PERSONAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 
 and the
BLENDED RETIREMENT SYSTEM

 
 
     The Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (FY16 NDAA) made significant changes to the military retirement system by creating the Blended Retirement System (BRS), and further mandated financial literacy touchpoint training requirements.  The desired end-state is a financial education program that enables Service members and family members to make informed financial decisions, ensuring financial readiness throughout their military service and as they transition to civilian life.
 Personal Financial Management inquiries can be sent to:  NavyFinMgmt@navy.mil
  
FINANCIAL LITERACY
     Currently, pursuant to the FY16 NDAA, section 992 of Title 10, U.S. Code, Directive-Type Memorandum (DTM) 19-009 ("Financial Readiness Common Military Training Requirements"), and NAVADMIN 240/20, Sailors are provided financial literacy training at personal and professional touchpoints across the military lifecycle, beginning with recruit and officer accessions training and continuing throughout a Service member's career and transition to civilian life.  The first touchpoint is "Initial Entry Training" whereby financial literacy training is provided at Boot Camp and LifeSkills for enlisted Sailors and during the officer accessions training pipeline for officers.  The other touchpoints are as follows:
  • First permanent duty station
  • Permanent Change of Station (O3 and below, E4 and below)
  • Promotion (O4 and below, E5 and below)
  • Vesting in TSP (under BRS upon completion of 2 Years of Service)
  • Entitlement to Continuation Pay (under BRS)
  • Marriage
  • Divorce
  • Birth of First Child
  • Disabling Sickness or Condition
  • Pre- and Post- deployment
  • Leadership training
  • Transition of the Service member from AC to RC, separation or retirement
     Navy e-Learning (NeL) financial readiness touchpoint training courses have been developed that address all of the mandatory financial literacy touchpoints, minus the “Initial Entry Training” and “Transition” touchpoints as these two touchpoints are addressed during the officer/enlisted accession pipelines and the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) class, respectively.  These courses are now available for enrollment on NeL.  To easily find these courses on NeL, search for the title “touchpoint” under the Course Catalog tab.  Additionally, the MyNavy Financial Literacy mobile app has been updated to host the NeL touchpoint training courses, and allows Sailors to submit course completion certificates directly to their Electronic Training Jacket (ETJ).  In the event in-person training is preferred, corresponding in-person financial readiness touchpoint training courses are available, and are provided by a Command Financial Specialist (CFS) or a Fleet and Family Support Center Personal Financial Manager.  In-person training resources and information can be found on the GMT webpage, and on the Department of Defense Office of Financial Readiness (FINRED) website's Navy Resources webpage.  Once in-person training is completed, ensure that training is recorded in a member's Electronic Training Jacket (ETJ) by documenting in FLTMPS via a Learning Event Completion Form (LECF).
     Sailors will receive a Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) email notification upon reaching a financial literacy touchpoint, informing them to complete the appropriate financial readiness touchpoint training, and to review their budget/financial plan and acknowledge such on their NSIPS Budget/Financial Plan page.

 
MyNAVY FINANCIAL LITERACY MOBILE APPLICATION
    Revised for 2021, the MyNavy Financial Literacy application provides Navy personnel with information to help them achieve their personal financial goals and meet the Navy’s financial literacy education requirements.  This app is available for download to Apple iOS and Google Android mobile devices and is divided into the following sections for ease of use:
  •  Financial Readiness Touchpoint Training Courses offer access to twelve mandatory courses, and allows Service members to submit course completion certificates to their Electronic Training Jacket (ETJ). Touchpoint courses include First Duty Station, Permanent Change of Station, Promotion, Vesting in TSP, Entitlement to Continuation Pay, Marriage, Divorce, Birth of First Child, Disabling Sickness or Condition, Leadership Training, and Pre- and Post-Deployment.
  • Financial Literacy Resources include information on COVID-19 Financial Resources, Banking and Financial Management, Consumer Awareness, Spending Plans, Credit and Debt, Investments, and Insurance.
  • Blended Retirement System (BRS) Resources offer various types of information such as Continuation Pay (CP) rates, links, and videos. Of note, information is provided about the Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) allowing Service members to view their BRS status, verify BRS election, and elect CP.
  • BRS Courses offer links to the following courses:  BRS Opt-In Training, Leader Training to Introduce the BRS, BRS Financial Counselor/Educator Course, and BRS Lump Sum Course.
  • Calculators provide a comparison between the High-3 retirement plan and BRS, and estimate a Sailor’s retirement benefits under BRS, High-3, Final Pay and REDUX retirement plans.
 
