2012 U.S. Military Retired Handbook

The United States Military Retired Handbook is designed to help all U.S. Military personnel who have retired – or who are planning to retire. This unique guide covers everything from the nuts and bolts of computing your Retirement Pay to the detailed explanations of retired military Healthcare, TRICARE, Social Security, VA, SBP, taxes, insurance, travel, survivor benefits and much more!
Click Here to download this handbook.


  • John Smithson
    Posted June 22, 2009 7:07 pm 0Likes

    do you have a handbook just for social security benefits?

  • Peter Joseph Gowen
    Posted June 23, 2009 1:16 pm 0Likes

    No, I do not have a handbook on just Social Security Benefits; something like this would be of great value to me. I’m retired with two fully replaced hips and every bone in my body has been broken. Additionally, I am in my third year dealing with Parkinson’s disease and the progress signs show that Parkinson will move a little faster in me than for most who get Parkinson’s. I am thankful to have served our beautiful country and more importantly my service in the Marine Corps. This type of information would be great, as Social Security Benefits seem to be a mystery, at least to me.

  • tweetattacks review
    Posted February 26, 2011 3:56 pm 0Likes

    I think this handbook is a very good idea. It outlines everything that a person would need, and it keeps them informed of all things that have to do with benefits.

  • Dustin
    Posted April 13, 2012 7:19 pm 0Likes

    Are 100% service connected disabled veterans eligable to hop flights? My id card is a DD FORM 2765, but I’m told that I would have to have a DD FORM 2 (the blue retiree id card) to hop a flight. I didn’t retire from the military, but can a 100% SC veteran be issued a DD FORM 2 card?

  • Richard Cagle QMC(SS) USN Ret
    Posted April 21, 2012 10:06 pm 0Likes

    Under what circumstances is it authorized for a retired serviceman to wear his uniform in public.

  • Kendrick Seahorn Sr.
    Posted August 25, 2012 7:57 pm 0Likes

    I’m a Service Connected 100% Permanent & Totally Disabled Veteran, and often find the language used in the manuals for benefits often are for “RETIRED” veterans, and NOT for DISABLED veterans with a service connection. Will we ever be able to enjoy some of the same benefits as retirees? I have learned since my separation from the U.S. Marines, that if your disability from active duty service is rated at less than 30% at the time of your medical discharge, you are just “MEDICALLY discharged/separated”, but if it is rated at more than that, you will be “MEDICALLY RETIRED”, and thus can say you are “RETIRED” out and get retirement status and retirement benefits. Can someone PLEASE look into this for all that have served and became disabled due to their service connection? Thanks you.

    • admin
      Posted September 5, 2012 12:46 pm 0Likes

      We are starting work on the 2013 handbooks now, and will be sure to address the two groups separately going forward.

      As for getting the benefits changed, I wish we had the authority to do that! You certainly deserve to receive benefits because of your service and sacrifice. Support veterans’ groups who can lobby for changes and vote for political candidates who appreciate your service. Those are the people who can make a difference for you and others in your situation.

  • James T Philage -
    Posted February 9, 2013 1:37 pm 0Likes

    I served 4 years active. 24 years ready reserve 28 total For the past 13 years I have been Disabled with Parkinsons and Prostrate Cancer which is in remission. My two conflicts were
    Santa Domingo, for which I was awarded a Armforces Experdition Medal we were supporting our troops off shore boat to shore 24 hrs 7days for a month. Cuban Crises the same duty 24hrs 7days for a month. The same Medal was awarded.
    These were considered conflicts not a war. To apply for disability is such a huge affair that he cannot handel himself Where do we go to for help

  • Michael R. Myers
    Posted May 30, 2013 6:05 pm 0Likes

    “Click Here” doesn’t work using IE 11. Tried 3 times, always reloaded the page, but never sent the link to the book.

    • admin
      Posted August 6, 2013 11:01 am 0Likes

      Hi, Michael.

      You probably need to have pop-ups enabled for the button to work. That’s the most common problem I’ve found when people write in that the downloads won’t work.

  • J.S. de la cruz
    Posted October 22, 2013 9:40 pm 0Likes

    I completed 3 yrs active duty in Vietnam. Completed Active Reserve Service then active duty again. I completed 38 yrs, 8 mos and 1 day of total military service with 21 yrs of active duty. According to NPC Millington, TN. I have to retire as a Reservist. When, how and who do I contact to apply for retirement?? I will be 60 July 2014.

  • L.Tard
    Posted September 9, 2014 7:20 pm 0Likes

    Social Security pamphlets can be obtained online at SSA.gov

  • Thomas demartino
    Posted October 19, 2014 6:55 am 0Likes

    did you publish a 2014 edition?

    • admin
      Posted October 21, 2014 10:06 am 0Likes

      We publish new editions every year. Simply visit the site and select the book you would like. (It appears you followed an old link to a previous version.)

  • Frank Lepore
    Posted March 6, 2015 6:26 am 0Likes

    I am trying to order a 2015 Ed. of Retired Military Almanac and have had no success. Phone # is un answered,{maybe a old number). Web site does not help at all. If you have a 2015 Ed., tell me how to order same.

    • admin
      Posted May 5, 2015 9:01 am 0Likes

      The Almanacs have not been produced for several years. I am not sure what happened to their publisher.

  • Scott
    Posted May 19, 2015 9:42 am 0Likes

    In response to Frank as well, I used to get the books from http://www.miilitaryalmanac.com (out in Falls Church, VA) and got one in 2010 but that was the last I ever saw of them…used to be carried in exchanges too in years past.
    They were crammed full of info though not always easiest to read…miss those, but Military Handbooks does an excellent job too. I just set a reminder every year to check for the latest version(s) to download here, to ensure having the latest info.

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