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Benefits

Medical and Health:

TRICARE offers comprehensive, affordable health coverage with several health plan options, a robust pharmacy benefit, dental options, special programs and demonstrations.

TRICARE Reserve Select:

The new and enhanced TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) health plan took effect October 1, 2007. As required under the new law, the old three-tier TRS was eliminated and replaced with a single premium rate for all qualified Selected Reserve members and their eligible family members.

The enhanced TRS is a premium-based TRICARE health plan, available to qualified members of the Selected Reserve, at 28 percent of the premium cost, offering coverage similar to TRICARE Standard (and TRICARE Extra) with the same deductible and cost share payments used for active duty family member program. To qualify to purchase TRS coverage, a Reserve component member must be serving in the Selected Reserve on the first day of TRS coverage and must remain in the Selected Reserve for the entire period covered under TRS. Only those Selected Reserve members who are eligible for or enrolled in a health benefit plan under chapter 89 of title 5 of the United States Code (the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program) are, by law, excluded from purchasing TRS.

Pay:

With basic pay and 70 types of special pays and allowances, military pay is customized to your situation. Changes in pay grade, duty status, your military occupation, duty station, or deployment status can have an impact on your pay.

Education:

Education is one of the greatest benefits of serving in the Armed Forces. As a servicemember, veteran, or family member, you have special opportunities that can help provide money for school, support, and ways to save both time and money.