DD Form 2656-2, SBP Termination Request, is a form used to voluntarily discontinue participation in the Army Survivor Benefit Plan. Retired Soldiers may opt-out of SBP coverage with the former spouse's concurrence witnessed by a Notary public or a designated SBP Counsellor and between the 25th and 36th month following the date they began to receive retired pay. After termination, SBP participation may never be resumed.
An up-to-date fillable version of DD Form 2656-2 is available for download or digital filing below or can be found on the Executive Services Directorate website. The DD 2656-2 is a part of a series of related documents used for actions related to the SBP, RSFPP, and RCSBP. The form was last released by the Department of Defense (DoD) on July 1, 2020, with all previous editions being obsolete.
There are both advantages and disadvantages to discontinuing SBP participation. Benefits include tax advantages, government-subsidized SBP costs, protection against inflation and resumed coverage in cases when the individual chooses to remarry and the disadvantages are either personal or cost-related.
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