Getting ready for retirement from military

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  1. ricky

    ricky Millennium Member

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    After serving active duty and reserves I am 6 month out from filling out my paperwork online.

    I simply wanted to know things I should make sure I get done prior to retiring?

    I will get copies of my medical records and I wanted to know who does the last physical, is it the VA or local regular doc?

    I would have posted this on the military forum but no one ever goes there.

    Any ideas are appreciated.

    :patriot: :usaf:
     
  2. kbm54

    kbm54 GTDS Lifetime Member

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    I have nothing constructive to add, as far as, what you should get done before you retire.
    However, I would like to say thank you for your service! :patriot:
     

  3. ricky

    ricky Millennium Member

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    Thanks for the kind words!!
     
  4. Sam Spade

    Sam Spade Staff Member Lifetime Member

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    Do as much paperwork as you can while on active duty. Wills, powers of attorney, health care POA, etc. Do as much medical as you can, current prescriptions for meds and eyeglasses, full & honest physical documenting anything that contributes to a disability.

    Use the .mil connections for after-retirement employment.
     
  5. LoadToadBoss

    LoadToadBoss IYAAYWOT

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    Your military personnel office and retiree affairs office could better advise you.

    I will be retired 12 years this coming Jan 1. Thanks for your service.
     
  6. Wastelander

    Wastelander NEVER BACK DOWN

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    Thank you for your service!
     
  7. mustang6112

    mustang6112 Watching

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    I'm jealous!
    Congratulations and enjoy!
    Three more years for me until I am at that point.
     
  8. wrenrj1

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    I was lucky to do my two-week Annual Training in state a few weeks before I retired. I went to our state headquarters and requested to review my personnel file which had all of my documents for my 21-years of service. A copy machine was next to the records shelves. I copied my whole military file, every document, LES, etc. That was in the file.

    You can probably request all of this information and they will do it. I was ARNG and not a Reservist, so the process may be different. I did not have an exit physical etc. Just a short out processing brief regarding what status I wanted to go, and benefits options. I went Retired Reserve.

    Thanks for your service!
     
  9. MooseJaw

    MooseJaw NRA Lifer CLM

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    Thank You for your Service..



    Now, throw those papers away, and sign back up..



    It's cold and dark out here!! :rofl:
     
  10. wrenrj1

    wrenrj1

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    I just gotta laugh at your comment!:rofl: Actually I considered it myself!
     
  11. Ragnar

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    Assuming that you are stationed at a military base with a clinic/hospital, the military will do your final physical. The VA only becomes a player once you're out.

    Yes, get a copy of your medical and dental records. If possible, ask nicely if you can make the copies yourself. I didn't, and I got them back out of order and quite frankly a poor product.

    If possible, get any medical/dental issues you have looked at or fixed before you get out. Due to some issues I identified before I retired, its a lot easier for me to get them looked at regularly now than if I had waited until I got out.

    Take the transition classes seriously. You learn a lot about how to position yourself for employment post retirement.
     
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    okie GT Mayor

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    Thanks for your service my friend, good luck in your retirement:patriot:
     
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    robin303 Helicopter Nut

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    Can't say it better my self. Have fun now.
     
  14. metrogruntual

    metrogruntual o__O

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    I retired after 21 years Air Force active duty back in 2002.

    My advice is this: Get to the VA and get an evaluation physical BEFORE you get out!!!! I can't stress this enough. When I got out I was given a 10% disabled staus by the VA. Nothing big there - high blood pressure, some vertigo issues, high frequency hearing loss. This was determined by the VA BEFORE I got out.

    What this means, in a rubber-hits-the-road way, is that a 10% disabled vet can claim extra points when applying for federal and some state jobs. So, you get points for being a vet and get more points for 10% disabled. The next tier where more points are awarded is for a 30% disbled vet.

    Now, I am not saying to try to game the system, and I did not try to get the 10% rating. But it is what it is, I have the issues I have... just plain facts. So, why not try to use it to help?

    I got a few callbacks on jobs where the 10% might have given me the edge. I had already found a good job by then so did not pursue these. Man, it takes government employers FOREVER to get around to filling positions! I was still getting letters wanting to set up an interviews for years (yes, YEARS) after I applied for them! But then I did send out a couple of boatload of applications and resumes!!! HAHA
     
  16. metrogruntual

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    FWIW, I am saying "GAME THE SYSTEM".

    :wavey:
     
  17. KalashniKEV

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    +1000

    Although at the same time, are you not-yet-sick of working for the .gov?

    Wait until you see some DoD, or worse yet, other Federal civilians.

    Can you say, "at-work-on-welfare?"

    Rant Off. :)
     
  18. metrogruntual

    metrogruntual o__O

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    Exactly!

    There is very little "getting over" I can imagine in terms of a someone who has completed 20 years of active federal service.

    It's all of the "other folks" that get my attention.
     
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    Another thing I thought of, get a copy of your medical records! ESPECIALLY your Immunization record.
     
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    If you are in the Reserves, you should request a retirement seminar - the National Guard is usually better about doing these, but there are some particular things you should be aware of especially if you are a "gray area retiree" - in other words if you are retiring now and won't draw your retirement until age 60 -
    you are still entitled to certain benefits between now and retirement.