Post PDBR: Retirement Orders

PB&A

Registered Member
#1
Hello everyone,

A little bit of background for those who haven't read my previous posts. I recieved a favorable decision letter dated 4 Dec 15 from the Air Force that I was granted retirement. The letter directed me to do the SBP brief and told me I would recieve orders, ECT. I immediately started trying to get my SBP briefing done as I was told that had to be done first. After requesting the brief every week and told "I'm too busy" I finally filed an IG compliant for that office and recieved the brief at the beggining of March. (I tried multiple routes before the IG complaint and then was told the only reason I got the brief was due to the IG complaint by the briefer) I thought that was the end of the issues.... but no.

I waited several weeks to give the SBP time to process as I was told that paperwork would be sent over to the section responsible for doing my orders and to DFAS. I started following up this week and found out no one recieved this paperwork after I completed it. I sent it myself to the offices but the Air Force is saying they must recieve it from the PDBR. The PDBR says they sent it once and won't do it again. I'm stuck in a loop with what seems like no way out.

Has anyone had an issue with the PDBR sending a "Directive" to their service? I'm being told by the AF that is what is needed. They said the letter I recieved is not the directive.

Any advice is appreciated as I have no idea what to do now.
 

PB&A

Registered Member
#2
Okay so now I have more information... It is just my luck that I receive good information right after I post :)

I received an e-mail from the PDBR back that said documents were just sent from DC to the Air Force this week. This is seperate documents from the initial ones sent in December. They stated it has two offices to go to before orders can be cut which is about 60 days. I'm relieved to have an answer now.

I wish there was somewhere that we could see the process. I thought after I recieved the letter from the AF that the PDBR paperwork was completed (and that is what I was told by someone at PDBR 3 times). But anyway I am happy to have an answer and know whats going on!

Good luck everyone with this process as it can be a rollercoaster to say the least.
 

Perci75

PEB Forum Veteran
Registered Member
#3
Okay so now I have more information... It is just my luck that I receive good information right after I post :)

I received an e-mail from the PDBR back that said documents were just sent from DC to the Air Force this week. This is seperate documents from the initial ones sent in December. They stated it has two offices to go to before orders can be cut which is about 60 days. I'm relieved to have an answer now.

I wish there was somewhere that we could see the process. I thought after I recieved the letter from the AF that the PDBR paperwork was completed (and that is what I was told by someone at PDBR 3 times). But anyway I am happy to have an answer and know whats going on!

Good luck everyone with this process as it can be a rollercoaster to say the least.
I know this is an old post, but wanted to know if you could share your timeline with me on how long your post PDBR process took for the Air Force? There are a few of us on here now in the same situation?
 
#4
Some things to consider and expect.

1st after you receive your orders...ID cards. that was simple and easy. 2nd pick out insurance plan you want. But be aware...If you choose one with a premium you have to pay it back to your discharge/retirement date. the same with Survivor benefits. so really think about this.

Also, if you live close to a base/post/station...DO NOT ask them about your DFAS paperwork....When my husband was at retirement services they tried to take his papers and tell him they would mail them, DFAS on post tried to have him mail them to a different address.. Clearly everyone is a helper now. lol just follow instructions from Mr. Al (Army) it will only cost you a longer wait if you deviate from the plan...We did find out you do not have to pay back the V.A. just your severance to whatever branch you left. DFAS said it can take any where from 30 days to 6 months. Not sure if they have a section just for these cases or what. That is all the info I have at this time.
 
#5
Question??? Does anyone have information on who or where to contact regarding reimbursement for civilian insurance? We've gathered all our paid out premiums and deductibles and payments but want to make sure we are sending it to the correct office.
 
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