To provide quality service regarding benefits, entitlements, information and referral to retirees and their families, as well as active-duty Soldiers and their families preparing for retirement. The Retirement Services Office also publishes the Fort Drum Retired Army Newsletter, advises and supports the Fort Drum Retiree Council, develops public support of Army programs and informs the retired community of upcoming events of interest.
Retirement Planning Toolkit and 36-Month Planning Timeline:
U.S. Army Retirement Planning Guide:
U.S. Army Retired Soldier Handbook:
Fort Drum Retired Soldiers Newsletter: Summer 2023
MANDATORY EVENTS for Retiring Soldiers:
Pre-Retirement / Survivor Benefits Plan (SBP) Briefing for ALL Soldiers retiring for longevity or medical reasons (Mandatory):
All Active Duty/AGR/USAR/ARNG Soldiers 12 months or less out from their anticipated retirement date can access pre-retirement and Survivor Benefit Plan information for review at the following sites:
Pre-Retirement Briefings Classroom Schedule:
* Medical (MEB) – 1st, 2nd, 4th Wednesday of the month, 1 to 4 p.m., Clark Hall, Room C1-34
* Longevity (Length of Service) – 3rd Wednesday of the month, 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., Clark Hall, Room C1-34
Call to reserve your seat. We welcome and encourage spouse attendance.
**IMPORTANT** Before clearing the Retirement Services Office and completing your final out appointment with the Transition Center, you must contact us at (315) 772-6339 / 6434 / 3189, confirming you have a completed Retirement Information Worksheet and schedule retirement / SBP counseling by the Retirement Services Office. Certain mandatory paperwork must be completed by the Soldier and any respective spouse before completing the clearing process. Failure to complete this process may slow or stop your out-processing.
If you have issues accessing the required information, please contact our office: (315) 772-6339 / 6434 / 3189.
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Monthly Retirement Breakfast:
Second Saturday of each month, 8 to 10 a.m., IHOP, 1290 Arsenal St., Watertown, N.Y. The Retirement Services Office provides updated information on benefits and programs that support retired and retiring service members and their families. (This is a casual event.)
Annual Retiree Appreciation Day (RAD)
Watch this space for information about the 2024 Retiree Appreciation Day on Fort Drum!
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Civilian attire is authorized for all events. Spouses are always encouraged to attend.
Questions: (315) 772-6339 / 6434 / 3189
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American Red Cross: www.redcross.org ⚠
Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES): www.aafes.com ⚠
Army Emergency Relief: https://www.aerhq.org/ ⚠
Army Retirement Services: http://soldierforlife.army.mil/retirement/home
Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA): www.commissaries.com ⚠
FEDVIP Dental and Vision Coverage: https://tricare.mil/About/Changes/FEDVIP
ID Card Service Locations Around the World: https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/rsl
Medicare information: www.medicare.gov
Military Compensation: https://militarypay.defense.gov
Military Records Request: https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records
MyPay website: https://mypay.dfas.mil/mypay.aspx
NYS Department of Veterans Affairs: https://veterans.ny.gov
Social Security Online: http://www.ssa.gov
Soldier for Life Retirement: https://soldierforlife.army.mil/retirement
Transition Assistance Program (Army): https://www.armytap.army.mil/
Transition Assistance Program (Fort Drum):
TRICARE Online: https://tricare.mil/
U.S. Family Health Plan: https://martinspoint.org
U.S. Veterans Affairs: https://www.va.gov
Watertown Vet Center: https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/facility.asp?ID=5619