Quick Reference Guide

Reserve Retirement


Retirement Point Statements

Types of Retirement

Pre-Retirement Checklist

Requesting Retirement




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All information contained in this brochure has been sourced from the following directives:


· Reserve Policy Manual, M1001.28 (series)

· Personnel and Pay Procedures Manual, (PPPM), M1000 (series)

· Coast Guard Pay Manual, M7220.29B


For additional information or guidance, review the manual and/or General Message Board for the latest ALCOAST.


At least 12-24 months before planned retirement, members should attend a pre-retirement orientation, Transitional Assistance Programs (TAPs). There is no prohibition to attending more than once before retirement.


The information provided is designed to help prepare you for your retirement. It is intended to guide you to the resources you need.



Get Ready for Retirement


A qualifying year under the Reserve system, is a year in which the member earns at least 50 retirement points during their retirement year. Inactive point credit is earned for Inactive Duty Training (IDT), Reserve membership, equivalent instruction, and correspondence courses.



Retirement Point Statements


Reserve Retirement Point Statements (CG-4175A) are distributed by the Pay and Personnel Center (PPC). Members with questions or possible errors on their statement may contact PPC to request a copy by calling their customer care line at 1-866-PPC-USCG.


Retirement Points can be earned according to the following chart:

















Personnel who have served in other components of the Armed Forces must review Retirement Point Statements correctly and verify all years have been accounted for accurately.



Types of Retirement


Retirement with Pay (RET-1):


· Completes at least 20 years of satisfactory federal service.


· Reached age 60.


· Not entitled to receive military retired pay under any other provision of law.


Retirement Awaiting Pay at Age 60 (RET-2):


· Satisfied all requirements for RET-1 except having reached age 60.


· Not entitled to receive military retired pay under any other  provision of law.



Pre-Retirement Checklist


· Attend Transitional Assistance Programs (TAPs) . Visit:



· Schedule pre-retirement physical exam. Exam must be completed within 12 months of retirement.


· Complete Career Intentions worksheet CG-2045 at least 6 months before planned departure date.


· Review Reserve Retirement Point Statements for accuracy. If prior service, request Statement of Creditable Service (SOCS) through unit.


· Make a copy of your medical record.


· Verify receipt of 20 year letter.



Requesting Retirement


Steps to requesting retirement:


Step 1:

Submit retirement request on the Reserve Retirement Transfer Request (CG-2055A) via your chain of command and servicing SPO.


Step 2:

Upon command approval, your unit shall request your Retirement Certificates online at:

http://www.uscg.mil/ppc/ras CertificateRequest.asp


Step 3:

Personnel Service Center (PSC) will provide Coast Guard Certificate of Retirement, Certificate of Appreciation from the President of the United States, and a Coast Guard Certificate of Appreciation for a member’s spouse. Certificates shall be presented to the member at a suitable ceremony.





· Retirement pay is due and paid on the first working day of the month.  For example if you retired on 1 Dec 2010, first payment will be received on 3 Jan 2011.


· Reservists retired with pay (RET-1) and  without pay (RET-2) are authorized full use of military exchanges, commissaries, and other base facilities.


· Limited medical/eye-care at military facilities is available for reservists who are retired with pay (RET-1). Check with your nearest military clinic.


· Reserve personnel who elect to enroll in the  TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) within 120 days after retirement are eligible to skip the 12-month waiting period normally required. Visit:



· Social Security and Civil Service retirement pay benefits may be received concurrently with military retired pay.


· Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RC-SBP) will provide a monthly income for a retiree’s survivors after his/her death.  Visit:



· TRICARE Retired Reserve (TRR) is a premium-based worldwide health plan that qualified retired Reserve members and survivors may purchase. Visit:



· Armed Forces Recreation Centers (AFRC) lodging 1-800-462-7691.





· USCG Pay & Personnel Center (PPC) http//.uscg.mil/ppc


· USCG Personnel Service Center (PSC) http//:uscg.mil/PSC


· U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs http://www.va.gov


· Social Security Administration http://ssa.gov


· Space Available Travel Information http://military.com/TravelPrivileges


· Department of Homeland Security http://www.dhs.gov


Before visiting a military ID card issuing facility, it is strongly encouraged to call first to ask what specific documents are required to renew or replace an ID card.





Information compiled by:

Force Readiness Command

Reserve Readiness Division - 5/2011



When a Reservist completes

Retirement Point (s) earned

Active service (ADT, IDT, AT)

1 point is earned for each day of active   service

Year of service

15 points a year

Unit training assembly

1 point each

Funeral Honors Duty (FHD)

1 point for each day

Satisfactory completion of accredited correspondence courses

1 point for each three credit hours earned