Retired Guardsmen and Reservists who have completed their 20 years but are not old enough to collect their retired pay are considered to be in a "Gray Area." This table shows your "gray area" benefits compared to the "full" (active duty retiree) benefits which you and your family will begin to receive or be eligible for upon receipt or retired pay. SPECIAL NOTE: Insure that your branch always has your current address so they can mail you your application for retiree pay when you become eligible.
Your Benefits Gray Area Retiree & Dependents Retiree/Dependents
Not receiving Retiree Pay Receiving Retiree Pay
Military ID Cards Retiree/Dependents: Get new ID Must get new ID cards &
cards & enroll in DEERS upon ensure enrollment in DEERS
retirement (typically age 60) (after 20 years' service)
Access to Military Installations Yes Yes
Exchange/PX/BX/Shopettes Yes (same restrictions as above) Yes
Commissary Yes (same restrictions as above) Yes
Medical Facilities No Yes
TRICARE Health Insurance Plans May use TRICARE Retired Yes
Reserve (TRR) until age 60 when
they can use TRICARE or US
Family Health Plan.
TRICARE Retiree Dental Program Yes Must pay premiums Yes Must pay
Base Service Stations Yes. Yes.
DFAS MyPay Website Yes (same restrictions as above) Yes
Lodging: (Available Space) Yes Yes
MWR: Gyms, pools, theatres, ect Yes Yes
Base Medical Facilities No Yes
Space-A Travel on Military Aircraft Yes; limited to CONUS Retiree must
Dependents — No accompany
Spouse & dependents
Base Family Services Yes Yes
Base Legal Office Assistance None Yes
Survivor Assistance Yes Yes
Casualty Assistance Yes Yes
Vets Group Life Insurance Yes, if eligible Yes, if eligible
VA Eligbility See VA rep See VA rep
State Veterans Benefits Varies by state Varies by state
Veteran Burial Benefits Yes. Yes.
VA Cemetery Burial Retiree/Spouse Retiree/Spouse
As always please see your local County Veterans Service Officer if you have any questions. You can contact your local VSO at (218) 631-7617 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and as always have a great week.