DD Form 2891 Authorization for Retired Serviceman's Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) and/Or Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) Costs Deduction

What Is DD Form 2891?

DD Form 2891, Authorization for Retired Serviceman's Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) and/or Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) Costs Deduction is a form filed by military members to grant permission to deduct the costs for RSFPP or SBP from their Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) monthly allowance or pension. The form comes in handy when the service member's retired pay cannot cover their SBP premiums and they wish to have deductions made from their monthly allowance.

An up-to-date DD Form 2891 fillable version was released by the Department of Defense (DoD) and is available for digital filing and download below or can be found through the Executive Services Directorate website.

The DD 2891 is related to the DD Form 2656 series - a nine-piece set of forms related to SBP enrollment. The Survival Benefit Plan - or SBP - is a life insurance policy with monthly payments to surviving dependent children or spouses of deceased servicemen. The newest edition of the form - sometimes incorrectly referred to as the DA Form 2891 - was issued by the DoD in October 2005 with all previous editions being obsolete.

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DD Form 2891 Authorization for Retired Serviceman
DD Form 2891 Authorization for Retired Serviceman

Download DD Form 2891 Authorization for Retired Serviceman's Family Protection Plan (RSFPP) and/Or Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) Costs Deduction

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How to Fill Out DD Form 2891?

The authorization form is made up of a single page with filing guidelines provided by the DoD. DD Form 2891 instructions are as follows:

  1. The first section of the form is completed by the service member. They should indicate the amount of the deduction and its purpose and specify the date when the deductions need to start. The provided information should be certified with a signature before the form is dated. Any DD 2891 Forms without dates or signatures will not be processed.
  2. The second section is completed by a Veterans' Affairs representative. The provided information will be used to assist in the identification of the specified deduction amount for proper deposit.
  3. The completed form should be returned to Defense Finance and Accounting Service - U.S. Military Retirement Pay, 8899 E 56th Street Indianapolis, IN 46249-1200.