Retirement is the final step in your lifecycle as a Soldier or Airman. As such, it requires the same effort and attention that brought you this far in your career. You have to make some very important decisions. This website is intended to help you understand some basic things so that you will feel more comfortable and enjoyable.
HRO 16-001 Regular Active Service Retirement Process
The following are some basic but important tips:
1. Start with a positive attitude. Retirement is a process. Your transition from military to civilian life is a change and you’ll find a new way to contribute. Remember, once a Soldier, always a Soldier.
2. Prepare early. The more preparations you make, the easier the transition will be. You can submit your request to retire as early as 12 months and as late as 9 months. A great website to use as a reference is http://www.acap.army.mil
3. Understand the impact of your retirement on others. If you have a Family, remember that they have played a large part in your Army career. Their Active Army career is also coming to an end and they will need time to adjust also. Discussing changes can ease potential problems.
We recommend that once you and your family have made a decision to retire, you contact the Transition Point and get specific details about your future.
Click on the WVARNG Pre-Retirement Briefing to learn more about retirement.
Retirement Request Sample Memo