Training for new Blended Retirement System mandatory for certain active-duty, reserve component service members

Below is a message from Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey concerning the new Blended Retirement System, training on which must be completed by Dec. 31:


Starting 1 January 2018, Active Duty Service members with fewer than 12 years of service as of 31 December 2017, and those Reserve Component Service members with less than 4,320 points will have until 31 December 2018 to decide to remain in the current system or opt into the Blended Retirement System.

The mandatory training is available via the Joint Knowledge On-line (http://jko.jten.mil/courses/brs/OPT-IN/launch.html) and ArmyOneSource (www.militaryonesource.mil) websites to assist eligible Soldiers with the decision to either opt-in or continue with a legacy retirement system. It is mandatory for all Soldiers to complete this training no later than 31 December 2017. The training includes videos, glossaries and example scenarios that explain the new retirement benefits and provide comparisons of the current and new systems.

Ultimately, Army leadership desires that all Soldiers receive the right compensation and benefits – whether wearing the uniform during military service, in retirement or following any period of honorable service. Make the time to complete the required training and decide which retirement plan works best for you and your Family. Soldier for Life!

Army Strong! SMA Dailey


The mandatory training is available to both users with or without a common access card at JKO Direct. For common access card users, log into Joint Knowledge Online at http://jko.jten.mil, click on the “Course Catalog” tab, search for “Blended Retirement System,” and select “Enroll” for “Blended Retirement System OPT-IN Course.”

Once you receive an email confirmation, click on the “My Training” tab and click on the “Launch” button for the course.

If you are not on a CAC-enabled computer, access the course by visiting http://jko.jten.mil/courses/brs/OPT-IN/launch.html.

For more information, visit www.benning.army.mil/garrison/dhr/BRS.html.

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