The DD 2656 Series is a set of nine forms related to the election, verification, and termination of the Survivor Benefit Plan.
The Survivor Benefit Plan - called the SBP for short - is a life insurance policy initiated by the Department of Defense (DoD) that provides monthly payments to eligible surviving spouses and dependent children of retired service members upon their death. The SBP, Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RCSBP), and Retired Serviceman's Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) provide elected beneficiaries with a monthly payment (or an annuity) for the rest of their life. The amount of the payment is a percentage of a service member’s retired pay based on their election.
Election to participate in any of these programs is made at the time of retirement. There are certain participation costs. In most cases, these are deducted from the retiree's monthly pay and vary depending on the number of elected benefits.