Releasing after 25 years? Make sure you have the right end date.

Have you served enough days to get an immediate pension?  Know what is required before you release to ensure there are no surprises!

If you are planning on a pension because you have 25 years of CF service, you must have 9,131 days (25 years) of CF service at release. In many cases, members go on leave without pay (LWOP) following enrolment into the CAF to accommodate for the time between their enrollment date and when they report for training. This type of LWOP is not considered days of CF service.

For example, if you enrolled on January 15, 2015, and took LWOP for 4 days (January 15 – 18), you would not qualify until January 18, 2040. Only periods of LWOP for maternity or parental reasons are days of CF service.  There are other ways you might be eligible for an immediate pension if you don’t have enough service, check out the CAF Pension website to find out more.

If you are planning on retiring, contact the Pension Centre at Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) or access their pension information on-line. Making sure you have the right end date is easy and can save you a lot of trouble when you release. Use the resources available to you, act now, and ensure a smooth start to life after the Forces.

For more information, please see the CANFORGEN 203/16.

Units may also send pension questions to Directorate Pensions and Social Programs as they cannot contact the Pension Centre directly on a member’s file.

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