips and/or the Retiree Newsletter by mail.

Please visit our Global Pay information page for information for the first time user, forgotten password assistance and user guides.

Coast Guard Retiree Services Website

Commandant (CG-13) has redesigned a new website for Military Retirees. The Coast Guard Retiree Services Program website provides quick access to information on Benefits, Pay, Resources, The Commandant of the Coast Guard National Retiree Council, Survivor Benefits, and Transition Planning. It can be found at the easy to remember address of WWW.USCG.MIL/RETIREE

Retiree\Veterans Events Schedule

The Retiree\Veterans Events Schedule includes a worldwide listing of retiree appreciation days (RAD), seminars, town hall meetings, stand downs, clinics, resource\career fairs and other military retiree\veterans related events. The schedule is updated on an almost daily basis to include advertised retiree\veterans events that are obtained from .GOV, .MIL, veterans service organizations' websites and input from interested personnel.

Retiree Appreciation Days (RADs): Army Retiree Appreciation Days (RADs) are designed with you in mind. They’re a great source of the latest information for retirees and Family members in your area. RADs vary from installation to installation, but, in general, they provide an opportunity to renew acquaintances, listen to guest speakers, renew ID Cards, get medical checkups, and various other services. Some RADs include special events such as dinners or golf tournaments. For more information, contact the Retirement Services Officer (RSO) sponsoring the RAD. Visit the Army Retirement Services Office (RSO) web page or the Retiree\Veterans Events Schedule for a complete listing of RADs.


Enrollment in the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program can provide cost-savings for dental care

The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) is the first and only group dental benefits plan authorized by the federal government for Uniformed Services retirees and their families. There are many reasons why enrollment in the TRDP can help save money on the cost of dental care. For more information about how enrolling in the TRDP can help reduce dental health care costs for Uniformed Services retirees and their families, visit the TRDP web site at http://www.trdp.org/.

Eligibility for the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program includes "gray area" retirees

The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) is available to all military retirees (including "gray area" retirees under age 60) and their eligible family members, unremarried surviving spouses and their eligible children, as well as Medal of Honor recipients and their eligible immediate family members. The program covers cleanings, exams, fillings, root canals, gum surgery, oral surgery and dental accidents on the first day that coverage becomes effective; after 12 months of being in the program, it then covers crowns, bridges, partials, braces and dental implants. (New retirees who enroll within four months after retirement from the Uniformed Services or transfer to Retired Reserve status are eligible to waive the 12-month waiting period for major services; supporting documentation is required).

The TRDP provides every enrollee an annual maximum of $1,300 per person, a $1,200 annual maximum for dental accidents and a $1,750 lifetime maximum for orthodontics. It is important to note that the money that the TRDP pays out for preventive and diagnostic services doesn't count against the annual maximum - those benefits are in addition to the $1,300. Retirees can find more information on the program, as well as enroll 24/7/365, online by visiting http://www.trdp.org/.

TRDP enrollees realize the maximum program savings (an average of 22%) when seeing a network provider. To find a network provider, as well as utilize the Consumer Toolkit to view processed claims, see annual maximum information, sign up to receive paperless Explanation of Benefits and more, please visit http://www.trdp.org/.


Changes to Retiree ID Renewal Rules

Homeland Security Directive 12 now requires retirees and family members seeking to renew or replace a military identification card to provide two types of ID, one of which must include a photo. A list of acceptable documents can be found in PDF format on page No. 4 of Form I-9 (see the link below to access this form):

http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf

Before visiting a military ID card issuing facility, you may want to call first to determine what specific documents may be required, and to verify the process to renew or replace an ID card. For contact information and the location of the nearest ID card issuing facility, visit the RAPIDS Site Locator website. On this website, you can search by city, state or ZIP code:

https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/rsl

Moving? Don't forget to update your State Income Tax withholding

As a reminder when moving from one state to another and updating your home mailing address, don't forget to change your state tax withholdings. The retiree must request a change for state tax as an address change does not automatically change or stop the state information that the tax is being paid to.

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Retirement Processing

Please visit the Retirement Processing page for links to retirement calculators, forms, and other information you need to establish your retired pay account.

