Soldiers eligible to opt-in to the Blended Retirement System have until Dec. 31 to decide whether to opt-in to BRS or remain with the legacy retirement system.
Active-duty service members with fewer than 12 years of service as of Dec. 31, 2017, and Reserve component service members with less than 4,320 points are eligible.
The BRS blends the traditional legacy retirement pension, also known as a defined benefit, with a defined contribution benefit into a Thrift Savings Plan, or TSP.
This new system provides retirement savings benefits for the majority of service members, including those who serve fewer than 20 years.
For more information on the Blended Retirement System, visit https://militarypay.defense.gov/BlendedRetirement/.