A reader writes:
There used to be a great calculator the Army put out– you enter your years of service, total points and the multiplier and it gave you a projected pay per month for your Reserve retirement. This should be on your site– the Army has taken it down…Help the lazy folk!
“Lazy”? I appreciate you pointing this out– in the submarine force we used to call this “forceful backup”. The Reserve and National Guard retirement system is complex, and figuring out your retirement pay can be even more difficult. A calculator helps you make sure that you understand your military retirement, and it can keep you from making a hasty career decision. In fact, you’d think that every service would have their own Reserve retirement calculator prominently displayed on their personnel websites.
Well, some of the services make it easy to find, some hide it behind a login, and I’m still looking for one.
You bloggers may have noticed that I used a plethora of keyword phrases in that “lazy” paragraph, because three-quarters of this blog’s traffic comes from search engines. “Reserve retirement” has been a top search phrase here for over six months, so let me make this a “pillar post” that’s easier for humans (and Google) to find what they’re looking for. I’ll break it down by keyword service and tell you what I know of their latest status. I’ll also include the links to the other posts on this blog which explain a few details that the calculators leave out. Please correct me if you have more information, and especially if you have a common access card.
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