Separating from Active Duty | TRICARE

Separating from Active Duty

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Separating from Active Duty 

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You have 90 days from your separation date to change your health plan.

You and your family may qualify for temporary health care coverage when you separate from the service or get out before you retire.

Remember to schedule your Separation History and Physical Examination (SHPE) between 90 and 180 days before you separate or start terminal leave. The SHPE is a single separation examination the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) use to capture your complete medical history. >>Learn More about the SHPE

Active Duty Service Members

There are two programs for temporary coverage. You may qualify for:

If you separate from active duty, that is different than if you retire. >>Learn More

National Guard/Reserve MembersClick to closeIncludes members of the:
  • Army National Guard
  • Army Reserve
  • Navy Reserve
  • Marine Corps Reserve
  • Air National Guard
  • Air Force Reserve
  • U.S. Coast Guard Reserve

Your coverage options depend on your military status before you separate.

If you separate right after active duty service, you may qualify for:

If you aren't activatedClick to closeCalled or ordered to active duty service for more than 30 days in a row. when you separate, you may qualify for temporary coverage. Check with your Service representative for details.

If you're a member of the Selected Reserve and use TRICARE Reserve Select, you may purchase the Continued Health Care Benefit Program when you separate.

You may be able to extend your TRICARE Reserve Select coverage up to 180 days if you:

  • Are a member of the Selected Reserve
  • Use TRICARE Reserve Select 
  • Were involuntarily separated under not adverse conditions 

For more information, contact your Service personnel department.

Did You Know?

Family members, age 18 and older, can get a DS Logon for up to six months after sponsor’s separation so they can continue to access their information in MilConnect.

Separating from active duty is different than retiring ...

Learn about your TRICARE benefits if you are retiring from active duty.

"Separating" is Different than "Deactivating"

If you are deactivating,  you are not “getting out" of the National Guard or Reserves, but your military status is changing so your health care options will also change. >>Learn More

Last Updated 12/19/2017