The Army Retirement Services Office develops Army policy and oversees Army programs worldwide that prepare Soldiers and their families for retirement, assist survivors of Soldiers who die on active duty, and serve retired Soldiers, surviving spouses, and their families until death in order to comply with federal laws, encourage retired Soldiers to be Soldiers For Life, and improve recruiting and retention. In accordance with AR 600-8-7, Army Retirement Services develops Army policy and procedures for the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) program; publishes Echoes, the newsletter for retired Soldiers and surviving spouses and their families; develops policy for the operation of the Army Retirement Services Program; and administers the Army Chief of Staff's (CSA) Retiree Council.