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New in 2017: Huge changes ahead for military retirement | MilitaryTimes

New in 2017: Huge changes ahead for military retirement | MilitaryTimes

The year ahead will prompt many of today’s 1.3 million active-duty service members to make a big decision about their retirement benefits: whether to preserve their place in the traditional military pension system or opt into a new “blended” benefits package.

Troops can start doing their research this year, but those who are eligible to make a choice have a full year before they can opt in to the new plan. That window will last from Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2018. Everyone who joins the military on or after Jan. 1, 2018, will be automatically enrolled in the new plan.

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