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Subject:  Re: Need Present value (?) calculation help Date:  1/16/2013  6:33 PM
Author:  DragonTales Number:  71256 of 78166

Isn't the difference between retiring at 20 or 30 years from the military - 1/2 salary or full salary ? So for staying 3 years, he doubles his retirement income for the rest of his life ?

No, it's graduated, monthly, between 20 & 30 years, and between 50% & 75% of base pay, respectively. Goes up by ~.2083% per month (2.5% per year). So, if someone stayed in for 24 years and 4 months, their retirement multiplier would be 50% + 52/120*25% or 60.833%. But retirement pay is based on base pay, not total pay. Little gotcha that's not well known.