CLOSURE OF THE BLENDED RETIREMENT SYSTEM ENROLLMENT PERIOD:
R 201700Z NOV 18
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC
PASS TO OFFICE CODES:
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INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC//00//
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N1/NOV//
SUBJ/CLOSURE OF THE BLENDED RETIREMENT SYSTEM ENROLLMENT PERIOD//
REF/B/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/271444ZSEP16//
REF/C/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/281546ZNOV16//
REF/D/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/311929ZJAN17//
REF/E/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/062134ZJUN17//
REF/F/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/201541ZDEC17//
REF/G/MSG/CNO WASHINGTON DC/021520JUL18//
NARR/REF A IS SECTIONS 631 THROUGH 635 OF NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT,
SUBTITLE D - DISABILITY PAY, RETIRED PAY AND SURVIVOR BENEFITS. REF B IS
NAVADMIN 217/16, ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE BLENDED RETIREMENT SYSTEM FOR THE
UNIFORMED SERVICES. REF C IS NAVADMIN 259/16, NOTIFICATION OF ELIGIBILITY TO
OPT-IN TO THE BLENDED RETIREMENT SYSTEM. REF D IS NAVADMIN 020/17,
NOTIFICATION OF AVAILABILITY OF THE BLENDED RETIREMENT SYSTEM OPT-IN
REF E IS NAVADMIN 133/17, NOTIFICATION OF AVAILABILITY OF THE BLENDED
RETIREMENT SYSTEM OPT-IN COMPARISON CALCULATOR. REF F IS NAVADMIN 302/17,
NOTIFICATION OF THE START OF THE BLENDED RETIREMENT SYSTEM ENROLLMENT PERIOD
AND ENROLLMENT INSTRUCTIONS FOR OPT-IN ELIGIBLE SERVICE MEMBERS. REF G IS
NAVADMIN 158/18, BLENDED RETIREMENT SYSTEM ENROLLMENT PERIOD AND CONTINUATION
REF H IS NAVPERS 15560D, NAVAL MILITARY PERSONNEL MANUAL.//
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN reminds eligible Sailors that there are only a few
weeks left until the blended retirement system (BRS) enrollment period comes
to a close. As previously announced in references (a) through (g), the BRS
enrollment period will remain open until 31 December 2018. During this
period, opt-in eligible Service members may enroll in the BRS via the *myPay*
website. Opt- in eligible Service members who do not choose to enroll in BRS
will remain in the current *legacy* retirement system. If a Service member
elects to enroll in the BRS, that election is irrevocable.
Only those Sailors that have been granted an extension in line with Article
1810-080 of reference (h) are allowed to opt-in after
31 December 2018.
2. Command leaders are responsible for ensuring that opt-in eligible Service
members are prepared to make an informed financial decision prior to the
closure of the opt-in window. Ensuring Sailors have the education and
training tools needed to make the right decision for their situation is the
job of command mentors, one of the six elements of being *Brilliant on the
Basics* for retention, and is covered in NAVADMINs 095/18, 100/18 and 043/08.
This responsibility to educate and train Service members continues even after
they have made the decision to opt-in. Current reports show that there are
some Service members who have opted in to BRS but are not making
contributions to their thrift savings plan (TSP) account and are therefore
not receiving government matching for their TSP. Leaders should encourage
members in this situation to work with their command financial specialist or
a financial counselor to review their personal budget options to maximize
their TSP contributions.
3. Commands should notify all opt-in eligible Service members within their
command that there are only a few weeks left in the BRS enrollment period.
To enable this notification, the career information management system (CIMS)
command career counselor (CCC) or command pay and personnel administrator
(CPPA) can certify the list of all opt-in eligible Service members within
their command by running a command BRS eligibility report in Navy Standard
Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS).
a. The functionality to run and print the BRS eligibility report for a
command is assigned to the roles of CIMS CCC and CPPA in NSIPS. Procedures
to run the reports are provided in the BRS tutorial job performance aid (JPA)
on the NSIPS home page as
(1) Navigate to the NSIPS login Page at
(2) Under Training: select BRS tutorial JPA.
(3) Under BRS User Roles: select command roles.
(4) Select: CPPA or CCC as applicable.
(5) Select applicable reports from the drop down menu then follow the
procedures as listed.
4. BRS information can be found on the Navy BRS page at
5. As stated in references (b) through (g), the opt-in decision may be the
most important financial decision a member makes in their Navy career. A
concerted effort by the Navy Total Force must be made to ensure that opt-in
eligible Service members understand the opt-in decision and are equipped to
make this decision prior to the closure of the opt-in period on 31 December
6. Released by Vice Admiral R. P. Burke, N1.//