Retiree Support


The Retired Activities Office (RAO) first established in November 1981 as mandated by the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations Directives is one of four elements of the Navy’s Retired Activities Program.

The other three elements are the Secretary of the Navy’s Retiree Council, Retiree Seminars/Retiree Appreciation Days, and the Shift Colors and Semper Fidelis official retiree newsletters.



The RAO supports and enriches the lives of military retired personnel, their families and eligible former spouses of military retirees. The RAO serves as a liaison between local military retirees, organizations and agencies working to ensure retirees receive their benefits and entitlements earned for their military service.

Those organizations and agencies include: Defense Finance Accounting Service (DFAS), Board for Correction of Naval Records (BCNR) and the Veterans Administration (VA). RAOs are primarily staffed by military retirees serving as volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering at a RAO, please contact the RAO nearest to you.


Services Provided

  • Entitlements
  • Benefits
  • Privileges
  • Incapacitated/Dependent (Adult Child)
  • Military Retiree Seminar
  • Getting things in order checklist
  • Preparing claims
    • Retired Serviceman’s Family Protection Plan (RSFPP)
    • Survivors Benefit Plan (SBP)
    • Death Benefits under the Civil
    • Service Retirement System
    • Unpaid compensation
  • DFAS
    • Allotment changes
    • Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
    • Report of Existence (ROE)
    • MyPay enrollment
    • Change of address/direct deposit/beneficiary/state and federal tax withholdings
    • Veterans Administration (VA) enrollment
    • IRS report of military retired or annuity pay received (IRS form 1099R)
    • Form authorizing withholding’s of military retired or annuity pay received (IRS forms  W-4/W-4P)
    • Application for Correction of Military Record (Form DD-149)
    • Legal referrals
    • Wills, trust, and probate
    • Bankruptcy
    • Family Law
    • Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act (USFSPA)
    • Former spouse percentage of retired pay as determined by the “Brown’s Formula”
    • Survivor Benefit Plan/Program (SBP) Counseling
    • Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
    • Retired Casualty Assistance Program (RCAP)
    • Agencies supporting and providing military benefits and entitlements
    • National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) to request active duty service and medical records



  • Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS)
  • Medicare, Social Security, TRICARE, Elder Abuse
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
  • Tax Preparation Assistance
  • U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service
  • CALVETS (California VA benefits & entitlements)
  • Navy Legal, Legal Aid Society Government Life Insurance
  • Military Burial at Sea



Facility Contact Information

Burial at Sea Program

Phone: 619-532-8066

Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS)

Phone: 800-538-9552

Department of Veterans Affairs

Phone: 800-827-1000

Defense Finance Accounting Service (DFAS) 800-321-1080


Nationwide ID Lab Facilities

Make an appointment at:

• ID Lab Naval Air Station North Island

Phone: 619-545-9501

• ID Lab Naval Base San Diego

Phone: 619-556-9248

• ID Lab Naval Medical Center San Diego:.

Phone: 619-532-6557

Navy Region Southwest Resources


Military Funeral Honors

Phone: 619-556-9790

Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for Civil Service Employment/Annuit Pay

Phone: 888-767-6738

San Diego County Veterans Service Office

Phone: 858-694-3222

Social Security Administration

Phone: 800-772-1213

Southern California National Cemeteries


• Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

Phone: 619-553-2084

• Miramar National Cemetery

Phone: 858-658-7360

• Riverside National Cemetery

Phone: 951-653-8417

TRICARE Express scripts


Mail Order Pharmacy

Phone: 877-782-8731

TRICARE for Life (TCL)

Phone: 866-773-0404

TRICARE Information Center

Phone: 877-988-9378


One Call Serves All!

24/7 Appointment Scheduling for, clinical counseling, relocation assistance, resume assistance, and financial consultations at any Navy Region Southwest FFSC call 1-866-923-6478.

Facility Contact Information
Fleet and Family Support Center Location: 3rd St, Building 214, Rm 127
Hours: Monday-Friday: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Closed Weekends and Holidays
Phone: 760-339-2442

Military retirees in the China Lake area are served by the Retrired Activites office in San Diego.

Facility Contact Information
Naval Amphibious Base Coronado Location: 3324 Guadalcanal Rd., Bldg. 16 Coronado, CA 92155Phone: (619) 437-2780


Navy Base San Diego Location: 3005 Corbina Alley, Bldg. 259

Phone: (619) 556 8987



Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach Location: 800 Seal Beach Blvd., Bldg. 22

Phone: (562) 626-7152