Retirement Certificates Must Be Pre-Ordered

The Pay and Personnel Retiree and Annuitant Services Branch (PPC-RAS) no longer pre-mails retirement certificates. Retirement certificates must be requested by the member's unit using the memo format at http://www.uscg.mil/ppc/ras/CertificateRequest.asp. The unit must submit the certificate request at least 60 days prior to the date planned for the member's retirement ceremony.

PPC (RAS) issues three types of certificates: Retirement, Spousal Appreciation and Presidential. We do NOT issue certificates to significant others, children or pets. Children's certificates are processed at the unit level.
The information on the Direct Access/Global Pay database is what is used to populate the names on the certificates. PPC-RAS cannot deviate from this for nicknames or AKA situations.
*******Effective 1/1/17 certificate request will be accepted for member's with APPROVED ORDERS vice APPROVED SEPARATION AUTHORIZATIONS.*******

CERTIFICATE INFORMATION FOR RETIREMENTS AFTER JANUARY 20, 2017

Due to the election of a new President, certificate request for retirements after January 20, 2017 will only contain the Retirement and Spousal Appreciation certificates. In the package containing these two documents will be the instructions for requesting the Presidential certificate along with the wording so that a mock certificate may be produced by the unit for the ceremony. Once PPC RAS has secured the new signature and we have the proper information as requested from the packet we will process the Presidential certificate.

The date of retirement determines which Presidential signature will be used not the ceremony date. NO EXCEPTIONS

Making Changes to your Account and Accessing your Benefits and Privileges

Please visit the Directory Assistance page for information on:


Process for Address Changes

All address changes must be submitted via Retired Global Pay Self-Service or mailed to PPC (RAS).

  • Follow the procedures in the Change your mailing address adobe acrobat reader required user guide to update your address using Retired Global Pay Self-Service.
  • If you cannot submit your change using Retired Global Pay Self-Service write us at:

    Commanding Officer (RAS)
    U. S. COAST GUARD PAY & PERSONNEL CENTER
    444 S. E. QUINCY ST.
    TOPEKA, KS 66683-3591

    Be sure to include your full name, rate/rank, signature, and employee ID number in your written request.

Process for State Income Tax Withholding Changes

All state tax withholding changes must be submitted via Retired Global Pay Self-Service or mailed to PPC (RAS).

  • Follow the procedures in the Update Federal / State Tax Information adobe acrobat reader required user guide to change your withholding using Retired Global Pay Self-Service.
  • If you cannot submit your change using Retired Global Pay Self-Service write us at:

    Commanding Officer (RAS)
    U. S. COAST GUARD PAY & PERSONNEL CENTER
    444 S. E. QUINCY ST.
    TOPEKA, KS 66683-3591

    Changes may be submitted on the withholding form specified by the state or in your letter to us.
    • In addition to the state you want taxes withheld for, you must provide us with a monthly dollar amount to be withheld. It has to be in even dollar increments for $10.00 or more. You cannot use standard exemptions (e. g. Married & 2 or Single & 0).
    • PPC can only withhold income tax for one state at a time, and PPC cannot withhold state income tax for annuitants. This table specifies whether PPC can or cannot withhold taxes for each state or territory listed:
    • Be sure to include your full name, rate/rank, signature, and employee ID number in your written request.

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Using Global Pay Self Service

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Note: To access the self service system, you must have received your first retired pay slip.

Because you are a new retiree, there is nothing available to view on the system until the pay has been processed.

The most convenient way to view your Retiree/Annuitant Payslip and manage your account is through Global Pay Self Service, our online account management system. Global Pay Self Service provides faster service, security, accessibility and reliability to all PPC (RAS) customers worldwide. With Global Pay Self Service you can:

  • View, print or save your Pay Slip and IRS Form 1099R.
  • Start, stop or change allotments.
  • Change your mailing address, e-mail address and phone number.
  • Update your federal or state income tax withholding information.
  • Make changes to your direct deposit information.
  • Elect to discontinue receiving Pay Slips and/or the Retiree Newsletter by mail.

Please visit our Global Pay information page for information for the first time user, forgotten password assistance and user guides.

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