The following checklist and online resources are designed to help you make a successful transition. It is designed for an Active Duty member but many of the things apply to all retiring.
Retirement is a process, not an event. Seek the advice of those who've gone before.
This information is taken from https://www.dfas.mil/retiredmilitary/apply/how-to-apply/. We have combined the various link information into a 5 page document.
This guidance provides information in applying for and receiving Reserve retired pay, as well as conditions for retired pay offset, making your SBP elections, impact on civil service retirement, and who to contact for questions once retired pay is established and individual health benefits.
The purpose of this guide is to provide an organized list of information, as a starting point, for Guard and Reserve traditional retirees (grey area retirees) as they gather information for the process of applying for benefits approaching their retired pay effective date and/or 60th birthday.
In the 1998 National Defense Authorization Act, the Secretary of Defense approved awarding Cold War Recognition Certificates to all members of the armed forces and qualified federal government civilian personnel who faithfully and honorably served the United States any time during the Cold War era, Sept. 2, 1945, through Dec. 26, 1991. Applicants must certify that their service was "faithful and honorable", and they must supply a copy of a supporting document which proves that they served during the Cold War era. The certificate may be awarded posthumously to those whose relatives apply on their behalf. There is no charge for a Cold War Recognition Certificate.
Note that no medal has been authorized or issued for Cold War Recognition. The program is scheduled to run until the supply of certificates is exhausted. This award is only issued one time. No replacement certificate will be issued.
Anyone who worked for the U.S. Government at any time during the Cold War era, Sept. 2, 1945 through Dec. 26, 1991, is eligible, provided their service to the country was faithful and honorable. National Guard and Reserve Soldiers are eligible. Contractors and volunteers are not eligible. Those who are currently active duty military or civilian employees of the U.S. government are also eligible if they had at least one day of honorable service during the Cold War era.
Kansas does not tax disbursements from the TSP.