Take Action: Financial Literacy Month – Important lifetime decisions

Hopefully by now everyone is aware that BRS stands for ‘blended retirement system.’ And hopefully, many of you actually know that is the new modernized retirement system for the Coast Guard. But even with all of the information about BRS at your fingertips, maybe you haven’t given it the full attention it needs! Well, this month is the perfect month to devote some time to really learning about and truly understanding BRS. It is an important lifetime decision!


5 things to know about the Military to Mariner credentialing program

Interested in a career in the maritime sector once you retire or separate from the Coast Guard? Here are five things you should know about the Military to Mariner credentialing program!


Coast Guard Family Month: Joining the Coast Guard benefits your family

Do you know someone who is thinking of joining the Coast Guard? Are YOU thinking about joining the Coast Guard? Do you know about all of the benefits you would receive, or are you concerned about your family? Members of the Coast Guard receive a comprehensive benefits package, and many of these benefits will directly or indirectly positively impact your family. In addition to a steady salary, members receive free health, dental, and vision insurance; tuition assistance; housing; 30 days of paid vacation; and much more. Your dependents can also receive great benefits as well! Read the full post to find out more!


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Blended Retirement System Webinar and Q&A

All hands are invited and encouraged to participate in a Blended Retirement System webinar on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 at 1 p.m. EDT. The webinar will present an overview of the new Blended Retirement System, education plan for service and family members, as well as a “question and answer” session with program and policy directors.


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Blended retirement system implementation timeline

The new blended retirement system will become effective Jan. 1, 2018. All members currently serving will be grandfathered into the current system, but those with less than 12 years of service will have the option to opt into the new system. This post outlines the implementation timeline, training, and other important facts about the new blended retirement system.


Report of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission

Military commission provides compensation, retirement recommendations to White House, Congress

The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission provided its recommendations to President Barack Obama and Congress Thursday.


Officer's combination cover, sword, white gloves and medal rack laying upon an American flag. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey Hall.

Coast Guard offers early retirement to officers with 15 years of service

  The Coast Guard is offering early retirement to active duty officers who have served 15 years of active service by October 1, 2015. Temporary early retirement authorization or TERA is a discretionary authority, not an entitlement. It is a […]


Matt Botnen with his mother Connie, his wife Heather, daughter Emily and son Adam just before his last flight and retirement from the Coast Guard. Photo courtesy of Heather Botnen.

From the Homefront: A spouse’s perspective on retirement

Adjusting to a new life is the norm for Coast Guard spouses. But one of the greatest changes we face may be the transformation from military to civilian spouse.


Officer's combination cover, sword, white gloves and medal rack laying upon an American flag. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey Hall.

Coast Guard offers early retirement to active duty officers

As part of the service’s ongoing effort to optimize the Coast Guard workforce, Rear Adm. Daniel Neptun recently issued a Flag Voice reminding active duty officers with more than 15 but less than 20 years of service of the opportunity to pursue early retirement via Temporary Early Retirement Authorization, or TERA.