Understanding Military Retirement and Supporting Military Retirees in Your Service Network
EDIS Cover Issue number 5 September October 2023
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military families
retirement planning
survivor benefit plan


How to Cite

Jowers, Kristen, and Martie Gillen. 2023. “Understanding Military Retirement and Supporting Military Retirees in Your Service Network: FCS3388/FY1528, 10/2023”. EDIS 2023 (5). Gainesville, FL. https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-fy1528-2023.


This publication discusses aspects of military retirement, including retirement systems, planning processes, pay and taxes, survivor benefits, and planning resources. Written by Kristen Jowers and Martie Gillen, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, October 2023.

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