Can a spouse waive military retirement?
No, there is no Federal law that automatically entitles a former spouse to a portion of a member's military retired pay. A former spouse must have been awarded a portion of a member's military retired pay in a State court order.
How long do you have to be married to get military pension?
10 yearsMilitary Retirement Pay/Pension Direct retirement payments are made through the Defense Finance and Accounting Service. In order for the military to provide direct retirement payments to an ex-spouse, the couple must have been married 10 years overlapping with 10 years of service.
What is a military spouse entitled to after divorce?
After divorce, the former spouse is entitled to the Continued Health Care Benefit Program (CHCBP), which is the Tricare version of “COBRA” for three years. And as long as the spouse remains unmarried and was also awarded a share of the military retirement or SBP, the former spouse may remain on CHCBP for life.
What is a military spouse entitled to?
Most also receive a variety of allowances, special pays and bonuses depending on things like deployment, paygrade and military job. For most married service members, those allowances include Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) and Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). Guard and Reserve pay work a little differently.