BLENDED RETIREMENT SYSTEM (BRS)
    BRS combines a defined benefit, like the legacy (High-3) retirement plan, with a defined contribution component (automatic plus matching contributions to a member’s Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) account) and continuation pay.  BRS uses a 2.0% multiplier (vice the 2.5% used in the legacy retirement system) in calculating retired pay.  Thus, a member who served 20 years would receive 40% of the average of the highest 36 months of basic pay, a TSP account that contained government and optional member contributions, as well as continuation pay at the mid-career point.
     All Active Duty Service members, including Full-Time Support (FTS) personnel, whose Date Initially Entered Military Service (DIEMS) date was after 31 December 2005 or Reserve Component Service members with less than 4,320 retirement points as of 31 December 2017 had the choice of whether to stay with the legacy retirement system or opt-in to BRS via MyPay.  The election window for opt-in eligible members was from 1 January 2018 until 31 December 2018.  If an opt-in eligible member enrolled in BRS, this election was irrevocable.  Opt-in eligible members who did not choose to enroll in BRS during the election window remained in the legacy retirement system. All members with a DIEMS date on or after 1 January 2018 are automatically enrolled in BRS.
     Per NAVADMIN 280/18, only those Sailors that have been granted an extension in line with MILPERSMAN 1810-080 are allowed to opt-in after 31 December 2018.  An exception are midshipmen who signed a contract prior to 31 December 2017 as they are grandfathered under the legacy retirement system.  As such, because these midshipmen have less than 12 years of service, they are eligible to opt-in to BRS.  Upon being placed on active duty and entering an active pay status, the new officer will have 30 days to opt-in to BRS if they so choose.  This may occur shortly after commissioning or not until the new officer reaches his or her initial assignment.
     BRS Opt-In eligible members are required to complete the BRS Opt-In course(available on Joint Knowledge Online (JKO)).  BRS Opt-In issues can be sent to the MyNavy Career Center (MNCC) at:  askmncc@navy.mil


BRS Links
Department of Defense, Military Compensation: The Uniformed Services Blended Retirement System, contains information concerning the Blended Retirement System and available resources.
BRS Frequently Asked Questions (28Mar18)
BRS Comparison Calculator
BRS Calculator
 


 
BRS Leaders Training Course:
For JKO: (course #:J3OP-US1330)
DVD Under the Subject dropdown menu, choose “VI Productions”.  In the comments section of the order form, include the following: BRS Leader Training Course, Pin Number: 505675, quantity, branch of service, and shipping address (include the name of who will be receiving the package).
BRS Financial Counselor/Educator Course:
For JKO:  (course #:J3OP-US1331)
DVD  Under the Subject dropdown menu, choose “VI Productions”.  In the comments section of the order form, include the following:  BRS Financial Counselor/Educator Course, Pin Number: 505675, quantity, branch of service, and shipping address (include the name of who will be receiving the package).
BRS Opt-In Course:
For JKO:  (course #:J3OP-US1332)
DVD  Under the Subject dropdown menu, choose “VI Productions”.  In the comments section of the order form, include the following:  Blended Retirement System Opt-In (2hrs), Pin Number: 505679, quantity (if requesting more than 50 copies, please provide justification), branch of service, and shipping address (include the name of who will be receiving the package)
POLICY:  
DoDI 1342.22    DoD Military Family Readiness 
DTM 19-009       Financial Readiness Common Military Training (CMT) Requirements 
ASN Memo – Implementation of the BRS Policy:  DON policy for BRS (26Apr17)
ASN Memo – Change 1 to Implementation of BRS:  Continuation pay clarification (10Aug17)
OPNAVINST 1740.5D  Navy's Personnel Financial Management guidance and requirements.

REFERENCES:
CY22 Continuation Pay Rates

CY21 Continuation Pay Rates
CY20 Continuation Pay Rates
CY19 Continuation Pay Rates
CY18 Continuation Pay Rates
 
NAVADMINs:
NAVADMIN 114/21   BRS CY 2022 Continuation Pay Rates
NAVADMIN 009/21   Family Readiness Update
NAVADMIN 252/20   2020 Temporary Deferral of Social Security Tax
NAVADMIN 240/20   FY2021 General Military Training Requirements
NAVADMIN 172/20   BRS CY 2021 Continuation Pay Rates
NAVADMIN 132/19   BRS CY 2020 Continuation Pay Rates
NAVADMIN 280/18   Closure of the BRS Enrollment Period
NAVADMIN 158/18   BRS Enrollment Period and Continuation Pay
NAVADMIN 302/17   Start of the BRS Enrollment Period and Enrollment Instructions for Opt-In Eligible Service Members
NAVADMIN 133/17   Availability of the BRS Opt-in Comparison Calculator
NAVADMIN 020/17   Availability of the BRS Opt-In Training
NAVADMIN 281/16   BRS Personal Financial Counselor and Educator Course
NAVADMIN 259/16   Notification of Eligibility to Opt-In to the BRS
NAVADMIN 217/16    Announcement of the BRS for the Uniformed Services
NAVADMIN 161/16   U.S. Navy Financial Literacy Education Implementation Plan

INFORMATION LINKS:
Military OneSource‚Äč
DoD Office of Financial Readiness (FINRED)
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