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Combat Related Service Connection (CRSC) Key Factors

Here are a few key factors that will help you understand the CRSC guidance:

  • Years of Service: the more service, the easier to qualify (more ret pay earned by service alone -- 2.5% of pay/yr)
  • Relative VA vs. DoD disability rating: The bigger the difference, the easier to qualify for CRSC
  • % disability due to combat: The more due to combat, the easier to qualify for CRSC
  • Key issue: Any retired pay above 2.5% x YOS is still subject to offset by VA disability comp
  • Multiple factors mean results not always predictable

Our best advice to combat-disabled retirees: Apply!


Example 1: E4 with 4 YOS and rated 100% from both DoD and VA (100% combat-related)

DoD Disability Retirement:

$1,412 (75% of base pay)

Service-Earned Pay:

-$ 188 (4 yrs x 2.5% x pay)

DoD Pay for "Disability":

$1,224


Max CRSC 100% cbt-related:
(cannot exceed DoD dis ret)


$1,412

DoD Pay for "Disability":

-$1,224

CRSC Eligibility:

$ 188


SRSC Award=


$ 188


Example 2: O3 with 4 YOS and rated 70% from both DoD and VA (70% combat-related)

DoD Disability Retirement:

$3,125 (70% of base pay)

Service-Earned Pay:

-$ 446 (4 yrs x 2.5% x pay)

DoD Pay for "Disability":

$2,679


Max CRSC 70% cbt-related:
(cannot exceed DoD dis ret)


$1,161

DoD Pay for "Disability":

-$2,679

CRSC Eligibility:

$ 0


SRSC Award=


$ 0


Example 3: O4 with 12 YOS and 40% DoD rating, 80% VA rating (80% combat-related)

DoD Disability Retirement:

$2,240 (40% of base pay)

Service-Earned Pay:

-$1,680 (12 yrs x 2.5% x pay)

DoD Pay for "Disability":

$ 560


Max CRSC 80% cbt-related:
(cannot exceed DoD dis ret)


$1,349

DoD Pay for "Disability":

-$ 560

CRSC Eligibility:

$ 789


SRSC Award=


$ 789


Example 4: Example 4: O4 with 12 YOS and 40% DoD rating, 100% VA rating (50% combat-related)

DoD Disability Retirement:

$2,240 (40% of base pay)

Service-Earned Pay:

-$1,680 (12 yrs x 2.5% x pay)

DoD Pay for "Disability":

$560


Max CRSC 50% cbt-related:
(cannot exceed DoD dis ret)


$728

DoD Pay for "Disability":

-$ 560

CRSC Eligibility:

 


SRSC Award=


$ 168


Example 5: O5 with 18 YOS and 40% DoD rating, 100% VA rating (100% combat-related)

DoD Disability Retirement:

$2,966 (45% of base pay)

Service-Earned Pay:

-$2,966 (18 yrs x 2.5% x pay)

DoD Pay for "Disability":

$ 0


Max CRSC 100% cbt-related:
(cannot exceed DoD dis ret)


$2,527

DoD Pay for "Disability":

-$ 0

CRSC Eligibility:

$2,527


SRSC Award=


$2,527


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