DD Form 2656, Data for Payment of Retired Personnel, is used to elect an SBP and designate beneficiaries for retired pay. A fillable DD Form 2656 is available for download and digital filing below or can be accessed through the Executive Services Directorate website.
The latest edition of the form - sometimes incorrectly referred to as the DA Form 2656 - was issued by the Department of Defense (DoD) on October 1, 2018, and provides relevant information needed to establish a retainer or retired pay account and gathers information on any dependents the retiree may have.
There is no mailing address for DD Form 2656. Once you have completed the form, your Branch of Service will send it along with all supporting documentation to DFAS Retired and Annuitant (R&A) Pay for processing.
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