Blended Retirement System

Blended Retirement System

The Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act provides our military force with a modernized retirement plan built for retirement savings. Beginning in 2018, our service members can get automatic and matching Thrift Savings Plan contributions as well as mid-career compensation incentives in addition to monthly annuities for life. All service members under the current system are grandfathered into today’s retirement system.

Blended Retirement Infographic

Guard and Reserve Newsletter

Guard and Reserve Newsletter

The first quarter of the Guard and Reserve Newsletter is now available for download. The Guard and Reserve Support Network is a Department of Defense partnership of programs supporting the needs of the National Guard and Reserve community.


My Training Hub: Financial Readiness Courses Fact Sheet

My Training Hub

Financial fitness is right at your fingertips with new training for service members and their Families. My Training Hub is the Department of Defense's new consolidated, online training platform. It brings learning to life in a convenient online setting that services the entire military community. This platform was created by professionals with the highest standards in training and technology, and responds to different learning preferences, tracks learners' participation and evaluates training outcomes.

My Training Hub

Apps for Download

Apps for Download

Safe Helpline App for Sexual Assault Survivors in the Military (for iOS or Android) allows sexual assault survivors in the military to create a customized self-care plan and connect to resources from anywhere in the world.

Babies on the Homefront provides military and veteran parents ideas for enhancing everyday moments with their baby or toddler.

Battle Buddy gives you tools and information needed to assist in crisis situations.

Request Your Soldier's Life Cycle Kit

Army Reserve Family Programs is here for you throughout the Soldier's Life Cycle. Putting Family first, then balancing between a civilian job and Army Reserve life is hard work. Let Army Reserve Family Programs (ARFP) help you make that balance easier. Get connected by

DoDEA School Calendars: Europe: 2016-2017

DoDEA School Calendars

Reporting date for Educators and Non-administrative Personnel

Tuesday, August 23

Reporting date for non-administrative educator personnel for orientation and classroom preparation and in-service

First Semester (86 Instructional Days)

Monday, August 29

Begin First Quarter and First Semester

Monday, September 5

Labor Day Federal Holiday

Monday, October 10

Columbus Day - Federal Holiday

Thursday, November 3

End of First Quarter (46 days of classroom instruction)

Friday, November 4

No school for students - teacher work day

Monday, November 7

Begin second quarter

Friday, November 11

Veterans Day - Federal Holiday

Thursday, November 24 - Friday, November 25

Thanksgiving - Federal Holiday

Monday, December 19

Begin Winter Recess


Monday, January 2

New Year's Day - Federal Holiday

Monday, January 16

Martin Luther King Day - Federal Holiday

Thursday, January 19

End of Second Quarter and First Semester (85 days of classroom instruction)

Friday, January 20

No school for students - teacher work day

Second Semester (96 Instructional Days)

Monday, January 23

Begin Third Quarter and Second Semester

Monday, February 20

Presidents' Day - Federal Holiday

Thursday, March 30

End of Third Quarter (48 days of classroom instruction)

Friday, March 31

No school for students - teacher work day

Monday, April 3

Begin Spring Recess

Monday, April 10

Instruction Resumes - Begin Fourth Quarter

Monday, May 29

Memorial Day - Federal Holiday

Thursday, June 15

End of Fourth Quarter and Second Semester (48 Days of classroom instruction)

Friday, June 16

No school for students - teacher work day
Last day for non-administrative educator personnel

School Year 2016-2017

Instructional days: 182
Teacher Work Days: 190


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